Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Tuesday | February 19, 2013
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House approves education bill in favour of immigrants

A bill allowing illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at Oregon universities has cleared its first legislative hurdle.

A House committee approved the measure yesterday, sending it to a vote in the full House.

Oregon requires university students to pay higher out-of-state tuition if they can't prove they are legally in the United States. The bill's supporters say young illegal immigrants shouldn't be denied access to affordable higher education because of their parents' decision to migrate without authorisation.

Critics say the state shouldn't subsidise college tuition for people who can't legally work in the United States.

The measure has support from lawmakers of both parties and could come up for a House vote as soon as Friday.

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