Repealing DREAM Act Would Harm Many Texas Residents, Documented or Not

YubaNet.com - The Texas DREAM Act – Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors – gave in-state tuition benefits to non-citizens who lived in Texas for at least three years before graduating high school, so long as they indicated their intent to apply for citizenship as soon as possible. Signed into law in 2001, the act was the first of its kind, but it would be followed by similar measures in 17 other states.

Under Senate Bill 1819 – currently under debate in the Texas Senate – colleges would be required to charge undocumented students out-of-state tuition, potentially doubling the cost of a college degree.

Supporters of the bill say it would give college privileges only to American citizens. Opponents say it is an anti-immigrant measure that will encourage students to drop out. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick made a campaign promise in 2014 to repeal the law while Gov. Greg Abbott said the "flawed" legislation needs to be reworked.

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