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Old 03-08-2013, 01:05 PM
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Tuition For Undocumented Immigrant Students Bill Gets Final Approval In Colorado

Undocumented immigrant students in Colorado have reason to celebrate today -- a bill that grants undocumented students in-state college tuition got final approval in the House, Friday, The Associated Press reports.

Senate Bill 33, which allows students who have attended a Colorado high school and have also attended at least three years of schooling in state to receive the in-state college tuition rate regardless of their legal status, already passed the full Senate and now heads to Gov. John Hickenlooper's desk for a signature who is expected to sign the bill into law.

The governor and I support this bill because we want Colorado to have a strong economy,” Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia said during testimony when the bill initially passed Senate committee in January.

Read the full text of the bill here.

"Today we've made history," bill sponsor Rep. Angela Williams (D-Denver) said during the hearing of the bill earlier in the week, Fox31 reported. "We need these students. Give them an opportunity to achieve the American Dream."

The Denver Post's Lynn Bartels reports that each year there are approximately 1,500 high school graduates in Colorado without legal immigration status. And the first year this law takes effect about 500 of those will attend college for the first time generating millions in revenue for the state in the years following.

In February, the historic bill passed the Democrat-controlled Senate which was not a surprise, but what was surprising is that it got its first-ever Republican support in the Senate when three GOP senators -- Sen. Owen Hill (R-Colorado Springs), Sen. Larry Crowder (R-Alamosa) and Sen. Greg Brophy (R-Wray) -- voted in favor of the bill.

“This is a country where you’re supposed to be able to pursue happiness and I want the GOP to be the Grand Opportunity Party,” Brophy said, who in years past has only stood in opposition of similar bills like this, according to Fox31.

"I'm of the opinion that this is a very conservative idea," Crowder said, The Denver Post reports. Crowder also said that he believed the bill would cost taxpayers, but said that it was worth it.

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