Ohio Legislator Wants To Make College Afforable For Children Of Immigrants

Jun 27, 2012

Last week, President Obama issued an executive order that gives young people who were brought into the country as young children and have lived here all of their lives some protection against deportation. Now a couple of Ohio Senators want to take that a step further in Ohio. Democratic State Senator Charleta Tavares explains her legislation to make college more affordable for children of undocumented immigrants.

"It’s called the tuition Equity Act which will give more students here in Ohio, those who have grown up here in Ohio, the chance to achieve the American dream," says Tavares. " Basically it would allow those students who have come into the US with their parents, who have been here for a number of years, who have gone to our schools, who are under 30 years of age, the opportunity to have in state tuition."

Senator Tavares says this legislation is not being floated to draw partisan lines between Democrats and Republicans on this issue. She notes lawmakers in conservative states, like Texas, have backed plans like this in the past. The Ohio legislature is out of session for the summer so if this bill is to pass, it would have to do so at the end of this year…..after the November election.