Sen. Carroll to defend immigrant tuition bill vote on AM760 today

Culminating a week of being beat up in the press and on the blogs, Colorado Sen. Morgan Carroll (D-Aurora) will talk with AM760 progressive radio show host Mario Solis-Marich at 5:30 p.m. today.

The subject of the pro-am media ire: Carroll’s opposition to a bill providing in-state tuition equity for undocumented Colorado high school grads. Expect fireworks. Marich dubbed Morgan and the four Senate democrats who joined the GOP caucus to defeat SB 170 the “Dream Killer Five” in a piece posted at Huffington Post.

Carroll explained her opposition vote on her own blog:

I cannot support SB 170 in a climate where the state is cutting or eliminating over $1 billion of benefits to the people and is facing a $300 million cut to higher education, which virtually ends higher education as we know it in the State of Colorado.

The plight of children who have done nothing wrong nor know no other country as home is a real one but would not be solved by this bill because under current federal law they remain at risk for deportation and have no lawful path to employment. Federal immigration reform is desperately needed to bring a real solution to this and many other problems. The process for legal immigration in this country is broken and needs to be fixed.

SB 170 identifies a real problem but does not provide the solution. I believe the bill is currently at odds with federal law and brings a real risk of the state being sued — and losing.

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