Bill to offer in-state tuition to undocumented students will be introduced in Colorado

State Sen. Angela Giron, D-Pueblo, announced today that she will introduce a bill that would grant in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants.

If passed and signed into law, Colorado would join 11 other states with such laws, including Utah, Nebraska, Kansas, New Mexico and Oklahoma.

“We support this legislation,” said Steve Rodriguez, Colorado director of SOMOS Republicans. “Eleven different state supreme courts have ruled in support of legislation like this.

“It will help keep kids off the streets and out of gangs. It gives kids an opportunity to improve themselves,” he said.

Similar bills have failed in past years, even when both houses were in Democratic hands.

From the 7 News website:

“This is obviously going to be one of the most controversial issues” of the session, Giron told Education News. “I feel pretty confident we’ll get it through the Senate. The real struggle will be the House. I’m just working to educate people” there about the economic issues, she added.

“I’m a little nervous, to be honest,” Giron said. “It’s going to be a ride.”

Neither she not Johnston could be reached for comment.

Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.

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