This is why I love my Alma Mater's state. Rhode Island has always been ahead of the game and more liberal than most states, but this is my favorite thus far.
You can read more about the legislation, why it was passed and why people oppose it on Reuters:
Rhode Island offers lower tuition to immigrants
Here, I just wanted to say this makes me happy because it shows progress in immigration law in the US. I like that since the federal government isn't making moves to pass anything, states have taken matters into their own hands. Because let's be honest with each other here: the biggest contention is more local than national.
Who knows once this is in effect and people see on a national level how progressive this law will be (knock on wood!) and show how much this will benefit the state as a whole, national lawmakers won't start to wake up to this sort of legislation and act?
What are your thoughts? Should states make these sort of decisions? Will RI serve as a guinea pig for other states?