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Rhode Island Offers In-State Tuition to Undocumented Students

Posted on 29.9.11

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.

A couple of days ago, my college friend, who today works at the International Institute of Rhode Island, where I also interned my senior year of college, sent me a message on Facebook saying RI had approved in-state tuition for undocumented students!

:-)

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?

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Anonymous said...

Yes, but what happens when these undocumented students graduate and are not able to work because they do not have papers....it's not a "nice" thing the universities are doing, its a scheme to make more money. States allowing undocumented students to pay tuition and obtain a degree is NOT for the benefit of the student. The student is then left high and dry with a bucket full of debt, and no way to find a job unless they are lucky enough to get married and obtain permanent residency. We have a serious problem in this country with regards to how the federal government deals with immigration, and the universities admitting undocumented students and offering "lower" tuition is in no way "solving" or "helping" this problem.