Log Out | Member Center



Kansas House defeats immigrant tuition repeal

  • Published Thursday, May 10, 2012, at 4:44 p.m.
  • Updated Friday, May 11, 2012, at 6:34 a.m.

Are you passionate about this issue?

Find and contact local officials, state lawmakers, U.S. congressmen and senators.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The Kansas House has rejected an effort to repeal a 2004 law allowing some illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at public colleges and universities.

The law permits illegal immigrants who meet certain rules, such as graduating from a Kansas high school, to pay the lower tuition Kansas charges to residents of the state. The Kansas Board of Regents says about 500 students participate in the program.

House members defeated a proposed repeal Thursday on an unrecorded 68-32 vote during debate on a broader education bill.

Those favoring repeal said the tuition program rewards illegal immigrants and serves to attract others to Kansas.

But other House members said the students who benefit from the program are working toward citizenship and bettering their lives.

Subscribe to our newsletters

The Wichita Eagle welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views. Please see our commenting policy for more information.

Have a news tip? You can send it to wenews@wichitaeagle.com.

Search for a job


Top jobs