but AMERICAN CITIZENS living across the river in vancouver,wa while attending oregon colleges and working in oregon, thus paying taxes DO NOT GET IN STATE TUITION !!!
SALEM, OR -- The state Senate approved a bill Tuesday that would allow illegal immigrants actively working toward U.S. citizenship to pay in-state tuition rates at Oregon universities. The 18-11 vote means the measure now goes to the House, where a bipartisan group of lawmakers say they will support it.
"Tuition Equity is about continuing our state's commitment to its students," said Senate Majority Leader Diane Rosenbaum following Tuesday's vote. "he students who will benefit from Senate Bill 742 have attended a U.S. school for at least five years, graduated from an Oregon high school, and are on the path to citizenship. By allowing a student to stay in Oregon and attend college, we're keeping some of our best and our brightest in the state. This is the right thing to do.
Opponents of the legislation say illegal immigrants should not get a benefit that isn't available to American citizens who live in other states. If SB 742 becomes law, it is expected to affect about 100 students over the next seven years.
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