BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick is renewing his support for a proposal to allow immigrant students without legal status in Massachusetts to pay the same tuition rate at public colleges as legal residents.

Patrick stopped by a Wednesday hearing at the Statehouse to back a bill that would let the students pay the lower in-state rate provided that they’ve attended high school in Massachusetts for at least three years.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Ben Parker reports

The students would also have to sign an affidavit stating that they’ve applied for permanent residency or citizenship, or plan to within three months of qualifying.

Critics of similar proposals say illegal immigrants shouldn’t be offered the same benefits as citizens or others in the state legally.

Supporters say many of the immigrant students were brought here as young children by their parents.

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Comments (6)
  1. Jonathan says:

    Insanity at it’s finest. Who voted for this guy? I just shake my head at the lunacy that goes on in this state…

  2. R U EFFING KIDDING? says:

    Why on earth should we pay for ILLEGAL immigrants education when our own legal children can not afford the tuition? When our own legal american out of state children pay higher tuition, you about to offer ILLEGALS better tuition? OUTRAGEOUS!

  3. Mark says:

    This is so wrong on so many levels. Illegal is the new legal. We should all become citizens of another country and still live here. Once we are all illegal who will pay for all this?

  4. emom says:

    WHAT IS HE THINKING… Oh wait HE DOESNT ,,, PEE BRAIN… really cost of tuition is very high, some can not afford to go and he wants to give ILLEGALS the oppurtunity to TAKE AWAY a greater education all because he is loving the illegals ,,, realy go live in there country and help them out then,, start caring about those that are TRUELY LEGAL in this state for a change ….. what will it take a huge drop out rate to prove to you the legal children are suffering…… He needs to go ,,,, go very far away……..jerk

  5. D Caf says:

    This is BEYOND sickening. ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT, ILLEGAL ALIEN. Those are the CORRECT labels. STOP trying to eliminate the difference between immigrants and ILLEGALS! It’s insulting.

  6. Frank Davis says:

    What part of ILLEGAL don’t these people understand?
    Come on! They tells us we need more money so they find ways to raise our taxes yet they want to give money for students who are in the state ILLEGALLY so THEY can go to school? Fine as long as it comes out of Patrick’s and all the pols that vote to pass this piece of doodoo pockets. One cent, ONE CENT, comes from the general fund that is suppose to be use by the state for those in the state then it is time to clean house.
    Hell! Let’s clean house anyhow! Vote all these idiots who don’t know what the word ILLEGAL means out of office. I don’t care what party their replacements come from but DO NOT re-elect these clowns again.

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