Policy: Entitlements

Education, immigrant groups to debate tuition bill

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DAVIE, Fla. — College officials and immigrant advocates are pushing for state legislation that would let undocumented students in Florida pay in-state college tuition rates.

University administrators, students and lawmakers will discuss several tuition proposals Thursday at a Broward College forum. The event is sponsored by civic groups and the Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The state House passed a bill this month that would grant a tuition waiver to high school graduates who attended a Florida school for four consecutive years regardless of their immigration status.

Supporters say it is wrong to deny help to those who were brought to Florida when they were children.

The legislation faces opposition in the state Senate. Some Republicans say Florida should not give a benefit to someone whose family broke the law.

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