Posted: Apr 25, 2011 8:15 PM by Stefanie Boe
DENVER (AP) - A Republican-led House panel rejected legislation that would allow illegal immigrants to attend Colorado colleges at the lower in-state tuition rate.
Republicans who voted against the bill Monday said it would entice more illegal immigrants to come to the U.S. and provide false to students who would not be able to legally work after graduation.
Democrats argued that allowing more students to attend
college would boost the state's economy and that the children of illegal immigrants should not be punished for their parent's mistakes.
Senate Bill 126 would have allowed illegal immigrant students to qualify for in-state tuition if they meet certain criteria, such as attending a Colorado high school for at least three years and graduating from a state school.
This is the fifth time such a bill has failed in Colorado.