Photo: Oregon Session 2011
In an 18-11 vote on Tuesday, the Oregon Senate has voted to allow some illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at Oregon public universities.
To be eligible, the Immigrants must have completed at least three years of high school education in Oregon to be eligible.
Supporters of the legislation say students shouldn’t be punished because their parents brought them to the United States illegally. Furthermore they point out that the state should help students be productive residents after investing in years of public education.
Opponents say illegal immigrants shouldn’t get a benefit that isn’t available to American citizens who live in other states and are required to pay out of state tuition.
The measure now goes to the House, where a bipartisan group of lawmakers has signed on to support it.