Senator Dick Black’s bill to prevent children of illegal immigrants from receiving in-state tuition at Virginia’s universities has made it out of committee and will receive consideration by the full Senate. Senate bill 722 was passed on a strictly party line vote of 8-7. [read_more]
Senator Black’s statement,
“There is a Federal Statute that says that if you give in-state tuition to unlawful immigrants then you must give in-state tuition to Americans from other states. It just makes sense that Americans should receive as much consideration as people here illegally. Giving in-state tuition moves illegal immigrants to the front of the line. For every unlawful person who get in-state tuition, there will be an American who can’t go to college in Virginia and that’s unfair. Any time you give something free to a person here illegally, you have to take it from an American.”
If illegal immigrants get tuition breaks at our universities, why shouldn’t tax paying citizens in Maryland, North Carolina and every other state get the same breaks?
“Governor McAuliffe views this bill as counterproductive and mean-spirited,” said Brian Coy, a spokesman for the governor.
“He is focused on expanding economic opportunity to Virginians from all walks of life, not targeting some for discrimination. He would veto this bill.”