Delegate David Ramadan in the House of Delegates and Senator Dick Black in the Virginia Senate have introduced bills that would block children of illegal immigrations from being granted in-state tuition at Virginia’s state universities. This is in direct opposition to Attorney General Mark Herring who recently said that illegals could apply for and be granted in-state tuition.[read_more]
Delegate David Ramadan commented on his proposed ban saying,
â€œis what constituents want; this is what Virginians want; this is what my constituents are telling me â€” people who work hard and earn their money and earn their status,â€
When Delegate Ramadan attended George Mason University as a legal immigrant from Lebanon he paid out-of-state tuition.
Senator Black’s bill has been sent to the Senate’s Committee on Education and Health. Delegate Ramadan’s bill is not yet in committee. While the bills are likely to pass the House of Delegates and the state Senate, also likely is a veto by the Governor.
A spokesman for the Governor said he
“believes that Virginia children who were brought here at a young age, grew up here and have stayed out of trouble should have access to the same educational opportunities as everyone else.”
Senator Black responded,
â€œWeâ€™ve got families who have paid Virginia taxes for a lifetime in the hopes that maybe one of their kids can go to a state institution of higher learning, and all of a sudden, weâ€™re going to have foreigners on the fast track.