Bill would cut tuition for undocumented youths

Posted: January 24, 2013

State Sen. Lloyd Smucker (R., Lancaster) has introduced a bill that would allow undocumented immigrant youths who complete high school in Pennsylvania to be eligible for in-state tuition rates at state colleges.

"This has the potential to expand the pool of skilled workers and prospective job creators," said Smucker, who modeled his legislation on Maryland's Dream Act, which offers subsidized tuition to undocumented youths who were brought to the United States as young children.

While Congress has repeatedly rejected a federal Dream Act, a dozen states have adopted some version of the proposal in recent years, Smucker said. - Michael Matza

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