Massachusetts Governor Orders Colleges to Offer In-State Tuition Rates to Undocumented Students

Massachusetts Governor Orders Colleges to Offer In-State Tuition Rates to Undocumented Students

November 27, 2012

Last week, Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick sent a letter to the state's Board of Higher Education, ordering it to extend in-state tuition rates to undocumented students who obtain work permits through the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, reports the Boston Globe.

The program, established through executive order in June and implemented in August, allows undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States through no fault of their own to apply for two-year stays on deportation if they meet certain requirements.

"It's a step in the right direction, but it's not a substitute for comprehensive immigration reform. We still need that," Gov. Patrick told reporters at the Massachusetts State House.

Republican lawmakers criticized the governor's decision to impose the policy unilaterally rather than seek the legislature's approval.

"The implementation of in-state tuition rates for illegal immigrants should be stopped immediately," said State Representative Bradley H. Jones Jr., Republican leader of the Massachusetts House. "Regardless of whether or not the governor and I agree on this issue, the topic at hand should be how best to provide an affordable education for all of Massachusetts' residents."

 

Related Links:

The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/metrodesk/2012/11/19/patrick-says-tuition-breaks-are-just-first-step-toward-wider-immigration-changes/qPdIPqICTG3sHyXCc84SpI/story.html

The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2012/11/19/state-widen-tuition-breaks-include-immigrants/yr5I7kRaklLsFRnbrRbZxM/story.html

 

Michelle Cormier Mott

State Relations