Missouri Governor to Veto Bill That Blocks Aid to Undocumented Students

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon on Saturday promised to veto legislation that would bar undocumented students from participating in a state student aid program, The Kansas City Star reported.

Nixon, a Democrat, announced the veto in a speech to the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic advocacy group holding its annual convention in Kansas City.

The bill would require Missouri's A+ Scholarship recipients to be permanent residents or U.S. citizens. The scholarship program covers two years of tuition at community colleges.

"Senate Bill 224 flies in the face of what we believe as Americans and everything we know about the transformative power of education," Nixon said. "It does not value hard work. It does not value personal responsibility."

Supporters of the bill argue that the scholarships should be reserved for Missouri residents. Nixon said that rather than punishing students, the state should be encouraging those who are willing to work hard.


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