Texas Lawmakers Consider Controversial State 'DREAM Act' Repeal

State lawmakers in Texas are considering a bill that would revoke in-state tuition for undocumented students, The Houston Chronicle reported.

In 2001, Texas became the first state to approve legislation granting the in-state rates if students met certain criteria, including graduating from a Texas high school. This week, the state legislature will take a first look at nullifying the current law.

The proposed measure, SB 1891, would allow colleges to charge undocumented students only out-of-state tuition, effectively doubling the cost of a college degree for some students. Supporters of the bill argue that the state needs to focus on giving college privileges to American citizens. Opponents, on the other hand, assert that the legislation is anti-immigrant measure and worry that it will encourage students to drop-out.

While the fate of the effort is unclear, it has strong backing from the state's Tea Party movement, reported Inside Higher Ed. According to Michael Olivas, a University of Houston law professor who tracks state policy about undocumented students, there are currently 20 states that either by statute or board policy allow these students to pay in-state rates. To date, only Wisconsin has both adopted and repealed such a policy.

 

Related Links

The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/news/politics/texas/article/Senate-panel-takes-up-controversial-Texas-DREAM-6181398.php

Inside Higher Ed

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2015/04/07/texas-bill-would-kill-state-tuition-undocumented-students