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Washington State offers college financial aid to children of undocumented immigrants

Published: February 27, 2014
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Governor Jay Inslee of Washington State yesterday signed legislation which will offer college financial aid to students brought into the United States illegally by their parents. California, Illinois, Texas, and New Mexico have passed similar legislations. The measure represents a shift in the position of State Senate Republicans: last year, the GOP-controlled Senate blocked a similar measure,called the Dream Act of Washington State, but earlier this month the Senate passed its own version of the bill, which the the governor, a Democrat, signed.

Governor Jay Inslee of Washington State yesterday signed legislation which will offer college financial aid to students brought into the United States illegally by their parents. California, Illinois, Texas, and New Mexico have passed similar legislations.

This bill ensures that the young men and women we’ve invested in at our high schools and who aspire to become productive American citizens will now have fair access to the financial support they need,” Inslee said in a statement following the bill’s passage last week.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the legislation, called the Dream Act of Washington State, signaled a shift within Washington’s Republican Party, whose members halted the passage of a similar legislation last year. In January, Republicans insisted that they would not pass the legislation, but then  introduced a Republican version of the bill in the Republican-led State Senate. The proposed legislation pledged $5 million to help fund the measure. About 800 to 1,200 students will be eligible for financial aid under the new law.

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