VA Sen. Emmett W. Hanger Jr. wants to take discounted college tuition from U.S. citizens
Posted Fri, Feb 10, 2006 at 1:47 am
RICHMOND, Feb. 9 -- A senator who wanted to prevent all illegal immigrants in Virginia from getting the residents' tuition break at state universities changed his mind and on Thursday proposed the first legal avenue for some to pay the reduced fee.Once again: every discounted college education given to an illegal alien is one less given to a U.S. citizen. Was Hanger able to figure that out? Or, did he figure it out and he didn't care? Either way, perhaps he should seek other work.
Swayed by immigrant advocates and his own experiences, Sen. Emmett W. Hanger Jr. (R-Augusta) amended his bill to offer the lower, in-state tuition to undocumented students who are pursuing legal residency, who graduated from a Virginia high school and whose families have paid income taxes for at least three years.
"It's not like they just showed up today," he said of such students. "They've been in the school systems, and they've been good role models. They just lack appropriate documentation. This can be an incentive to help them."