The Kansas State House has repealed an existing law that allows illegal aliens to receive in-state tuition rates at public institutions of higher learning. Current Kansas law allows illegal aliens who attended a Kansas high school for at least three years and graduate to receive the in-state tuition benefit. The bill to reverse that law passed 69-to-49.
HB 2006 now heads to the State Senate for its consideration. There are 413 illegal aliens currently attending state colleges, universities or trade schools in Kansas who are receiving the in-state tuition benefit.
“We should stop punishing the citizens and stop rewarding the lawbreakers,” Rep. Terri Lois Gregory, who voted in favor of the bill, said.
Kansas is one of nine states that currently offers in-state tuition laws to illegal aliens. In 1996, Congress passed the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigration Responsibility Act that prohibits states from offering a benefit to illegal aliens that all U.S. citizens are not eligible for.
Updated: Tue, Feb 22nd 2011 @ 8:24am EST