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It’s a hot button item that the legislature is grappling with this session: should children of illegal immigrants be granted in-state tuition for higher education?  Republican Jason Conger says he's given it a lot of thought. "I’m opposed to it for a variety of reasons. Probably the biggest three is that they are here illegally. They have a lot of good arguments that really do, and are compelling. They tug at your heartstrings, like; it's not their fault that they are here. You know their parents brought them here. And they want to stay and they want to be productive members of society. And all of those things are legitimate. But at the end of the day, they're still here illegally." Conger says the bottom line is that in-state tuition rate is subsidized by the taxpayers, and he doesn't think it's fair that we should pay for someone who is here illegally to take up the seat of a child who is a legal resident. He adds that there are some community colleges that don't differentiate between in state and out of state students. So that could be an option for them. He also says he's open to finding a path to citizenship for these students, but using college money is not the way.

 

 

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