Immigrant tuition bill stirs controversy


Senate Bill 742, which would allow students to pay in-state tuition rates regardless of their immigration status, is drawing both passionate supporters and opponents.

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Senate Bill 742, which would allow students to pay in-state tuition rates regardless of their immigration status, is drawing both passionate supporters and opponents.

“Not only is it a moral imperative, it’s an economic imperative for Oregon,” said Susan Castillo, the state schools superintendent and the first Hispanic woman elected to statewide office.

But Dee Sutton-Velez of Neskowin, who also is Hispanic, offered a differing view.

“It does not make economic sense, during a time of recession, and it would only escalate the problem of illegal immigration,” she said.

Read more at StatesmanJournal.com.

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