In-State Immigrant Tuition Bill Halted In Tennessee

Posted at 3:42 PM, Mar 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-28 16:42:10-04

A Tennessee senator said his bill to offer in-state tuition for Tennessee public college students whose parents brought or kept them in the country illegally has halted because House leadership won't let it go forward.

Republican Senator Todd Gardenhire said Wednesday that the bill has become a "political hot potato," pointing out that the four major GOP gubernatorial candidates have said they oppose it, including House Speaker Beth Harwell. The bill has only passed a House subcommittee this session. A Senate committee made a motion Wednesday that generally kills a bill.

A similar measure in 2015 passed the Senate but died by a single vote on the House floor.

Earlier in March, dozens of affected students lobbied lawmakers and took photos with Republican Governor Bill Haslam, a supporter of the bill.