Extending in-state tuition to students who are illegal immigrants appears to be a no-go after the Senate Education Committee moved the bill to general subcommittee Monday, essentially retiring the idea for the year.
Sponsor Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga, has another bill that would allow U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants to qualify for in-state tuition. That bill is scheduled for the Senate floor tonight and the House floor in two weeks.
Cesar Bautista, a coordinator of Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition tuition equality campaign, responded in a statement:
"It is unfortunate that the legislature has missed an opportunity to strengthen our state's economy, generate revenue for our universities, and give every student the opportunity to pay their fair share for college. When undocumented high school seniors graduate this May, they will have to pay 3 times as much for school, making higher education impossible for most."