On Wednesday, November 30th, Senator Greg Steube (R-Sarasota) introduced Senate Bill 82 with the intention to repeal the In-state tuition law, which passed with bipartisan support (26-13) in 2014. Only two years after this historic victory, Florida students’ futures are once again at risk.
In response to yesterday’s bill proposal announcement, Julio Calderon, Access to College Organizer and in-state tuition beneficiary stated:
“During the past two years we have seen their faces, heard their stories, and seen their eyes light up when they find out they can continue their education. HB-851 made it possible for nearly 3,000 undocumented students to follow their DREAMs of a higher education by allowing them to pay In-State Tuition.
It is extremely disappointing to see legislators like Senator Steube introduce legislation to get rid of opportunities like the In-State tuition Law and jeopardize Florida’s future. We hope that the same leadership that pushed for this just two years ago, can take a stand and tell Senator Steube that all students deserve a fair chance at achieving their dreams.
Many of the students who have benefitted from In-state tuition are now graduating, joining the workforce and contributing to our state’s flourishing economy. We will continue to educate our immigrant community and will undoubtedly mobilize to remind returning and incoming leadership in Tallahassee that we are florida and we are here to stay.”
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The Florida Immigrant Coalition is a statewide alliance of over 60 member organizations, including farmworkers, students, service providers, grassroots organizations and legal advocates, who come together for the fair treatment of all people.