Support In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants in Arkansas

Target: Arkansas State Legislature

Goal: Support proposal that will give in-state college tuition to undocumented immigrants who live in Arkansas

Recently, a proposal was introduced to the Arkansas State Legislature that would allow undocumented immigrant students in the state to receive in-state college tuition. If the students had attended and graduated from an Arkansas high school, they would be eligible for the lower tuition rate. This proposal will help students who have come into the country by their parents’ choice and have grown up in Arkansas communities. The proposal is not intended to focus on the issue of immigration, but instead seeks to insure that every student will have the chance for an affordable education.

The proposal was introduced by Arkansas Senator Joyce Elliot. She has introduced similar bills in the past, but none have passed. With this proposal, however, she has made it clear that the focus is education, not immigration. Students who have grown up in the state and received a high school diploma from the state should not suddenly be treated as outsiders when they seek a college education. The proposal states that any student who has attended an Arkansas high school for three or more years and received a diploma will be eligible for in-state college tuition. This proposal is specifically designed to help those students who have received their high school education in the state, regardless of their citizenship status. Elliot has succeeded in crafting a proposal that focuses on education, yet still helps immigrant students.

Undocumented immigrant students are often brought into the United States by their parents when they are very young. They do not have control over their own citizenship status. Students who have attended school and worked towards a college education should not be punished for the actions of their families. Some lawmakers, such as Representative Bruce Westerman, have said in-state tuition is for in-state residents. However, these students which the proposal seeks to help have been treated as residents up until they go to college. They should be treated no differently when they seek to continue their education. Tell the Arkansas State Legislature to support this proposal.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Arkansas State Legislature,

Recently, a proposal was introduced to you which would allow undocumented immigrants in the state to receive in-state tuition for college. The proposal will allow anyone, regardless of citizenship, to receive in-state tuition if they have attended an Arkansas high school for at least three years and received a diploma. The proposal is intended to give students a chance to pursue education.

I ask you to support this proposal. Students deserve a fair chance to learn, without having to pay two times the tuition of other students in their state. This proposal is not about immigration, but instead about education. Support this proposal and support education in Arkansas.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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