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Virginia Senate Committee Denies DACA Recipients In-State Tuition

The Senate Education & Health Committee killed a bill Thursday (1/18) that would have extended in-state tuition to DACA recipients.

Democratic Senator David Marsden introduced the bill focusing on the positive economic impact of undocumented students. “This bill will actually bring increased business activity and will enhance state revenue not increase costs as some might believe,” Marsden said.

Marsden added that about 1,200 of Virginia’s 12,000 DACA recipients have already been allowed to pursue an in-state degree, due to a 2014 legal opinion from Attorney General Mark Herring.

Several DACA recipients, immigration rights groups and the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce also spoke out in support of the bill.

Still the bill failed 8 to 7.