Addressing the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey last night, the governor expressed support of tuition equity in New Jersey and suggested that a bill may pass in this year’s lame duck legislative session. Below is a statement from New Jersey Policy Perspective president Gordon MacInnes on the governor’s comments and the legislature’s need to act.
“We applaud the governor for coming out in favor of tuition equity in New Jersey, and strongly urge the legislature to follow his lead and put the Tuition Equality Act on his desk as soon as possible. New Jersey’s undocumented students deserve to join their New Jersey classmates – and their peers in 15 other states – in being charged in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities.
Pricing thousands of striving but undocumented students out of college is harmful to New Jersey’s economy, unfair to undocumented students and a waste of the prior investment the state’s taxpayers have made in these students’ K-12 education.
For more than a century, public schools have been the bottom rung on America’s ladder of opportunity for millions of immigrants. For a half-century, public colleges and universities have provided the second rung. New Jersey continues to effectively guarantee that families with undocumented students cannot reach that rung. That needs to change, and the sooner the better.”
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