House Dems’ $3.5T spending bill includes free community college for illegal immigrants

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Sen. Tom Cotton argued the bill would ‘only encourage more illegal immigration’

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Congress of Democrats The controversial $3.5 trillion spending bill appears to include providing free community college to illegal immigrants.

The reconciliation bill would amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to establish a grant program for free community college, fulfilling one of President Biden’s campaign promises.

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grant program will be Expansion According to the most recent version of the reconciliation bill, free community college to individuals “regardless of citizenship, segregation, or immigration status”.

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Two subsections of this part of the bill also aim to ensure that illegal immigrants in the country are counted as eligible students of free community college, which the bill broadly defines as any enrolled community college student. who is participating on a “half-time basis” at least. “

The “eligible student” definition also clarifies that students at schools with differing in-state and out-of-state tuition rates are covered under the definition if they receive “such in-state or in-district resident tuition at such community college”. , but for the immigration status of such student.”

Section 778(d), the first section in question, states that schools receiving grants under subsection “may not impose additional eligibility requirements on deserving students” other than those listed in the section.

The second part, section 778(e), further clarifies that undocumented migrants shall receive free community college, stating that any person “being ineligible to receive the benefits provided under this sub-section (including tuition and fees $0 and other assistance) provided under this subsection on the basis of citizenship, segregation, or immigration status.”

The proposed clause has ignited outrage, particularly among many in the Republican Party.

“Illegal immigrants skip the line and break our laws—they shouldn’t be rewarded with free tuition,” Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark, told Granthshala News in an email. “But the Democrats want to use your money to pay for going to college.”

“It’s not fair, and it will only encourage more illegal immigration,” Cotton continued.

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A Democratic aide on the House Education and Labor Committee, where the bill language originated, told Granthshala Business in a Thursday email that the bill is in line with current US K-12 education policies, which require schools to allow children regardless of their immigration status. without the need to give instructions.

The colleague also noted that 14 states Provides financial aid and in-state tuition to illegal immigrants who already meet certain conditions.


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