Fla tuition bill signals immigration debate shift

Published On: May 03 2014 11:21:22 AM EDT
Updated On: May 03 2014 11:34:36 AM EDT
MIAMI -

Florida will allow students in the country illegally to pay in-state tuition at the state's public colleges and universities, making it the latest of 20 states to enact such a measure.
    
The final version of the bill passed Friday and highlights a significant shift in the immigration debate at the state level. Advocates in Florida have pushed for in-state tuition for youth whose parents brought them to the country illegally for nearly a decade, to no avail. Just three years ago, the majority of bills proposed by Florida lawmakers and those nationwide focused on enforcement.
    
Four years ago, many legislatures were considering proposals based on Arizona laws that enabled local law-enforcement agencies to check the immigration status of anyone they suspected of being in the country illegally.

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