Monday, December 23, 2013
Last Friday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a bill that allows undocumented student immigrants who have attended at least three years of high school in the state to qualify for in-state fees at state colleges and universities. According to news reports, "Key to Christie's decision was a state Senate compromise that dropped a provision allowing undocumented students to also be eligible for state financial aid if they qualified under income guidelines." California law allows undocumented college students to be eligible for state financial aid programs.
States like New Jersey and California are increasingly treating the immigrant students -- and immigrants generally -- in a more inclusive fashion, suggesting that times are changing when it comes to efforts by the states to pass legislation on immigration-related issues.