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Taxpayer-funded financial aid for immigrant college tuition heads to IL House



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Born in Bulgaria, Martin Goshev a student assisted by the IL DREAM Act tells his story HERE

SPRINGFIELD – Two Republican state senators – Christine Radogno and Chris Nybo – crossed the aisle last week to support the Democrats' effort to provide taxpayer-funded financial assistance for undocumented immigrant students.

The measure would add Illinois to the five states that grant immigrant students financial aid for college education regardless of their legal status. Already, Illinois is one of 18 states that allows any status immigrants to qualify for lower in-state tuition and set up private college funds.

SB 2196 easily passed the Illinois Senate 30 to 19 last Wednesday, and could be heard in the House Higher Education Committee Tuesday. 

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Illinois was the first state in the country to create a private scholarship fund for undocumented youth. It also eased the path to higher education for undocumented youth, 65% of whom come from households that earn 200% under the poverty line.

The original Illinois DREAM Act, which passed when Governor Pat Quinn was in office allowed anyone with a taxpayer number, including undocumented students, to participate in the State Treasurer’s College Savings Pool and the Illinois Prepaid Tuition Plan. These programs allow families of "DREAMers" to save for their children’s college education, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrants and Refugees reported to their members.

The law required the IL Student Assistance Commission to establish an Illinois DREAM Fund Commission administered by volunteers of the State appointed by the governor. The IL DREAM scholarships are funded entirely by private donors and contributions.

SB 2196 will allow students to receive financial aid subsidized by state taxpayers.



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  1. The legislature should pass a bill that would state that, if a university employee knows that an applicant is an illegal alien, that employee must notify ICE so that the illegal will be arrested and deported as soon as possible.

  2. So long and adios Christine and Chris. It was nice knowing you. They obviously have morphed into Democrats while crawling across the aisle to be PC. These two Rhinos enjoy the fine art of spending other people’s money just like their Democrat brethren.

  3. You knew it was only a matter of time. When they granted illegals the right to in state tuition then this was coming. Back in 2011 a bill was passed to provide money to illegals for college but was to be only from private donated funds.
    Camel – Nose – Tent
    By the way where is the Civic Committee and the IPI on this.
    Will Rauner sign if it passes in the House and it will pass?

  4. Would you expect them to NOT pander to second, even third generation “immigrants” who haven’t actually assimilated judging from their viewpoints, flags, and activity at any protest? The Republican party will never actually win this vote without throwing working class white people under a bus OR raising lots of taxes and taking even more from the highly taxed. But then the Republican Party won’t have a base and throwing working class white people under a bus is hateful, racist, and bad for the country. Raising these taxes won’t grow the economy either. Maybe we could just move these people into Mark Zuckerberg’s house since he lectures us so much about the proper decorum towards illegal aliens.