DENVER (DP) - Ten years after it was first introduced in the legislature, a bill allowing illegal immigrants in Colorado to attend public colleges at the in-state tuition rate appears to be just days away from passage.
The Colorado House gave the bill initial approval Tuesday in a debate that turned nasty at times, with discussions about hope and taxes. The House approved the bill on a voice vote and is expected to take it up for a recorded vote on Friday, thus sending it to Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat who has said he will sign it.
This year marks at least the sixth time in 10 years some sort of tuition bill has been introduced but the first time it is expected to pass.
Victor Galvan, an illegal immigrant whose parents brought him to America when he was 8-months-old, cried afterward.
"I've seen this bill fail time after time, inching its way through our state legislature," the 22-year-old Longmont resident said. "This is overwhelming. It gives us hope."
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