Texas Lawmakers Urge Illegal Immigrants Benefiting from In-State Tuition to "Get Legal"

POSTED: Friday, January 27, 2012 - 4:06pm

UPDATED: Friday, January 27, 2012 - 4:08pm

About sixteen thousands illegal immigrants are taking advantage of higher education at a cheaper rate, that’s according to a higher education board, but the deal didn't come without a trade off.

Over a decade ago Texas passed legislation that would allow illegal immigrants who attended a Texas high school for at least three years to apply for in state tuition, but that deal didn't come as a “gimme”.

In return these eligible students had to sign affidavits pledging that they would work towards obtaining legal status.

On Thursday state law officials approved a move that will require Texas colleges, universities and technical schools to send out reminders to these illegal immigrants that they need to hold up their end of the bargain, getting legal.

The registrar’s office at the University of Texas at Brownsville/ Texas Southmost College, the campus that sits just a few hundred yards from the Texas-Mexico border, wasn't quite ready to comment just yet on how or if they'll be sending out notices to some of their enrollees.

This new measure requires schools to keep the pledge affidavits on file so that administrators can continue to nudge illegal immigrants to push forward with getting their legal papers. Reminders will go out to these students every year they're enrolled and upon graduation. The reminders could be mailed out as early as this summer.

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