Next week the border security subcommittee of the Senate’s Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee is scheduled to hear Senate Bill 1819, by Sen. Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels). The measure would do away with in-state tuition for undocumented immigrant students.
According to Julián Aguilar, in the Texas Tribune, the selection of this particular committee by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick signals a likelihood of passage. The choice has also generated controversy from those who believe a more appropriate panel would be Higher Education.
Current law—approved with near unanimous legislative consent in 2001—allows undocumented students who have lived in Texas for at least three years, graduated from high school, and pledge to apply for legal status as soon as they can under federal law, to pay in-state tuition rates.
The piece also reports that two percent of Texas college students are presently participating in the program. It seems unlikely that these students would remain enrolled in college if they would be required to pay out-of-state tuition, which is very steep.
Most of these students are probably attending community colleges.
Some business organizations have urged the Legislature not to change the law. However, Lt. Gov. Patrick has promised its repeal.