Advocates call on lawmakers to pass bill allowing in-state tuition, aid for undocumented residents

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Advocates for undocumented Pennsylvanians rallied at the state Capitol on Monday, where they called on state lawmakers to pass legislation that would allow those individuals to pay in-state tuition rates at state colleges and universities, and qualify for aid from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency.

The proposal sponsored by Democratic Reps. Peter Schweyer, Lehigh County; Danilo Burgos, of Philadelphia, and Manuel Guzman Jr., of Berks County, is currently before the Republican-controlled House Education Committee, where it has sat, without receiving a vote, since it was sent there in June.

Twenty-two other states, including neighboring Maryland, New Jersey, and New York, have approved similar legislation, Billy Reeves, of the Pittsburgh-based immigration resource organization, Casa San Jose, said.

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John L. Micek
John L. Micek

A 3-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. An award-winning political reporter, Micek’s career has taken him from small town meetings and Chicago City Hall to Congress and the Pennsylvania Capitol. His weekly column on U.S. politics is syndicated to 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. He also contributes commentary and analysis to broadcast outlets in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Micek’s first novel, “Ordinary Angels,” was released in 2019 by Sunbury Press.

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