Immigration reform advocates are praising that on Monday the NJ Senate voted to allow undocumented youth in the Garden State to qualify for in-state tuition rates and financial aid for public colleges and universities. S2479 passed the state Senate by a 25 to 12 vote with three absentions.
“This is a momentous victory in a 10-year long struggle to pass legislation expanding access to higher education for DREAMers in New Jersey,” said in a statement Carlos Rojas, co-founder of the New Jersey Dream Act Coalition.
Rojas pointed out in the statement that New Jersey has the fourth highest rate of undocumented immigrant residents at 6.2 percent of their total population and 8.6 percent of its workforce. "Despite their contribution to the local economy, undocumented immigrants are required to pay out-of-state tuition rates to attend college, and are ineligible for financial aid scholarships,” stated Rojas.
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