Lawmakers advance bill requiring proof of citizenship to get in-state tuition

A bill in the Iowa House would require students to prove they are U-S citizens or are “lawfully present” in the U-S in order to quality for in-state tuition at the state’s public universities and community colleges. Hector Salamanca Arroyo, of Waterloo, says he qualified for in-state tuition to attend DMACC in 2011 before he received deferred-action status under DACA. He told a House subcommittee Monday that without in-state tuition, college would have been unaffordable.

The only supportive comments on the bill came from G-O-P lawmakers on the House panel who said Iowans should not support the tuition of immigrants who are not legally authorized to be in the U-S. The bill now goes to the full House Judiciary committee.

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