Thursday’s passage of what’s been called the Dream Act — which guarantees tuition equality to undocumented immigrants — has left advocates on both sides of the issue feeling slighted.
The bill, which will be signed on Friday, grants in-state tuition status at New Jersey public colleges to undocumented residents who have lived in the state for at least three years. It will effectively cut tuition in half for most of them.
But immigrant advocates are angry with the governor for vetoing the section of the bill that would have allowed students to qualify for the state Tuition Aid Grant (TAG) program.
Meanwhile, groups opposed to immigration reform, like New Jersey Citizens for Immigration Control, criticized the governor for caving in to political pressure and not doing enough to reduce the number of illegal residents in the state.
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