Tea Party vs. Chafee tonight on RI Dream Act
The Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education is scheduled to vote tonight on a controversial measure that would extend in-state tuition at the state’s three public colleges to the children of illegal immigrants.
The measure would grant in-state tuition rates to the children of undocumented immigrants who attend a Rhode Island high school for at least three years and qualify academically.
In order to get the tuition break, these children would have to begin the process of becoming U.S. citizens. The issue pits Governor Lincoln Chafee and Latino community leaders against anti-immigrant groups and the R.I. Tea Party.
In a statement, Chafee says the measure would build a better educated work force and improve the intellectual and cultural life of the state.
But the Tea Party group says it would lead to Rhode Island taxpayers subsidizing illegal immigration and end running the General Assembly. The Government Relations Committee of the higher education board unanimously approved the measure last week. The full board is slated to consider it tonight at a meeting at Community College of Rhode Island’s Warwick campus.
The measure would apply to URI, CCRI and RIC.