House GOP Bill Aims to Stop Illegals from Getting In-State College Tuition Breaks

‘It is despicable that taxpayer funded institutions are blatantly ignoring the law and putting illegal aliens ahead of American students…’

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(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) The United States government currently gives more benefits to illegal aliens seeking higher education than its own citizens.

Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., introduced H.R. 1190, a bill “to prohibit an alien who is not in a lawful immigration status in the United States from being eligible for postsecondary education benefits that are not available to all citizens and nationals of the United States.”

The bill does not call for the complete removal of public tuition assistance for illegal aliens.

“It is despicable that taxpayer funded institutions are blatantly ignoring the law and putting illegal aliens ahead of American students,” Gosar said in a press release.

Current law allows illegal aliens to pay in-state tuition rates for public universities, even if they do not live in the state.

Meanwhile, American citizens who want to attend out-of-state universities have to pay the massive out-of-state tuition premiums.

“American students should not be cut out of opportunities being offered to illegal aliens,” Gosar said. “Closing this loophole would ensure that American students are provided the same opportunities and benefits that are granted to illegal aliens.”

Gosar said a law already exists to prevent the preferential treatment of illegal aliens over American college students.

The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act “bars states from providing ‘postsecondary education benefits’ to unlawfully present aliens based on their residence in the state unless all U.S. citizens or nationals are eligible for such benefits, regardless of their state of residence,” the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service said.

It’s unclear how states can brazenly ignore this federal statute at the expense of America’s young adults.

Yet, states with open-borders ideologies frequently and shamelessly violate federal immigration law.

Six other Republican representatives have co-sponsored the bill in the House: Brian Babin of Texas, Andy Biggs of Arizona, Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee, Jeff  Duncan of South Carolina, Steve King of Iowa, Mark Meadows of North Carolina and Randy Weber of Texas.