Immigrant in-state tuition debated

A legislative committee is considering a measure that targets a state law allowing some illegal immigrants to pay in-state college tuition.

Fremont Sen. Charlie Janssen's bill (LB657) would repeal the 4-year-old law that deals with students whose parents brought them to the U.S. illegally. To participate, students must have graduated from Nebraska high schools, lived in the state at least three years and be pursuing or promise to pursue legal status.

Janssen introduced a similar measure last year that didn't advance. Janssen says the state law conflicts with federal law and that he doesn't think taxpayers should subsidize tuition for illegal immigrants. Supporters say it helps children who didn't choose to come to the country illegally. The Legislature's Education Committee heard the bill on Monday.