The bill provides the advantages of in-state tuition to undocumented students who attended a high school in Florida for three years and completed their studies.
Florida passes bill to “dreamers”
The Florida House of Representatives today overwhelmingly endorsed the draft law granting college tuition as residents tens of thousands of “dreamers” in this state, after being discussed and approved on Thursday the full Senate with amendments.
By 85 votes in favor and 32 against, the plenary of the House of Representatives gave the green light to the draft law HB851 in a session in Tallahassee, the state capital, which means the fulfillment of a long dream aspiration for thousands of young undocumented students: access to state college tuition as residents.
“We are very happy and excited that the proposal has been approved by the Senate and confirmed by the House of Representatives of the state,” he told Efe Julio Calderon, Honduras 24 years old student from Florida International University (FIU).
Calderon explained that the adoption of this historic measure will greatly benefit the young undocumented students who currently are forced to pay a price three or four times higher than legal residents by the state university enrollment.
Following the ratification of the bill in the House of Representatives, the way for the entry into force of this Act is held expeditious and now the governor of Florida, Rick Scott, who has recently made clear that the sign as soon as it arrives in their hands.
The student activist Scott moved that sign the bill in a special session in Tallahassee in the likely within two weeks, and that this will take effect on August 1, the date from which the undocumented students will have equal access to state tuition at the 28 universities and colleges in the state.