The Virginia version of the so-called Dream Act died in a state senate subcommittee Jan. 23. It failed 6-7 in the Senate Committee on Education and Health Subcommittee on Higher Education.
Senate Bill 249 was introduced by Sen. Donald McEachin (D) and supported by Washington-area Democrat Sens. George Barker, Adam Ebbin, Janet Howell, Dave Marsden and Richard Saslaw. The vote was along party lines.
The proposal would have allowed students with deferred action status to pay in-state tuition at public colleges and universities if they meet certain requirements, including established roots in the community and a family history of paying taxes.
The federal government authorizes people here illegally, but in this case in the country illegally legally enrolled in Virginia schools, with DACA to work and drive.
A similar bill died in the House last year.