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Va. Democrats fail to pass bill granting in-state tuition to illegal aliens

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On Thursday, the Virginia DREAM Act (SB 249), which would have granted in-state tuition at Virginia's public colleges and universities to illegal aliens who have either attended high school or received a GED in the state, was voted down by a Senate subcommittee.

The measure, co-sponsored by Sen. Donald McEachin (D-Richmond) and Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) failed to make it past the Senate Subcommittee on Higher Education. The 6-7 vote, was along straight party lines.

The vote went as follows:


Sen. Richard Saslaw (D-Springfield)
Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth)
Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston)
Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton)
Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria)
Sen. John Miller (D- Newport News)


Sen. Stephen Martin (R-Chesterfield)
Sen. Stephen Newman (R-Forest)
Sen. Ralph Smith (R-Roanoke)
Sen. Jeffrey McWaters (R-Virginia Beach)
Sen. Richard Black (R-Leesburg)
Sen. Charles Carrico (R-Galax)
Sen. Thomas Garrett (R-Hadensville)

The bill was heavily supported by Gov. Terry McAuliffe and represents the first major defeat for the Democrat.

Colorado, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Texas, California, Utah, New York, Washington, Illinois, Kansas, New Mexico, Nebraska, Maryland and Oklahoma all offer in-state tuition to illegal aliens.

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