January 9th, 2010
04:40 PM ET
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N.J. to vote on bill to let illegal immigrants pay in-state tuition

Supporters hope to pass the measure before Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine leaves office.
Supporters hope to pass the measure before Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine leaves office.

(CNN) - Both houses of the New Jersey legislature plan to vote Monday on a controversial bill backed by Democrats that would qualify illegal immigrants for in-state tuition at public colleges and universities.

Supporters hope to pass the measure before Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine leaves office. Gov.-elect Christopher J. Christie, a Republican who takes office January 19, has said he opposes the bill.

On Thursday, a Senate vote on the legislation was postponed.

After hours of heated debate January 4, the bill passed the Assembly Appropriations Committee, 7-4, and the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, 8-6. Both votes were along party lines.

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soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. Kapechi

    What hypocracy are these Democrats full of. First they must require some government official to "document" the "illegality" of the immigrant or they wouldn't qualify for such "in state" tuition discounts. Then they will, by law, endorse the illegality and somehow eliminate the proper "reporting" of these illegals to officials while forcing the legal NJ taxpayers to subsidize the education of these illegals.

    Think about it. By the time the illegal is college age he/she can get a job and put themselves through college like anyone else. Since they are illegal in the beginning, why not just go back to Mexico and attend universities there. There are plenty of fine universities in that country.

    January 9, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  2. Tired of The Rhetoric

    What part of "illegal " don't we as Americans understand?
    Call them undocumented, call them migrant, part time or whatever, but if they are here, wihtout proper approval, they are illegally entitled to benefits!
    I'm third generation Italian American. My family waited their turn to get here. Everyone who wants to be an American should have the chance..to be an American, but legally. Until then, let their country of origin pay for their needs.

    January 9, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  3. Peter s

    Is this a joke or the Author of this article is just inciting the public?

    January 9, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  4. sandy

    Oh this is just great!!! Now the American kids willhave to go even further in the back of the line to get help with college. What is wrong with you people?????

    January 9, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  5. terry,va

    They are cramming stupid stuff through just like Reid and Pelosi are trying before they lose power. Why are they trying to ruin this country with increased taxes from all working Americans? This isn't the United States of Robin Hood.

    January 9, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  6. tonyS

    They are here ILLEGALLY. Throw them out of OUR country.

    January 9, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  7. clickclack

    In-state tuituion for Illegal immigrants? Bizzare! They are here ILLEGALLY and should have NO benefits!

    January 9, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  8. Willy Brown

    Democrats: The party of the anti Americian

    January 9, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  9. johnnyj

    why would they want to do this????

    January 9, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  10. ForThePeople

    So if someone who is in this country illegally and living in New Jersey can possibly pay in-state tuition, what about us military servicemen who are from other states and end up stationed in NJ? We're legal, we're citizens, and defending this liberal nation? Do we get the same rights? Oh that's right, I forgot this liberal nation is more worried about the rights of illegal immigrants and terrorists who try to attack us. Nevermind.

    January 9, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    You have GOT to be kidding.

    January 9, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  12. Gerry NH

    So they want to let illegal immigrants to only have to pay in state tuition. What else are they going to give them free boarding. Another step backwards and a slap in the face legals in this country.

    January 9, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  13. Dan, TX

    Illegal immigrants are not immigrants, they have breached national security. They need to get proper visas or get out. If they can't get visas they need to be deported.

    January 9, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  14. josh from ohio

    there's no such thing as an illegal human. paper doesn't make someone legal, only it makes them known. for that, getting these people on paper, this is worth it.

    January 9, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  15. LacrosseMom

    I am sure the GOP governor will override this one if he can.

    Let's be fair and allow the children of immigrants some rights.

    Its the Christian thing to do. WWJD?

    January 9, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  16. Elizabeth

    You have GOT to be kidding me...does the word illegal mean anything??

    January 9, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  17. Marie Laveaux

    Okay, I'm a liberal, but I think this is really going too far.

    January 9, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  18. Fan of Common Sense

    TOTAL AND UTTER STUPIDITY!! I'm so glad I don't live in this state. Corzine want's to get even with the voters for kicking him out of office in November.

    January 9, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  19. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    LEAVE IT TO THE CORRUPT DEMOCRATS!!! Corzine apparently wants to do a little more damage to his state before officially being kicked out of office.

    January 9, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  20. Ruti

    What do you mean by pay in-state tuition? They should NOT even be here. In the name of GOD get them to get legal first.

    January 9, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  21. Sean

    Even though I'm a moderate NJ Democrat, this is absolutely ridiculous. I pay a lot of money to go to college. I work hard and I still pay through the nose to put myself through college. And now they want to give people who are not legally here the right to pay the same rate as me? At what point do hard-working, middle class, legal citizens get a break?

    January 9, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  22. Joe Berson

    Twenty years ago we gave millions of illegals amnesty, 'IGNORE HISTORY AND YOU'RE SURE TO REPEAT IT". Now it seems we are about to repeat it. The current argument has it to allow illegals to buy into medicare now Jew Jersey want to all illegals to pay tuition on an instate basis. What's next CITIZENSHIP?

    January 9, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  23. Bill

    ARGH! What part of "illegal" don't they understand??!

    January 9, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  24. Tax Man

    And it is that mentality that explains why New Jersey pays higher taxes than any other state in the Union. The Peoples Republic of New Jersey.

    January 9, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  25. janet morgan

    Whats up ! Is our president the only one holding the highest position in the country who can't where a tie . The other countries make us look more and more like the under dog with their persistance for formality. I understand the muslims are not tie wearers. We are Americans and demand the best. from our representives, TIE UP.
    It's expected.

    With great respect have the same.

    January 9, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
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