In-state tuition benefits in jeopardy for some undocumented students

Repeal bill to 2014 law has been filed in Florida


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A fight may be brewing over how much undocumented students pay for college.

Immigration was a hot topic during the presidential election, and now it could be a hot topic in the Florida Legislature.

Undocumented students from across the state took to the Capitol in 2014. Week after week, they rallied in support of a bill that granted in-state tuition to some undocumented children looking to go to college.

When the bill passed that year, the governor signed the legislation and called it “an historic day.” The bill passed with bipartisan support.

Daniela Donoso was a student at Florida State when the bill was being debated, and she supported its passage.

Donoso came to Florida from Ecuador when she was 6 months old.
Now, a repeal bill of that law has been filed -- putting the in-state tuition benefits in jeopardy for some undocumented students.

Both the new House speaker and new Senate president voted against the 2014 bill. The ACLU Florida is also coming out against the potential repeal.
Sen. Greg Steube, who proposed the repeal because it’s an important issue to his constituents, he said, also voted against the original 2014 bill when he was a member of the Florida House.