Should the Texas Legislature Repeal the Texas Dream Act? [POLL]
Texas lawmakers could once again debate repealing the Texas Dream Act during the current legislative session. According to the Texas Tribune, around 60 people gathered to protest those who want to repeal the law.
A group of about 60 students, businessmen and legislators gathered on the south steps of the Texas Capitol on Wednesday to voice their support for the act, which allows undocumented students to pay in-state college tuition after graduating from high school if they have lived in Texas for three years and have signed an affidavit promising to seek legal residency.
State Rep. Ana Hernandez, D-Houston, a former undocumented immigrant who benefited from the federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, was one of several speakers with a personal connection to the issue.
“I know that measures like [the Texas Dream Act] and the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 can change a young adult’s life path, as it did mine,” she said.
Critics say the Dream Act is unfair to legal U.S. residents who have to pay higher out-of-state tuition. Past repeal efforts have failed, but there could be more momentum for the 2001 law with a more conservative Legislature in place in 2015.
State Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, has introduced legislation to repeal the Texas Dream Act. Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Patrick said he wants to end the act, and Gov.-elect Greg Abbott has indicated he wouldn’t veto any repeal efforts. Patrick and others have characterized the Dream Act as a reward and incentive for illegal immigration.
Do you think the Texas Dream Act should be repealed? Let us know in today’s KFYO Poll of the Day.
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