FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
IN-STATE TUITION MOVES TO THE SENATE FLOOR, EXPECTED TO BE VOTED ON THURSDAY
Immigrant youth deliver 16,000 petitions to Lt. Gov. Lopez-Cantera
TALLAHASSEE, FL – This morning, House Bill 851 for In-State Tuition was added to the Special Order Calendar in the Senate. This means that it will come up for discussion on the Senate floor and will be voted on tomorrow or by Thursday the latest.
Over 50 undocumented students and their parents converged today at the Capitol to put pressure on the legislature, celebrated the good news and urged all Senators to support this bill, which would allow them to pay a fair price for their education and become Florida’s future professionals.
“I am about to graduate from High School and I thought I wasn’t gonna have any opportunities to go to College. But if In-State Tuition passes, I will have the opportunity to afford college and become an Engineer,” says Diego Ramirez, an undocumented student from Homestead, FL. “We are glad to see that the bill is moving forward, and we be paying attention until the last day to make sure In-State Tuition passes and goes to the Governor’s desk.“
After holding a mock graduation celebration in front of the Senate chambers at the State Capitol, the youth marched to Governor Scott’s to deliver a national petition. Over 16,000 people from across Florida and around the country put their names on this petition calling on Gov. Scott to use his leadership and push Senate leaders to pass In-State Tuition. The petition was delivered directly to Lt. Gov. Carlos López-Cantera who welcomed them and listened to the stories of the DREAMers and their parents.
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