Texas' in-state tuition for children of illegal immigrants may cease


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A state Senate subcommittee on border security will hear a plan to scrap a law that grants in-state public university tuition to the children of some people in the United States illegally.

Texas Democrats and Hispanic advocacy groups champion the law, while top Republicans have pledged to repeal it as quickly as possible.

On Monday, the two sides begin their clash at the Texas Capitol.

The in-state tuition law sailed through the Legislature in 2001 and received Republican Gov. Rick Perry's signature, but many of the most powerful Texas GOP leaders were recently elected on promises to get tough on immigration.

Despite vocal opposition, the repeal should clear committee and eventually receive full Senate approval. Its chances in the House get murkier, though, and debate there could be fiercer.

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