(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) today introduced legislation to close the current loophole that allows illegal immigrants to receive in-state tuition. Many states have used a loophole granting illegal immigrants in-state tuition if they graduated from an in-state high school.
“Some of our nation’s highest unemployment rates are among recent college graduates, and we should be supporting policies that help American students get an opportunity to go to college and compete for good jobs,” said Vitter. “American students should always come first. Too many states are blatantly disregarding the spirit of existing immigration law, which could end up putting illegal immigrants ahead of American citizens.”
Despite federal policy preventing states from granting post-secondary education benefits to illegal immigrants on the basis of residency, fifteen states have exploited a loophole in the law by offering alternative criteria, such as graduation from an in-state high school, to allow illegal immigrant students to qualify for in-state tuition rates. Three states have taken a step further by allowing illegal immigrants students to qualify for state financial aid.
Vitter has long supported full enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws, arguing that American citizens and those that follow the legal immigration process should always receive priority over illegal immigrants. Vitter is the Chairman of the Senate Border Security Caucus.