DENVER –

A Senate committee this morning approved a bill that would grant in-state tuition to illegal immigrants, an action that Republicans said was only possible through a sneaky maneuver by Democrats.

The Senate Appropriations Committee had been scheduled to take up the bill, SB 170, on Friday. However, Sen. Abel Tapia, D-Pueblo, earlier this week called a meeting of the committee for Wednesday, with the bill on the schedule.

Sponsored by Sen. Chris Romer, D-Denver, the bill would grant in-state tuition to any student who had attended a Colorado high school for at least three years and graduated, regardless of their immigration status.

The bill’s prospects had looked grim heading into the Friday meeting. Though Democrats hold a 6-4 majority on the committee, Sen. Moe Keller, D-Wheat Ridge, had said she would be a “no” vote, likely making for a 5-5 tie, meaning the bill would have died.

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Absolutely outrageous. I’m a registered Democrat, but I’ll do whatever it takes to vote those responsible for this out of office if it goes through.

As others have pointed out, this would make tuition cheaper for someone who is here ILLEGALLY than it would be for a US CITIZEN coming here LEGALLY from, say, Nebraska.

Outrageous.

KR

4/1/2009 5:03:00 PM

Colorado has tuition reciprocity with Nebraska and multiple other states, so the previous comment isn’t true.

Great going!Thanks, from a legal, registered Democrat!

America, home of the free!!!!!!!!!

onoma

4/1/2009 5:16:07 PM

Tuition reciprocity is very limited — only some public colleges participate, only for some majors, and the number of students allowed can be (and is often) capped.Furthermore, students don’t necessarily get in-state tuition — the WICHE exchange (the largest Colorado participates in) allows students to be charged 150% of in-state rates.So, no, Onoma, KR’s original statement isn’t wrong.

ziggle

4/1/2009 5:42:45 PM

If true — and I expect the reporters have their facts very straight — a few legislators need to be bi***-slapped for the partisan BS.

Does it EVER stop?Does ANYONE in office remember who they supposedly represent — and that the majority of the voters are SICK AND TIRED of this stuff?

Wasn’t this an election for healing and being united again?Sure it was.

Flang

4/1/2009 5:43:13 PM

This is what Democrat’s do…I’m not really all that surprised. Completely outrageous yes, but they’ll all probably be re-elected. Hold onto your hats for what comes next, only 3 1/2 short years to go.

flyfisher64

4/1/2009 6:20:01 PM

ziggle, don’t know the exact figures, but I do know that private schools are cheaper than state schools – they give much more financial aid and have large endowments – especially in the case of CU, since Colorado is ranked 48th in the country in funding.

Don’t assume a kid who is the child of an alien doesn’t have a parent who isn’t working with illegal papers and paying taxes and entitlements.Often they are.But, they never collect the social security or medicare.

Only bigots and racists, which are taking over the US would object to educating anyone.

It is like this huge computer worm of hate has taken over the country the past eight years.Get over it.Buy some spyware and a good antiviral.

onoma

4/1/2009 6:22:31 PM

Here’s what the Camera editors conveniently left out (and of a web story, where there are NO space constrictions; confirm yourself at denverpost.com):

But supporters of the bill caught a lucky break. Sen. Ted Harvey, R-Highlands Ranch, last week said he would be out of town until Thursday helping his wife prepare to bring her father, who has Alzheimer’s disease, to a facility in Colorado.

When Tapia scheduled a meeting for Wednesday, Republicans said it was an obvious move to take advantage of Harvey’s absence

Republicans said their suspicions were borne out in today’s hearing.

When the bill came up, Sen. Mike Kopp, R-Littleton, asked Tapia to delay consideration of the bill until Friday, when Harvey would be back.

Tapia said the decision on whether to delay the bill should be the sponsor’s, and he put the question to Romer.

“Why, in Appropriations, should we hold up a bill that has a positive fiscal impact?” Romer asked, unwilling to delay it.

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So, this dishonest guy from Pueblo takes advantage of someone moving a family member out here for health reasons.

We need sweep all this dishonest democrats out of office and fast or this country is in serious, serious trouble.And we’ll have more politicians who abide by the laws and pay their taxes as a bonus since it’s apparent many dems do not.

CarlU

4/1/2009 6:50:20 PM

And let’s see the dance the Camera editors do in explaining why they left out the passage.There is no reason other than it makes their preferred politician of choice, a democrat, look like the piece of you-know-what he is.

CarlU

4/1/2009 6:51:47 PM

These kids are not to blame, they did not chose to break any laws.We need to all help educate them.

summerof1975

4/1/2009 6:58:27 PM

So the only way Dems can get their bills passed is through trickery and bypassing the will of the people?Perhaps that should tell them something about their bills.

ThatCertainWoman

4/1/2009 6:59:03 PM

“We need to all help educate them.”

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You go first.

ThatCertainWoman

4/1/2009 7:00:13 PM

“Only bigots and racists, which are taking over the US would object to educating anyone.”

This has NOTHING to do with race. It has EVERYTHING to do with the LAW, and FAIRNESS and EQUITY when it comes to spending the people’s own MONEY.

Seriously, I don’t care what color the person’s skin is or even what country he or she has come from — my gripe is that that person who is here ILLEGALLY shouldn’t pay less to go to one of the universities that we all help to fund than my brother would have to pay if he moved here from Michigan or my friend who immigrated to this country legally from — guess where? — Mexico.

KR

4/1/2009 7:04:48 PM

ThatCertainWoman –

The democrats will tell you that this is the will of the people.

bouldermeister

4/1/2009 7:08:26 PM

We already know the underhand, secret debates by Democrats that they don’t want the public to know? Giving Illegal Immigrants students in-state tuition, makes you think whatever immigration issues are going to materialize? But remember you have the upper hand, because once caught the parents can be deported.

Sen. Harry Reid has become recognized with utter distaste and arrogance, because of his attitude to the American Worker.Americans have no trust in Senator Harry Reid, or his co-conspirator that includes House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, or Dianne Feinstein. The inception of the first “Sanctuary Policy” was Feinstein’s and now California is overloaded with illegal aliens.They are all catering to the open border–Special Interest lobby.That’s why they killed E-Verify?A very efficient tool to remove Illegal aliens from the workplace.However E-Verify is still funded till September, and Reid, Pelosi better hope it is revitalized or–THEIR–jobs are on the chopping block. Other than E-verify to track down 40 million illegal aliens, use the Census taking to report them to ICE?

If these lawmakers were interested in assisting the American worker, why would Homeland security chief suppress ICE raids?Read their awful immigration grades at NUMBERSUSA. Call Washington to stop this travesty; 202-224-3121 We must also ask the question? Is the illegal immigration situation causing nationwide taxes to escalate?Federal law demands we pay for their health care, education and selective benefits.

With a new AMNESTY in the pipeline. Should it pass? That means more money out of your taxes. To pay for millions more, who are sure to come?This includes the whole family circle they can sponsor?Old, young, sick, mentally handicapped will get SSI, benefits–without ever paying into Social Security. KICK THEM OUT!

Brittanicus

4/1/2009 7:11:50 PM

We already know the underhand, secret debates by Democrats that they don’t want the public to know? Giving Illegal Immigrants students in-state tuition, makes you think whatever immigration issues are going to materialize? But remember you have the upper hand, because once caught the parents can be deported.

Sen. Harry Reid has become recognized with utter distaste and arrogance, because of his attitude to the American Worker. Americans have no trust in Senator Harry Reid, or his co-conspirator that includes House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, or Dianne Feinstein. The inception of the first “Sanctuary Policy” was Feinstein’s and now California is overloaded with illegal aliens. They are all catering to the open border–Special Interest lobby. That’s why they killed E-Verify? A very efficient tool to remove Illegal aliens from the workplace. However E-Verify is still funded till September, and Reid, Pelosi better hope it is revitalized or–THEIR–jobs are on the chopping block. Other than E-verify to track down 40 million illegal aliens, use the Census taking to report them to ICE?

If these lawmakers were interested in assisting the American worker, why would Homeland security chief suppress ICE raids? Read their awful immigration grades at NUMBERSUSA. Call Washington to stop this travesty; 202-224-3121 We must also ask the question? Is the illegal immigration situation causing nationwide taxes to escalate? Federal law demands we pay for their health care, education and selective benefits.

With a new AMNESTY in the pipeline. Should it pass? That means more money out of your taxes. To pay for millions more, who are sure to come? This includes the whole family circle they can sponsor? Old, young, sick, mentally handicapped will get SSI, benefits–without ever paying into Social Security. KICK THEM OUT!

Brittanicus

4/1/2009 7:14:48 PM

Caught a lucky break…Harvey’s father-in-law has Alzheimers. It’s shameful what happened today.

abadger

4/1/2009 7:43:20 PM

Posted by onoma on April 1, 2009 at 5:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)

“Colorado has tuition reciprocity with Nebraska and multiple other states, so the previous comment isn’t true.”

Absolutel the wrong facts, contact the state higher Ed department.There are no out-of-state residents, from anywhere that get in-state tuition, period.What is really a shame is that there are many students(here LEGALLY), that are permitted to attend with a student VISA, and they do not ask for or get in-state tuition.

Romer’s underhanded methods will backfire though, the Gov isn’t going to touch this one. He didn’t mention the negative fiscal impacts to the state for violating a federal mandate.

comcast777

4/1/2009 7:58:31 PM

C’mon fellow dems.I’m a dem and you probably don’t realize that illegal immigrants cost out state $1.1 BILLION last year.Now we’re handing them this on a silver platter?And it was way low to do this when the senator was out of town

Hutch620

4/2/2009 3:09:32 PM