Tribpedia: Dream Act

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Texas was the first state to adopt a law allowing undocumented students to pay in-state tuition rates to attend public universities, adopting HB1403 in 2001.

The measure allows undocumented immigrant students to pay in-state tuition rates if they graduated from high school or received a GED in Texas. They must have lived in the state for three years and sign ...

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Dream Act supporters outside of the W hotel at President Obama's fundraiser on May 10, 2011.
Dream Act supporters outside of the W hotel at President Obama's fundraiser on May 10, 2011.

Is Easy Resolution on In-State Tuition a GOP Dream?

As Rick Perry hedges that he could yet again seek a presidential nomination, and the issue of in-state tuition for illegal immigrants continues to arise in GOP primary races, polling results help illustrate the challenges the issue poses for candidates. 

 

Gov. Rick Perry on May 29, 2012, watching television returns after speaking at the party for Charles Schwertner's victory in the Texas Senate race for District 5.
Gov. Rick Perry on May 29, 2012, watching television returns after speaking at the party for Charles Schwertner's victory in the Texas Senate race for District 5.

Perry, Democrats Spar Over Immigration Policy Shift

Gov. Rick Perry calls President Obama's newsmaking decision on immigration policy "amnesty" and "an election-year tactic." Democrats say Perry's position on the issue conflicts with his defense of in-state tuition.

Julián Aguilar, Ben Philpott, Emily Ramshaw and Reeve Hamilton talk at KUT's Views and Brews for the Tribune's Tribcast on April 24, 2012.
Julián Aguilar, Ben Philpott, Emily Ramshaw and Reeve Hamilton talk at KUT's Views and Brews for the Tribune's Tribcast on April 24, 2012.

The Weekly TribCast: Episode 129

In this week's special edition of the Tribcast, taped live before an audience at the historic Cactus Cafe, Reeve, Emily, Julian and Ben talk about Texas primaries, the Supreme Court taking up the Arizona immigration law and The Colbert Report.

Claudia Kolker: The TT Interview

The contributing editor for the Houston Chronicle on her book, The Immigrant Advantage, which chronicles several practices that first-generation immigrants bring to the United States. They are practices, Kolker explains, that could benefit families who have lived in the U.S. for generations.

Arturo Vargas: The TT Interview

The executive director of NALEO's Educational Fund on what it will take to motivate Latinos to vote this year, why immigration isn't the group's only concern and why voter ID legislation is a bad idea. If they are smart, he says, President Obama and his GOP opponent will make a Latino strategy an important part of their campaigns.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 11/28/11

Aaronson maps the growth of poverty in Texas, Aguilar on the suicide of an illegal immigrant, Galbraith on the prospect of more rolling blackouts, Grissom on a prosecutor's memory lapse, Hamilton on the prospect of public universities undergoing a sunset review, Murphy's latest awesome redistricting interactive, Ramsey on a stumbling start to the 2012 election season, Root on Rick Perry's latest populist tirade, M. Smith on the boom in for-profit teacher certification programs and Tan on the fight against cervical cancer in ... Africa: The best of our best content from November 28 to December 2, 2011.

ICE Removes Record Number of Immigrants in FY 2011

Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced this week it deported more immigrants during the 2011 fiscal year than it did in any year since the agency's 2003 inception. The total includes more than 216,700 people convicted of felonies and misdemeanors. Enforcement is a double-edged sword for President Obama, who continues to draw harsh criticism from Republicans who say he is soft on illegal immigration and from advocacy groups who want immigration reform.

In-State Tuition Law Now Haunts Candidate Perry

Thanks to Gov. Rick Perry, Karla Reséndiz was able to attend the University of Texas and pay in-state tuition rates — even though she is not a legal resident of Texas. Reséndiz and others like her are now the focus of a harsh political debate. And Perry finds himself is in an unusual position: facing attacks for being insufficiently hardline on illegal immigration.

Demonstrators march through the streets of downtown Dallas in 2010 to protest the passage of Arizona's controversial new immigration law.
Demonstrators march through the streets of downtown Dallas in 2010 to protest the passage of Arizona's controversial new immigration law.

DREAM Act Supporters Look to Texas Legislature

College students who would have benefited from federal passage of the DREAM Act, which would have provided a pathway to citizenship for certain illegal immigrants, are turning their attention to the Texas Legislature. As Erika Aguilar of KUT News reports, protesters rallied at the Capitol on Tuesday against a number of immigration bills lawmakers will consider.
Veronica Cervantes, an Austin Community College student, participates in a rally on the University of Texas at Austin campus to support the Dream Act.
Veronica Cervantes, an Austin Community College student, participates in a rally on the University of Texas at Austin campus to support the Dream Act.

DREAM Act Speakers

Speakers rally for the DREAM Act in Austin.

Veronica Cervantes, an Austin Community College student, participates in a rally on the University of Texas at Austin campus to support the Dream Act.
Veronica Cervantes, an Austin Community College student, participates in a rally on the University of Texas at Austin campus to support the Dream Act.

Senate Blocks DREAM Act Amendment

The defense bill blocked by Republicans in the U.S. Senate could impact Texas. One of the measures that failed to move forward was an amendment that would have given some undocumented immigrants a path to legal status through education. Erika Aguilar of KUT News reports.
An estimated 25,000 demonstrators attended the rally in Dallas to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform on May 1, 2010.
An estimated 25,000 demonstrators attended the rally in Dallas to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform on May 1, 2010.

William V. Flores Joins Call for DREAM Act

Bill V. Flores, president of University of Houston-Downtown, is joining calls for the passage of the DREAM Act, which clears a path to permanent-residency status for undocumented students.