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In-state tuition for illegal immigrants rejected

Wednesday - 4/25/2012, 10:03pm  ET

Associated Press

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A bill that would allow illegal immigrants in Delaware to pay in-state tuition at colleges and universities has failed to clear a Senate committee.

The so-called DREAM Act, which stands for the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, failed to win enough votes Wednesday to be released by the Senate Education Committee.

The bill would have permitted undocumented students to pay tuition and fees at the in-state, resident rate at the University of Delaware, Delaware State University and Delaware Technical and Community College.

Qualifying applicants also would have been eligible for two taxpayer-funded scholarship programs.

Some opponents of the bill, similar to legislation passed in Maryland and several other states, have suggested that it would violate federal law and could result in court challenges.

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