Florida Senate Clears Way for DREAM Act

Florida Senate Clears Way for DREAM Act

The Republican-controlled Florida Senate on Thursday passed Florida’s version of the DREAM Act, which would give in-state tuition rates to illegal immigrants who have completed at least three years of  school in Florida.

The bill, which passed 26-13, will go to the House on Friday, where it is expected to pass before going to Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s desk. Scott has said that he would sign the bill.

The measure (HB 851) “would also curtail the ability of state universities to raise tuition above the rates set annually by the Legislature” and cost $50 million when fully implemented, according to the Associated Press.

If Scott signs the bill, Florida will be the 20th state to have a version of the DREAM Act. On Tuesday, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, who barely got elected in 2013 after a contested recount, unilaterally granted illegal immigrants in the state in-state tuition rates.