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VOL. 132 | NO. 83 | Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Tennessee Immigrant Students Lament In-State Tuition Defeat

The Associated Press

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee immigrant students have handed lawmakers paper tombstone cutouts that described their lost hopes and dreams to protest the defeat of a bill to grant them in-state college tuition.

A handful of students showed up in graduation robes at the Capitol on Monday. The legislation they advocated for would have offered in-state tuition to public college students whose parents brought them or kept them in the country illegally.

Katherine Diaz, 18, said she attends a college in Kentucky at the out-of-state rate because she couldn't afford Middle Tennessee State University's out-of-state rate.

The cutout tombstone Diaz held said, "Here lies HB0863. With it lies my dreams of becoming a Lawyer."

Earlier this month, the House Education Administration & Planning Committee voted 7-6 against the legislation.

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