RI Senator Seeks Legal Opinion On Immigrants' Instate Tuition

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sen. James C. Sheehan (D-North Kingstown) said he has asked U. S. Atty. Peter F. Neronha for a legal opinion on whether the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education violated federal law when it voted recently to grant in-state tuition for undocumented students.

Sheehan, in a news release, said, "This new policy ought to have been decided by the state legislature." He said that according to a 1996 federal law, "this may be the actual case. Accordingly, I have requested that U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha render a legal opinion on the issue."

Sheehan also said he remains "very concerned" about the potential cost of the new policy.

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