On Thursday, April 16th dozens of TIRRC members and dreamers donning caps and gowns, watched from the Senate Chambers as the tuition equality bill passed! We wanted to share the good news with you, and ask for your help as we move towards a final vote in the House of Representatives.
In 2012, TIRRC members and their teachers vowed that future classes would have greater access to college. Now three years later, a bill that would grant in-state tuition to DACA recipients has passed one of the last hurdles. We are closer than ever thanks to the leadership of Tennessee dreamers and a diverse coalition that includes business groups, faith organizations, and institutions of higher education. Our members and member organizations across the state have been working tirelessly -- from Latino Memphis to the Unity Center in Cleveland, this has truly been a statewide, grassroots effort.
As the legislative session comes to a close, the bill will move quickly through two more committees and head to a final vote on the House floor early next week, if we're lucky. Anti-immigrant groups are mobilizing their members to call legislators and voice opposition to tuition equality, but we know that Tennesseans believe all students have the right to an education, which is why your Representative needs to hear from you.
Please call your Representative and ask them to support tuition equality. To find his or her contact info, click here and type your address in the "Find My Legislator" box on the right.
"Hello my name is _________________, I live in __________________, and I was calling to urge Representative _______________ to support HB675, the Tuition Equality bill that allows many immigrant students to pay in-state tuition. Our students are our future and we should make sure that every Tennessee student can pay a fair price for college. Please vote yes on HB675 and give these students a chance to follow their dreams. Thank you."
Please encourage all of your friends, family, and community networks to make the call, too!
P.S. If you're in Middle Tennessee, mark your calendars for nextWednesday, April 22, to celebrate the campaign with us at La Hacienda on Nolensville Rd. in Nashville from 5:30-7:30 pm!