No matter what Congress or the White House does (or fails to do), undocumented youth are here to stay. That's why more than a hundred TIRRC youth members will be taking over the state capitol next Tuesday for Tuition Opportunity Day on the Hill.
For years, immigrant youth have led a campaign to grant in-state tuition to undocumented graduates and give them a fair shot at fulfilling their dreams of going to college.
We've reintroduced the Tuition Opportunity bill this year and will be launching our campaign next week with a powerful Day on the Hill.
On Tuesday, immigrant youth will head to the state capitol to meet with members of the General Assembly, share their stories, and urge passage of the Tuition Opportunity Bill.
As we take over the capitol next week, our bill SB2263 (Gardenhire)/HB 2429(M. White) is scheduled to be voted in House Education Committee. As our bill progresses in the coming weeks, we’ll need you to stand with immigrant youth and take action at key moments. Stay tuned for ways to engage your representatives.
From advocating for college access to fighting for the Dream Act, our transformative youth organizing work couldn't happen without your support. Please consider making a donation today to invest in the Tuition Opportunity campaign and to build long-term power for immigrant youth.
Efforts to Undermine Our Progress
As widespread, bipartisan support for Tuition Opportunity has grown, anti-immigrant extremists have also mobilized and become emboldened. There are two bills filed this year aimed at prohibiting legislation like Tuition Opportunity.
On Wednesday March 14th, the Senate Education Committee will be voting on SB 2031 (Green)/HB 2101 (Terry) which seeks to codify the status quo for undocumented students. SB 2569 (Hensley)/HB 2582 (Ragan), is not yet scheduled for a vote, but it seeks to restrict in-state tuition to “Tennessee citizens” only.
These bills would take the state in the wrong and opposite direction from the rest of the country. Already more than 27 states have laws and policies that recognize the benefits of increasing access to education for students who’ve grown up there, regardless of immigration status.
Registration Still Open For Tuition Opportunity Day on the Hill
We invite undocumented youth and their educator allies to join us in Nashville next Tuesday, March 13th to advocate for the Tuition Opportunity Bill. Please register by 11:00a CST Monday, March 12th. Register here. Contact Cesar@tnimmigrant.org for more information.