HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut House of Representatives has given final legislative approval to a bill that allows immigrant students without legal status to be eligible for institutional financial aid at state-run colleges and universities.
The bill passed Wednesday on a 91-59 vote, following a daylong debate. It now awaits the governor’s signature.
The bill is considered a compromise and includes some provisions of the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — or DACA — policy, such as requiring applicants not to have felony records.
But Watertown Rep. Joe Polletta, a Republican whose family emigrated from Italy, says he has “a problem handling out any money to someone who is undocumented.”
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Advocates say it’s only fair to allow the students to receive financial aid from a fund they paid into with tuition dollars.