March 11, 2014
The state Senate has passed two conflicting bills dealing with higher education aid for illegal immigrants.
One measure allows illegal immigrants to get Millennium Scholarships if they sign an affidavit verifying that they will apply for citizenship as soon as they are able. If they don't apply, they must repay any benefits.
The Senate also approved a bill that bans illegal immigrants from receiving any state benefits for higher education, including scholarships, loans, and in-state tuition. Senate Democrats tried
but failed to include an affidavit provision similar to the one in the other bill.
The measures now go to the Assembly where there will be an opportunity to work out the differences between the two measures.