TOPEKA — Secretary of State Kris Kobach told a House committee today that letting undocumented students attend Kansas colleges on in-state tuition does them a disservice because they can’t legally stay and work after they graduate — and staying too long pushes them back 10 years from legal residency.
But in the audience at the hearing were two young women who did exactly what Kobach said they couldn’t do. Both graduated from state universities and became legal, working residents of the United States and Kansas.
The hearing at the Federal and State Affairs committee was on House Bill 2006. It would repeal a 2004 law that allows undocumented students to qualify for resident tuition to attend state universities, community colleges and trade schools, if they attended high school in Kansas for three years and earned a diploma or GED.
Today’s portion of the hearing was for repeal proponents to make their case. Wednesday, opponents will get their chance to argue against the change.