Last week the Kansas House again rejected an attempt to repeal the 2004 law that enables some children of undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities. To their credit, lawmakers opted not to interfere with the efforts of the 500 students who are making use the law and advancing their educational goals. During the lengthy debate, the unflinching advocate for those students was Rep. Mario Goico, R-Wichita, who peppered the repeal sponsor with questions and spoke movingly of having had no choice when he was sent by his parents to the U.S. from Cuba as a 15-year-old. Though he was able to gain refugee status from the State Department and stay legally, the kids helped by the Kansas law have no such option. As he said, “the Department of State has been absent without leave now for 40 years.”
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