Expanding Opportunity for Refugees & Immigrants
With the recent disparaging remarks about immigrants coming from President Trump, I wanted to do something to fight back against hate and racism here at home. That’s why I’m especially excited to announce my second bill of 2018: allowing refugees and special visa immigrants in Colorado to pay in-state tuition rates for college.
By allowing in-state tuition instead of expensive out-of-state rates for refugees and Special Immigrant Visa holders, the bill ensures that Colorado is a welcoming and supportive community for those who now call Colorado home. Whether they’re a refugee from a war-torn region or have been given a Special Immigrant Visa after serving as a translator for the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan and now fear retribution, they deserve the opportunity to work hard and pursue a degree to further contribute to the Colorado economy.
Unfortunately, Senate Republican leadership already assigned the bill to the State Affairs Committee, where most bills receive a party-line vote. However, I’m not backing down; I plan to ensure this bill serves as a message of not just acceptance, but active support of immigrants and refugees during a time of hostility coming out of Washington D.C. and around the world.
Today, we state loud and clear: immigrants and refugees have a place in our Colorado story.