Pharos-Tribune

Local News

April 4, 2013

Coalition supports rollback of immigrant tuition ban

INDIANAPOLIS — Supporters of a national coalition of conservative clergy, law enforcement and business leaders are calling on Indiana lawmakers to roll back the state’s ban on in-state college tuition for the children of immigrants who came here illegally.

The ban was put into place two years ago, as Republicans in the Indiana Statehouse were pushing a massive anti-immigration bill that has since been partially struck down.

“From a legal status, they are aliens,” said Glenn Tebbe, executive director of the Indiana Catholic Conference. “But they are not aliens to the our human family.”

Tebbe, along with other supporters of a national network known “Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform,” came out in support of Senate Bill 207 during an event Wednesday at the Central Library in Indianapolis.

The legislation, which goes to the House Committee on Education today (THURSDAY), only applies to undocumented students who were enrolled in college when the ban went into effect in 2011.

Some key Republican supporters of the bill, including House Education Committee Chairman Bob Behning, have been working to expand the bill to cover more students.

Tebbe called it a critical piece of legislation that conservatives should support. “This is a moral issue,” he said.

Supporters of the in-state tuition ban argue it doesn’t deny access to college for undocumented students. But opponents like Tebbe argue that it creates a huge obstacle because it significantly boosts the cost of tuition. The out-of-state tuition rate is up to three times higher than the in-state rate.

Angela Smith Jones, director of public policy for the Greater Indiana Chamber of Commerce, urged opponents of the tuition ban to contact Republican leaders who control the Statehouse.

“Too often, those of us who are on the right side of whatever the issue is, we stay silent,” she said. “Those on the opposite side of this issue have the loudest voice.”

Megan Ritter, director of public policy for the Indiana Farm Bureau, said laws that block access to education “are creating an underclass that doesn’t need to be there.”

Tebbe, Ritter and Smith-Jones were part of panel of speakers who spoke at an event sponsored by the national Bibles, Badges and Business coalition. The event came less than week after a federal judge struck down key provisions in a 2011 Indiana immigration law that gave police sweeping powers to arrest people suspected of being in the country illegally.

Coordinated by the National Immigration Forum, the coalition is made up of mostly conservative law enforcement officers, evangelical Christians and business leaders who support comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for millions who are in the country illegally.

The coalition was formed to provide support for state and federal legislators who are ready to move on immigration reform. For Republicans in particular, being seen as supportive of comprehensive reform that creates a path for citizenship has been seen as a political liability.

Mike Murphy, an Indianapolis Republican who spent 16 years in the Indiana General Assembly as a vehement and vocal opponent of anti-immigration legislation, said that sentiment is changing. He noted that last November’s election was a wake-up call for his party, when GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney won less than 30 percent of the Latino vote.

“What a difference getting whipped in an election makes,” Murphy said.

Maureen Hayden covers the Statehouse for the CNHI newspapers in Indiana. She can be reached at maureen.hayden@indianamediagroup.com.

For more on this story and other local news, subscribe to The Pharos-Tribune eEdition, or our print edition

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • NWS-PT042014 Monk String-MAK Local Lao-Thai celebration brings 'new year, new life' Five Buddhist monks sat cross-legged on the stage of the Cass County Memorial Home Saturday morning, draped in orange robes, their hair cropped close to their heads. Those in attendance sat and knelt on rugs before them, many wearing sashes over thei

    April 20, 2014 3 Photos

  • Hospital CEO calls for growth Logansport Memorial Hospital's president and CEO said the facility will continue with its goals for growth in his State of the Hospital address Friday. Among the hospital's goals for 2013 were to preserve existing net revenues and resources, achieve

    April 20, 2014

  • NWS-PT042014 ballistics vest.jpg Protective investment: Family donates dog's bulletproof vest A local family recently donated a bulletproof vest to protect the Cass County Sheriff's Department's new canine, Kurby. Dr. Gerhardt Winkel III, his wife Stephanie and their children Elizabeth and Benjamin donated the vest because Kurby is a Belgian

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS-PT042014 miami co crash.jpg Two injured in Miami County crash PERU -- Two people were injured Thursday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of U.S. 24 and Ind. 19. According to a preliminary crash investigation by Indiana State Police, Rachael Pegg, 23, Mexico, was driving a 2002 Oldsmobile Intr

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS-PT042014 smith retirement.jpg Pastor retiring after 36 years After 36 years at Logansport First Church of the Nazarene, the Rev. Dr. Horace Smith thinks it's time to call it quits. Smith is preaching his last sermon next Sunday as the church's pastor. He and wife Linda Smith plan to remain in Logansport, which

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police blotter: April 19, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    April 19, 2014

  • UPDATED: Logansport HS teacher arrested on child seduction charge

    A Logansport High School teacher was arrested Thursday on a charge of child seduction.

    April 18, 2014

  • Police blotter: April 18, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    April 18, 2014

  • NWS-PT041814 LC50 cords.jpg 50 years later WALTON -- Dean "D.A." Zehring graduated from the current Lewis Cass High School, but he never attended classes there. It's one of the unique characteristics of the graduating class of 1968, the first class to complete all four years of high school un

    April 18, 2014 3 Photos

  • Caston considers Logan bus stop FULTON -- Caston Schools administrators are considering establishing a bus stop a few miles outside its boundaries on the north side of Logansport. The school board recently discussed the feasibility of adding a bus stop for students transferring fro

    April 18, 2014

Featured Ads
More pharostribune.com
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Poll

Should mushroom hunters be allowed to forage off-trail in Indiana state parks?

Yes
No
Undecided
     View Results
eEdition