Tonight at 11: Dollars for undocumented students

Debating who gets in-state tuition

A controversial plan that's failed for a decade in the Florida Legislature, this year has its best chance of succeeding.

It would allow for the children of undocumented migrants to pay in-state tuition. Right now, they have to pay out-of-state tuition at a much higher cost even though they live in the state.

You have to travel all the way to Miami Dade College to find one of two schools that currently offers in-state tuition to undocumented students.

“These are students who we have already invested a tremendous amount of public money getting them through high school, and the next step is to have them get a college education," said Rene Garcia, the school’s enrollment director.

The college took the step ahead of a proposed state law that would allow in-state fees for students despite their immigration status.

The Florida Legislature continues to move the issue forward.

It faces a few final votes before landing on the governor's desk. It's never made it this far before.

Opponents call the change of political heart an election year gimmick.

"This is very clearly a demographic pandering to a minority,” said David Caulkett with Floridians for Immigration Enforcement.

Wednesday at 11, meet a young man who makes the long commute to Miami just for the chance to go to college. 

He explains why this bill can mean the difference in higher education for him and others like him.

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