“I’ve had some constituents writing me to say they don’t want me to move forward on this,” Behning said. “But to me, morally it’s the right thing to do.”
Rep. Jim Lucas, a Republican from Seymour, voted against the bill in committee. He said he opposed it because it let the federal government continue to evade dealing with immigration issues.
State Sen. Jean Leising, a Republican from Oldenburg who co-authored Senate Bill 207, said she too is unhappy with the federal government’s lack of action on immigration issues. But, she said, denying in-state tuition is overly punitive.
“These kids were brought here by their parents, they had no choice but to come here,” Leising said. “The federal government is not going to deport them, so I think we need to give them every opportunity to succeed.”
Maureen Hayden covers the Statehouse for the CNHI newspapers in Indiana. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.