TOPEKA, Kan. - Opponents of a Kansas law that allows some illegal immigrants to pay the same tuition as legal residents at state universities and colleges are pushing again to get the statute repealed.
But this year they're feeling better about their chances because the Kansas House is more conservative and Republican Kris Kobach, a critic of the law, has taken office as secretary of state.
The House Federal and State Affairs Committee opened hearings Tuesday on a bill repealing the 2004 law, hearing from critics of the statute. Supporters of the law are scheduled to testify Wednesday.
Critics say the law is unfair to out-of-state or foreign students who come to Kansas and encourages illegal immigration. Supporters say the young people it helps often have lived in the state for years.