U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press )

The U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, said on November 7 that he supports in-state tuition programs at public colleges for children of illegal immigrants, reported The Washington Post. Duncan used  Rhode Island as an example of a state that has this kind of program, which starting in the fall of 2012, will allow illegal immigrants to receive in-state intuition. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, there are 12 other states who have a similar program, the paper reported.  In an interview with The Associated Press, Duncan said “They are either going to be taxpayers and productive citizens and entrepreneurs and innovators or they are going to be on the sidelines and a drag on the economy.” Duncan also supported the DREAM ACT, which failed in Congress last year.

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The article did a good job of using this statement by the Secretary of Education to discuss the ongoing debate of in-state tuition for immigrants. It not only gave statistics on the increase of of Hispanic college students, but also how the topic has impacted the Republican debates.

-Cristabellle Tumola