Governor Nixon Vetoes Anti-Immigrant Bill

This week Governor Nixon vetoed legislation that would have barred high school graduates who are immigrants from participating in the A+ program. A+ awards scholarships to eligible high school graduates for attendance at participating community colleges, vocational schools or technical schools. SB 224 would have required anyone applying for a scholarship to be “a citizen or permanent resident of the United State,” thereby barring participation by those “lawfully present” in the U.S., but not citizens or permanent residents. This would have included young people who have lived in the U.S. most of their lives. The MCC opposed SB 224, noting that these young people are here because of the decisions of their parents; as such, they bear no responsibility for being in the U.S. in a questionable legal status.

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