A key Republican lawmaker is adamant that a bill that would allow the non-U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at Oregon’s public universities will die this year.
Rep. Andy Olson, R-Albany, said Friday that he won’t allow Senate Bill 742 — passed by the Oregon Senate on a 18-11 vote in late March — to get out of the House Rules Committee, which he co-chairs.
Olson said the e-mails and letters he has received from constituents opposed to the bill far outweigh those from proponents of the proposal. He added that he has reservations about starting down a slippery slope of legislation favoring people who have entered the U.S. illegally.
“What other laws should they be allowed to break?” he said.
This bill spits in the face of Americans who play by the rules. It is satisfying to see the Republicans standing strong against it.