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Adrian Gamboa

Mars 28, 2014

Adrian Gamboa has lived in Mississippi since he was twelve years old. En 2012, he graduated from high school in Biloxi, and had an ACT score that was high enough to earn college scholarships. Adrian was excited to attend college, but there was one problem—he is undocumented.

Mississippi students who are undocumented pay up to 3-4 times higher tuition than do legal residents (they’re required to pay out-of-state or even international tuition rates). For many, this means that college is unaffordable.

This is definitely the case for Adrian—at his school, other Mississippi residents pay $1,000 per semester, but Adrian must pay $2,000. Although he’s eager to get his education, his family can only afford college if he takes one semester of classes, then takes a semester off.

Adrian isn’t alone, and that’s part of why he testified at the special Legislative Hearing on In-State Tuition on Monday, Mars 17. The hearing was organized by State Representative Greg Holloway (photographié ici), who is vice chair of the House Universities and Colleges Committees.

State Representative Greg Holloway.

For several years, including 2014, legislators friendly to MIRA and undocumented students have introduced legislation that, if enacted, would guarantee in-state tuition to all Mississippi students. These bills have never made much progress, but it looks like things are changing for the better. On Civic Engagement Day this year, activist and MIRA Board Member Roberta Avila let a group of immigrants and progressives to speak with the University and Colleges committee about our hopes to gain in-state tuition. Roberta was able to interact personally with the legislators and really make a clear case.

Last week’s hearing was a direct result of the action on Civic Engagement Day, and it’s a good sign that Legislators are listening to what we’re asking for, and may be interested in getting behind our proposals next year. There’s a chance that we may be able to make progress on In-State Tuition during the 2015 Legislative Session. A number of other US States now allow in-state tuition for undocumented students; they are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington. And in a surprise move, Florida’s conservative governor Rick Scott came out in support of a Senate proposal for in-state tuition. With 16 states providing it, we’re working harder than ever to gain this for our Mississippi students.

Adam (with Jackie Castro-Cooper) at the Legislative Hearing on In-State Tuition.

Adrian Gamboa testified boldly in front of the legislators, and was joined at the hearing by activist Jackie Castro-Cooper (pictured here with Adrian), community member Israel Martinez, and various other MIRA members and allies in the call for in-state tuition. You can see a great video report here on WLBT.com, and read a good piece featuring Mr. Martinez in the Jackson Free Press. The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) has provided an excellent “Basic Facts about In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrant Students” that you can check out on their website and share with others.

The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) has provided an excellent “Basic Facts about In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrant Students” that you can check out on their website and share with others.

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