The state budget passes Friday, but not before the legislature hit a bit of a snag over how much DACA students in Missouri should have to pay for tuition.
DACA students, or dreamers, are those who come from parents who immigrated to the United States, who now are living here without proper citizenship. Speaker of the House Elijah Haahr says in the end, lawmakers decided not to allow universities to charge in state tuition for dreamers.
“In-state tuition is essentially just something that we pay for, and so we’re deciding how to spend those resources, we decided to prioritize citizenship,” says Missouri Speaker of the House Elijah Haahr.
That decision was part of House Bill three which ended up passing as part of the overall state budget.