‘Dreamers’ want higher education at in-state tuition costs

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Dozens of undocumented students from the Keystone State are pushing lawmakers to pass The Dream Act.  The law would allow them to pursue high education by paying in-state tuition costs.

Yeny Romera, 17, of Reading, has a dream for her future.  She wants to become a registered dietician.  But the high school senior says once she graduates, college will likely be out of the question because of the cost.  As part of a Pennsylvania policy, undocumented students are required to pay out of state tuition.  The students call themselves dreamers and they hope state lawmakers will pass The Dream Act.

Romera says, “There’s many people in my same situation that they could give so much but are limited to a high school education or going into the workforce without further education.”

Dreamer, Karla Rojas says, “People are getting charged 2, 3 times more tuition and they’ve been here 10,11 years, so it’s a while and people have to work 2 jobs and go to school full time.”

Democratic State Senator, Andrew Dinniman, is the minority chair of the Senate Education Committee.  He says the bill needs more support before it can pass.

Dinniman says, “There’s resistance to getting this bill out of committee. My hope it myself and Senator Smucker who proposed this legislation will work together in a bi-partisan manner to get the bill out of committee and on the Senate floor.”

Romero is hoping for the law to pass so she can make a difference.  She says, “”It would allow me to give back to my community, give back to my parents who have done so much for me.”

The Senate bill remains in the State Senate Education Committee.