Concord MonitorBy George Bruno. To Dover Rep. Peter Schmidt: I am writing to commend you for introducing House Bill 474 to extend in-state tuition in our university system to all New Hampshire residents regardless of immigration status. The pursuit of higher education by all New Hampshire residents is a worthy goal deserving of wide support. HB 474, approved yesterday by the House, has much to recommend it:
1. Until recent years, immigration status was not a part of New Hampshire higher education applications. We should restore the status quo ante.
2. As a lawyer deeply involved in immigration law, I know that the trend in other states is to extend in-state tuition benefits to all residents, including undocumented residents. The most recent example is New Jersey where Gov. Chris Christie signed such a law for New Jersey residents. More...