ASSET: In-state tuition bill's progress gives student Cesiah Guadarrama hope

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Lynea Hansen.
Currently, thirteen other states have similar legislation in place granting undocumented students in-state tuition provided they meet certain criteria. Texas enacted legislation in 2001, and the state's success has provided a road map for Colorado's bill, Hansen says.

"One of the things we like to talk about a lot is 'if we do this, there's going to be a huge influx of undocumented coming into the state.' Texas has been able to show us that that is not true at all," she points out.

ASSET is backed by Senators Mike Johnston and Angela Giron, as well as Representatives Crisanta Duran and Angela Williams. The support of the four sponsors has been huge, Hansen says.

"All four of them have been working very hard with us to create a bill that one, can pass, two, that will benefit the students and three, benefit the state as a whole," she maintains. "They've been working to bring allies into our tent."

The bill is set to go before a Senate Appropriations Committee before heading to the Senate floor. If it passes, as expected, it will then be heard in the House of Representatives.

For Guadarrama, the support for the bill not only means access to higher education, but also a chance to follow her occupational dream.

"I want to go into the medical field and either become a radiologist or a physician's assistant," she says.

Here's a look at the legislation.

ASSET (Senate Bill 33)

More from our Calhoun: Wake-Up Call archive circa 2012: "CU Regents support Colorado ASSET tuition plan for illegal immigrants."

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