State ‘Dream Act’ set to pass after Republicans’ about-face

The Seattle TimesJanuary 30, 2014 

State Senate Republicans announced Thursday they will vote to allow financial aid for students who were illegally brought to the United States as children, a stunning reversal that paves the way for passage of a top Democratic priority.

Higher Education Committee chairwoman Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, who 18 days ago described the so-called state “Dream Act” as not a priority, said she expects a version of the bill to pass through her committee and the Senate floor Friday.

It already passed the House and has Gov. Jay Inslee’s support.

“This has never been about immigration,” said Bailey, flanked by supporters, in an afternoon news conference. “It’s about making sure that we take care of the students that live in our state.”

Bailey said the Senate also plans to vote Friday on a separate bill to offer in-state tuition to students on active military duty and some veterans and their families.

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