The Golden Hammer Staff Reports
Austin, February 1 – State Representative Jeff Cason, Republican of Bedford, filed House Bill 1486, the End In-State Tuition for Illegals Act. This bill would stop the current practice of using tax-dollars to finance the higher education of illegal immigrants in Texas. Representative Bryan Slaton, a freshman House of Representatives member and Republican of Royse City, joined Cason as a joint-author of the legislation.
“Texans’ tax dollars should not be used to reward and encourage illegal immigration to our state and nation. As Texas taxpayers are seeing their property taxes rise, they are rightfully even more frustrated to find out that the Texas legislature has seen fit to give handouts to illegal immigrants. This must end now,” Representative Cason said.
The gist of the bill is the language: “A person who is not authorized under federal statute to be present in the United States may not be considered a resident of this state for purposes of this title.”
An identical version of this bill was filed in the 86th Legislature by Republican Representative Kyle Biedermann of Fredericksburg. It was referred to the Higher Education committee, chaired then by Democrat Representative Chris Turner of Grand Prairie, where it never received a hearing.
Representative Slaton commented, “This is a clear promise that Republicans have made to Texas voters. We cannot allow taxpayer funded magnets, aimed at those in our state illegally, to continue to be funded, while priorities like property tax relief go ignored. Now is the time to deliver results.”
A previous version of this bill was filed in the 85th and 84th Legislatures by Jonathan Stickland, who represented House District 92 prior to Jeff Cason. During those sessions, the bills were referred to the State Affairs committee, chaired then by Republican Representative Byron Cook of Corsicana, where they also never received hearings.