Hutchinson Signs Bills Helping Immigrant Students

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed two bills benefiting immigrant students in the state.

Hutchinson signed House Bill 1684 into law Wednesday, granting in-state tuition for graduates of Arkansas high schools who have lived in the Natural State for at least three years.

Hutchinson also signed House Bill 1552, allowing the state board of nursing to grant licenses to DACA recipients.

These students were brought to the U.S. undocumented as children.

Rep. Megan Godfrey (D – Springdale), who sponsored the nursing bill, said she expected more push-back from the Republican-led legislature and is grateful both bills were passed quickly.

“Anytime you remove an obstacle from someone’s opportunities, I think that that comes with relief and excitement with what the future may hold,” Godfrey said. “Even for students who aren’t DACA recipients or nursing students this is still a very big win.” 

In 2017, the Board of Nursing stopped allowing dreamers to get licensed and for students who grew up in Arkansas, but are not U.S. Citizens. Tuition is currently three times the amount of the in-state cost.

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