GOP Platform Calls For Cutting Off Federal Funds From Colleges That Offer In-State Tuition To Undocumented Immigrants

Republicans this week are expected to approve the “most conservative platform in modern history” at their convention in Tampa Bay. The positions outlined cover everything from promoting anti-abortion measures with no exception for rape and incest to claiming that the Obama administration is advancing the “homosexual agenda” through foreign aid.

And the platform committee endorsed a provision that calls for universities to be denied federal funds if they allow undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition:

The difference between the lower in-state tuition price and the full tuition price for out-of-state students at public universities is picked up by taxpayer dollars. Republicans have argued against offering in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants as benefit rewarding illegal immigration.

Cutting off federal financing for universities who offer in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants could mean the loss of things such as Pell Grants and research funding if it was actually enacted into law.

The 2012 GOP platform is harsher on immigration issues after Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R), who wrote Arizona and Alabama’s harmful immigration laws, pushed for the tougher language. Kobach, who is an informal immigration adviser to the Romney campaign, has insisted that Romney wants SB 1070 as a national model, and he called President Obama’s directive to protect DREAM Act-eligible undocumented immigrants is “illegal.”


Several states already have laws allowing undocumented immigrants to pay in-state rates. And one college in Colorado is allowing students who are not citizens or legal residents to pay a reduced tuition rate, although it is still higher than the in-state rate. But other states are specifically blocking undocumented immigrants from receiving in-state tuition.