Proposed Ban on College Illegals
University of Missouri-Columbia asks every applicant where they were born, and if they are a U.S. citizen. If not, they are asked if they are a permanent resident of Missouri. If they are, the Admissions Office requires proof the applicant lives in the state.
Lawmakers said MU does a good job screening its applicants, and they want other state colleges and universities to do the same.
The Missouri House passed a bill requiring state colleges and universities to guarantee they have not knowingly admitted anyone who is in the country illegally.
"What we are trying to do is basically to draw that bright line between legal and illegal. People who come to this country legally are certainly entitled to a lot of the rights and privileges that the law allows. If you come here illegally and do not follow the rules then obviously your not available to take advantage of those rights," Rep. Jerry Nolte of Gladstone said.
This bill is in line with federal requirements, and it does not affect illegal immigrant children in elementary and high school.
The MU Admissions Department said it does not admit illegal immigrants, and it has never found an illegal student on campus. If it did, MU would try to help the student.
"Work to get that student legal in this country, but if we could not do that, we would treat them as an international student, at which point they have to pay non resident tuition," Barbara Rupp, Director of Admissions at MU, said.
The bill now moves on to the Senate. Lawmakers tried to pass this bill in previous sessions without success.