Florida’s Legislature made history. The passing of House Bill 851 will change the lives of students who want to pursue higher education in Florida by providing them affordable tuition.
We anticipate that Gov. Rick Scott will sign this bill into law. Broward College will begin offering in-state tuition to undocumented students as soon as the law becomes effective.
Florida’s 28 state colleges supported this legislation, and we are all thrilled we will now be able to help more students reach their goals. We will be able to educate and train more of these students to become productive members of our workforce and thereby helping our businesses succeed.
This legislation is an example of how bipartisan efforts to do the right thing is possible — even when it is politically difficult. Congress could learn from the good work of our Legislature by putting aside political differences and addressing immigration reform that will benefit our country.
We are in the business of helping Floridians reach their dreams through a quality postsecondary education, and today we celebrate this milestone that will transform the lives of students and revitalize the economy.
We are grateful to the legislators who voted for this initiative, Gov. Rick Scott and Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera for stepping forward, along with former Gov. Jeb Bush, former Sen. George LeMieux, many editorial boards and others who helped push for the right thing.
Finally, we thank and congratulate the thousands of students, some who are undocumented and many who are student leaders and lifelong Florida residents, who wanted to help their fellow students.
David Armstrong Jr., president, Broward College, Davie