The fight is over a bill Jones supported in 2001 providing for undocumented high school students to be able to pay in-state tuition rates at Texas colleges and universities — the same rates that legal residents pay. According to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, the entire Lubbock delegation voted for the bill at the time. Perry derides the law as creating “in-state tuition scholarships for illegal aliens.” Jones fired back: “This is a straight-out lie. The way I see it, I don’t see how anybody who was not a legal resident could benefit from it.” Does this argument ring any bells? Readers may recall that the issue arose in one of the gubernatorial debates before the Republican primary. Perry’s response was one of his finest moments. He said something like, “If these kids go to Texas schools and work hard enough to graduate, we want them in our colleges and universities.” My memory of this exchange is not precise. My recollection is that Medina was critical of Perry. I thought Hutchison was too, but a member of the Hutchison camp e-mailed me that she did not have the opportunity to engage in the discussion. I had written some remarks that were critical of KBH which I have removed as the result of the e-mail.
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