CTDreamers Carolina Bortolleto, Mariano Cardoso, Lorella Praeli, Hafid Dúmet, Camila Bortolleto, Wendy Cardenas, and Cynthia Romina Calderon at the Capitol yesterday (photo via Facebook)
After years of fighting for the rights of immigrants, activists from Greater Danbury and the state won a victory last night with the passage of the CTDreamAct.
The Senate gave final passage to a bill Tuesday that will allow undocumented immigrants pay in-state tuition at Connecticut colleges and universities.
Sen. Beth Bye, D-West Hartford said the bill has a strict threshold compared to states that have already implemented similar legislation and requires undocumented students to attend a Connecticut high school for four years and sign an affidavit stating they are seeking citizenship before receiving in-state tuition.
And unlike four years ago when a similar bill was vetoed by then Gov. M. Jodi Rell, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said he will sign the legislation.
“This is something that ran on,” Malloy said Tuesday. “I believe that if you have Connecticut high school diploma you should be able to attend a Connecticut public institution at state rates, pretty straightforward.”
A HUGE round of thanks goes out to the students and faculty at Western Connecticut State University who lobbied endlessly for the bill. I had the pleasure to meet several of the "CTDreamers" while following this story over the years and without their efforts, this bill that provides in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants would not be a reality.
Here's video footage of the CTDream rally in New Haven:
...and from the CTDream Act forum at Western Connecticut State University, here's my interview with Carolina and Camilla Bortolleto and Lorella Praeli.