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Ore. Governor Signs Illegal-Immigrant Tuition Bill

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SALEM, Ore. - Young illegal immigrants in Oregon can now pay resident tuition at the state's seven public universities.

Gov. John Kitzhaber signed the measure Tuesday, declaring "My friends, the dream has become a reality."

Starting next school year, illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children and graduated from an Oregon high school can pay the subsidized college tuition charged to Oregon residents. Students will save about $20,000 a year.

Proponents say young people should not be priced out of college because their parents chose to immigrate illegally. Those against the measure say the state should not be subsidizing a college education for people who violated immigration laws.