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Washington Taking Steps Forward for Immigration Reform

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The state legislature is making strides when it comes to immigration reform. The state legislature is making strides when it comes to immigration reform.

NBCRightNow.com - The state legislature is making strides when it comes to immigration reform.

The Real Hope Act could provide millions of dollars in financial aid for undocumented immigrant students.

While immigration reform and the dream act have both stalled at the national level, this month the Washington state Senate voted 35-10 for the measure it prefers to call the real hope act.

Senate Bill 6523 provides over $5 million dollars for college financial aid programs for undocumented immigrant students, enough to finance college-need grants for some 800 to 1,200 students. It is expected to easily pass the house, which has approved a similar measure twice in the last year.

It is different than previous versions, commonly called the Dream Act, because this bill actually provides money to make the program a reality.

"This is a great step forward for our students that really didn't see the hope there before and how they were going to go to college," said sponsor Sen. Barbara Bailey, (R) 10th District.

You can track this bill and all state bills here.

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