Children of parents in this country illegally will be able to pay in state UW tuition, under a provision of the budget signed by Governor Jim Doyle Monday. "Unquestionably it's a step forward and opens the doors of educational opportunity for those students," said Christine Neuman Ortiz is with Voces de la Frontera . And it's a benefit to the state as a whole, as part of a broader strategy to make education more accessible."
But there's disappointment among immigrants and supporters that the controversial issue of driving cards did not make it into the budget. Governor Doyle fought hard for the in state tuition but did not go to the mat on the driving cards. Neuman Ortiz believes a separate bill may still be offered this session of the legislature.