INDIANAPOLIS – Today, State Senator J.D. Ford (D-Indianapolis) filed his first bill as the newly elected senator from District 29 – a bill to help the state’s immigrant children. Sen. Ford’s proposal would extend resident tuition rates to all qualified individuals regardless of citizenship or alien status.

“Indiana’s undocumented students are hard-working individuals, who know no other home than where they live now, and they want to make an impact in our communities,” Sen. Ford said. “A large percentage of undocumented students graduate public high schools or obtain a GED. Why should we only provide an education for these students that ends at high school graduation? Education plays an important role in having an informed citizenry. That’s just common sense.”

“Every person that lives in and contributes to our state should have the same opportunities to get an affordable education,” Sen. Ford said. “Our undocumented students want to be the next Hoosier nurses, our future teachers, and the newest skilled technicians. Currently, we are penalizing these bright students when we should be knocking down barriers to a successful future. I believe the legislature should support all Hoosier students, no matter their background or status, and this is why I filed my bill today.”