University of Tennessee, Knoxville

House panel votes down Tennessee immigrant tuition bill

A Tennessee House panel on Tuesday narrowly voted down a proposal to offer in-state tuition to public college students whose parents brought them or kept them in the country illegally, leaving several students in the room in tears.

The House Education Administration & Planning Committee voted 7-6 against the bill. A similar measure in 2015 passed the Senate but died by a single vote on the House floor.

Twenty other states and Washington, D.C. have similar in-state tuition policies for these students. Tennessee's out-of-state rate can be three times what state residents pay.

Republican bill sponsor Rep. Mark White of Memphis said the students didn't choose to enter...