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Published: Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 5:24 p.m.

Inslee signs immigrant financial aid bill

  • The Wenatchee High School band Mariachi Huenatchi plays music as dancers from Corazon de Mexico perform before Gov.ay Inslee signed the immigrant fina...

    Genna Martin / The Herald

    The Wenatchee High School band Mariachi Huenatchi plays music as dancers from Corazon de Mexico perform before Gov.ay Inslee signed the immigrant financial aid bill into law Wednesday in Olympia.

  • Gov. Jay Insee poses for a photo with undocumented youth who immigrated to the United States as children, just after signing the immigrant financialai...

    Genna Martin / The Herald

    Gov. Jay Insee poses for a photo with undocumented youth who immigrated to the United States as children, just after signing the immigrant financialaid bill into law Wednesday in Olympia. The law enables undocumented students to qualify for publicly funded financial aid.

  • Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self hugs one of her former students, Leo Carmona, 19, after giving a speech during a reception following the signing of the immigr...

    Genna Martin / The Herald

    Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self hugs one of her former students, Leo Carmona, 19, after giving a speech during a reception following the signing of the immigrant financial aid bill into law. Ortiz-Self, a strong supporter of the bill, previously was a school counselor at Everett High School.

  • Everett Community College student Irvin Enriquez, 25, talks with other immigrant students at the Capitol after Gov. Jay Inslee signed the immigrant fi...

    Genna Martin / The Herald

    Everett Community College student Irvin Enriquez, 25, talks with other immigrant students at the Capitol after Gov. Jay Inslee signed the immigrant financial aid bill into law Wednesday. Enriquez came to the United States with his family from Mexico City when he was 10.

  • Leo Carmona, 19, of Everett, listens to a speech by state Sen. Barbara Bailey after Gov. Jay Inslee signed the immigrant financial aid bill into law W...

    Genna Martin / The Herald

    Leo Carmona, 19, of Everett, listens to a speech by state Sen. Barbara Bailey after Gov. Jay Inslee signed the immigrant financial aid bill into law Wednesday. Carmona is as student at Everett Community College.

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee has signed into law a measure that expands state college financial aid to students in the country without legal status.
In a highly divided Legislature, passage of the bill represents a big win for immigrant advocates. It's also the first bill to become law this session.
Everett Community College student Irvin Enriquez stood behind Inslee as the governor signed the bill.
"For me, this will lighten the burden off my family," said the 25-year-old Everett resident who intends to transfer to the University of Washington. "If not for me, it will be for my brother who is going to college next year."
Enriquez said his family arrived from Mexico City when he was 10 years old and today they own a tire business in the city. He's spent the past two years traveling to Olympia to lobby lawmakers to pass the bill.
"I've been really adamant about it because this issue touched close to home," he said. "Even though I might not get it, I know a lot of people who need it."
The Senate and House versions of the bill were almost identical but had different names.
The House version didn't identify a funding source, but the Senate proposal allocates $5 million through June 30, 2015, from the general fund to pay for the financial aid payments under the state need-grant program.
The bill requires students to have received a high school diploma or equivalent in Washington state and to have lived in the state for at least three years before getting aid.
Herald Writer Jerry Cornfield contributed to this report.

Story tags » GovernorLegislatureImmigration

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