Mass. State Rep. Tim Toomey on In-State Tuition
After signing the change.org petition, I got this email from pro-migrant Mass. State Rep. Tim Toomey (D-Cambridge):
Thank you for contacting me in support of the in-state tuition bill. I have been a long-time supporter of this bill and I am proud to be a committed supporter of equal access to higher education for all.
The cycle of poverty that is present in many communities is difficult to break without access to jobs and decent wages, which are increasingly hard to find for those without a college education. It is especially difficult for those in immigrant communities who must also contend with language barriers and immigration status issues. Offering in-state tuition rates at state colleges and universities for all Massachusetts residents, regardless of immigration status, would break down the financial barriers facing undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as children. Under this system, hundreds of young men and women would have an opportunity to attend college that they may never have had otherwise.
At a recent hearing before the legislature's Joint Committee on Higher Education, I testified in favor of this bill. In my testimony I stated to the committee what I have long believed to be the core mission of this bill: broadening access to higher education in Massachusetts, and supporting those young people who have the most to overcome in obtaining an education. These are both noble goals, and I am looking forward to working with my colleagues in the legislature to pass in-state tuition this session. We cannot afford to wait any longer and risk letting more young immigrants slip through the cracks.
Thank you again for contacting me regarding this issue. Should you have any further comments or questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me or my staff.
26th Middlesex District