SANTA FE—A bill that would grant illegal immigrants the right to apply for lottery scholarships and in-state college tuition passed Tuesday in the House.
After a debate that lasted most of the afternoon, the House approved on a 41-26 vote a bill that would give illegal immigrants who graduate from a New Mexico high school—or earn their GED in the state—the chance to earn scholarships.
The bill already passed in the Senate, and will now go to the governor for consideration.
Rep. Antonio Lujan, D-Las Cruces, said he questioned whether trying to obtain a college education is illegal behavior.
“I rise in strong support of this,” he said. “When you look at education, it’s really a universal human right. … I have a hard time constantly hearing the word ‘illegal alien.’”