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Advocates rally for undocumented immigrants

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Advocates for equality among undocumented illegal immigrants are calling on state lawmakers for support. The Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance is pushing passage of bills that include allowing the children of undocumented workers to pay the same in-state tuition rates as other Mississippi students.

"It is only fair that children who grow up in Mississippi, children who go to our public schools, who are in fact Mississippians, should have the same rights to in-state tuition as other children in the state of Mississippi," said Representative Cecil Brown. 

Supporters also want them to have access to driver's licenses.

"We are hoping that our legislators will pass that legislation and offer driver's licenses to the people that need it," said MIRA legal project director Patrice Ice. "To go to work to go to school, to come here to the capitol."

Opponents in other states have argued it is unfair to give in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants, while charging out-of-state tuition to those in the country legally.

Advocates say, their success will have a positive economic impact on Mississippi.

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