SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois lawmakers have approved a privately funded scholarship program for children of immigrants, whether they're in the country legally or illegally.
A 61-53 vote in the Illinois House sent the measure to the governor's desk Monday.
The Illinois Dream Act would create a panel to raise private money for college scholarships. To qualify, students must have a Social Security number or federal taxpayer number.
The legislation would also let children of immigrants join state-run college savings programs.
It has no impact on a person's immigration status.
Opponents say it's improper to provide benefits that could help people who violate immigration laws.
The bill is SB2185.
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