Missouri Senate backs undocumented immigrant scholarship ban - KMOV.com

Missouri Senate backs undocumented immigrant scholarship ban

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri senators have voted to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a bill eliminating college scholarships for some immigrants who are not U.S. citizens.

The Republican-led Senate voted 24-8 Wednesday for the legislation that would prohibit the state's A+ Scholarship from going to students brought to the country illegally as children.

The vote sends the measure to the House, where a similar two-thirds majority is needed to complete the override.

The bill targets students who lack legal status but have been deemed lawfully present in the U.S. under President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The A+ Scholarship pays for two years of tuition at a community college for students who meet GPA, attendance and service requirements.

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