By Associated Press - Thursday, March 19, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas House committee has tabled a bill that would end a tuition break at state colleges for some young immigrants living in the state illegally.

The Education Committee’s 10-8 vote Thursday showed that Republicans who control the panel are split on immigration issues. The bill appears unlikely to advance this year.

A 2004 law allows high school graduates who came to the U.S. illegally to pay the lower tuition rates at state universities, community colleges and technical colleges normally reserved for legal residents.

About 650 higher education students enrolled in fall 2014 under the law. Committee members amended the bill to apply starting with 2018 high school graduates.

Supporters of the law say the young students are an asset.

Critics of the law say it encourages illegal immigration.

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