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H.R. 5229 (115th): Tuition Fairness for Citizens Act

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 8, 2018 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 5229

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 8, 2018

(for himself, Mr. Jody B. Hice of Georgia, Mr. King of Iowa, Mr. Babin, Mr. Harris, and Mr. Biggs) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To amend section 505 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to clarify the prohibition on postsecondary education benefits for certain aliens, to grant a private right of action to persons injured by a violation of such prohibition, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Tuition Fairness for Citizens Act.

2.

Limitation on eligibility for higher education benefits of aliens not lawfully present

Section 505 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C. 1623) is amended to read as follows:

505.

Limitation on eligibility for higher education benefits of aliens not lawfully present

(a)

In general

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, an alien who is not lawfully present in the United States shall not be eligible for any postsecondary education benefit unless all citizens and nationals of the United States are likewise eligible for such benefit.

(b)

Private right of action

Any person who is aggrieved by a violation of subsection (a) may bring a civil action in any court of appropriate jurisdiction for—

(1)

declaratory, injunctive, or other equitable relief;

(2)

damages; and

(3)

such other relief as the court may deem appropriate.

(c)

Effective date

This section, as amended by the Tuition Fairness for Citizens Act, shall apply to benefits provided on or after the date of the enactment of such Act.

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