Lawmaker: school aid for illegal immigrants wrong

AUSTIN (AP) - A Texas state representative has asked the state attorney general for an opinion on whether providing college tuition benefits to illegal immigrants violates federal law.

State Representative Leo Berman said he believes a Texas law giving state financial aid and in-state tuition to illegal immigrants is unlawful. The Tyler Republican pointed to a ruling by a California appellate court last month.

Texas was the first state to offer financial aid and in-state tuition to illegal immigrants in 2001. At least eight states have passed similar laws.

Berman tried to pass anti-illegal immigration legislation in 2007 and said he will introduce bills next year that would tax money transfers to Mexico and challenge the citizenship of the U.S-born children of illegal immigrants.

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