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What's going on in the state legislature this session


Elliot Suhr, WNPA News Service

DREAM COMES TRUE: Students celebrate with legislators after the passing of the Real Hope Act. Left, Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos, D-Seattle, greets students from the Latino Educational Achievement Project on Tuesday.

Dream Act a reality in Washington State

Elliot Suhr, WNPA News Service

Students who arrived in the United States illegally as children will soon be eligible to apply for college financial aid.

On Tuesday evening, Senate Bill 6523 passed the House and now goes to Gov. Jay Inslee, who has stated his support for the bill.

The Dream Act is a piece of federal legislation that would legalize the status of several million undocumented youth immigrants. Washington joins three other states-California, New Mexico and Texas-in enacting a version of the Dream Act and extending state need-grants to students who arrived illegally in the United States as children. It is the first bill to pass both chamb...

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