Thanks to a deal struck between Governor Chris Christie and NJ Democratic leaders, New Jersey will join the growing number of states providing in-state tuition rates to undocumented young people in New Jersey. The move comes as Governor Christie eyes the possibility of a presidential run, and immigration reform takes center stage at the nationally. Christie garnered approximately 51% of the Hispanic vote in this year’s governor’s race – a huge increase from the 2009 vote. By showing support for undocumented young people at the state level, Governor Christie provides political cover for New Jersey’s Republican congressman to support immigration reform at the national level.
Over the past 10 years, Ryan Stark Lilienthal’s advocacy for in-state tuition has include a host of activities, including testifying before the New Jersey legislature.
For more information about the Christie/Democratic deal, click here to read CNN’s coverage of the story.