Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell vetoed a bill yesterday that would have allowed the state's illegal residents to benefit from in-state tuition at state colleges and universities. From the New York Times:
“I understand these students are not responsible for their undocumented status, having come to the United States with their parents,” Governor Rell said, in a statement issued by her office on Tuesday afternoon. “The fact remains, however, that these students and their parents are here illegally, and neither sympathy nor good intentions can ameliorate that fact.”
The legislation was approved by a 21-to-15 vote in the Senate and a 77-to-68 vote in the House. Although Democrats hold the majority in both chambers, the close votes make it unlikely that the two-thirds needed to override the veto will be achieved.