Dewhurst Breaks with Perry on Tuition

Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011  |  Updated 9:14 AM CDT
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Dewhurst Breaks with Perry on Tuition

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Lt. Gov. of Texas, David Dewhurst.

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Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is breaking with Gov. Rick Perry by opposing in-state college tuition rates for illegal immigrants.

Dewhurst, running for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate seat of retiring Kay Bailey Hutchison, said he understands Perry's arguments but said his stance is all about fairness.

Dewhurst's comments came in a taping Monday for a political show to be aired Sunday.

Perry, seeking the Republican presidential nomination, has been criticized by opponents in his own party for his position that children of illegal immigrants in Texas through no fault of their own should pay reduced in-state college tuition.

Dewhurst said if Americans from Louisiana or Oklahoma or New Mexico aren't eligible for the lower tuition, it's not fair to give the break to non-citizens.

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