The South Dakota Senate Education Committee has stopped a proposal to block illegal immigrants from attending post secondary institutions, receiving grants, financial aid, or even being allow resident tuition. Senator Stace Nelson sponsored the bill.

"This is a decision that should be made by the legislature on whether we're going to have a sanctuary college system in the state of South Dakota. This should not be decided by the Board of Regents, it shouldn't be decided by students at the state college, it should not be decided by those who are here illegally," said Nelson.

Those who work directly with colleges and universities in the state say this is not an issue of concern in the state of South Dakota.  Education Committee Chair Jim Bolin of Canton says just a few students who are undocumented are already paying full non-resident tuition.

The bill was defeated by a vote of five to two.

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