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Final legislative approval has been given by the Connecticut General Assembly for a bill that would allow undocumented students to access institutional financial aid at state run colleges.  They pay into the fund with tuition dollars, but currently are barred from accessing it.  Kent Representative Brian Ohler says he understands the good intentions, but can't support a measure that would provide illegal immigrants with a greater opportunity for financial assistance over a student who has resided here legally for his or her entire life.  Ohler acknowledged that the Dreams came to Connecticut when they were children, but says he is pained to know that they are now adults and remain undocumented.  Ohler says the pool of available institutional financial aid is shallow enough when considering the number of legal students who are competing for the funds.

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