HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The arrest of a student activist originally from Mexico is hurting a push for Connecticut state legislation that would give students without legal immigration status at the state’s public colleges and universities access to financial aid.
Police said Cruz gave a statement admitting to the vandalism. He did not respond to requests for comment.
The case led state House leaders to postpone a planned vote last week on legislation that would open up $165 million in institutional financial aid to students without legal status at public colleges and universities. Those students are studying under an Obama-era executive order known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which grants them special visas.
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