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Education Secretary: ‘Dreamers’ need lower tuition

Undocumented college student Jorge Herrera, 18, center, of Carson, Calif., rallies with students and Dream Act supporters in Los Angeles, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010. The Dream Act, which failed to move on in the Senate, would have given provisional legal status to illegal immigrants brought to the country as children. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Undocumented college student Jorge Herrera, 18, center, of Carson, Calif., rallies with students and Dream Act supporters in Los Angeles, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010. The Dream Act, which failed to move on in the Senate, would have given provisional legal status to illegal immigrants brought to the country as children. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says college needs to be more affordable for “dreamers,” who currently pay higher tuition rates than in-state students at Arizona’s three state universities.

Dreamers are young people who were born in other countries, brought to the United States illegally as children and are not U.S. citizens.

Duncan was in Tucson and Tempe on Wednesday as part of four-state, back-to-school bus tour of the Southwest.

It included a town hall at Arizona State University focused on college access and affordability.

Duncan told The Arizona Republic (http://bit.ly/14GYjgc) that dreamers represent “an amazing talent pool” and it makes “no sense” to charge them higher rates.

He says immigration reform at the federal level would help increase access to a college education for dreamers.

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