Undocumented Oklahoma college students worry about job opportunities

Tuesday, October 11th 2005, 6:22 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- More than 200 undocumented college students are attending college at in-state tuition rates in Oklahoma, but many fear they will be unable to find work when they graduate.

While states can help undocumented students go to college, it will take an act of Congress to let them work legally. And an increasingly vocal anti-immigration lobby will fight to keep that from happening.

The Oklahoma Legislature passed a law in 2003 that allows non-citizens to qualify for in-state tuition, scholarships and financial aid.

State Representative Al Lindley of Oklahoma City says lawmakers assumed undocumented students would be able to legalize their immigration status while in college. The bill requires them to apply as soon as they are eligible.