The Truth-O-Meter Says:

Romney said "'No' to in-state tuition" for illegal immigrants.

Mitt Romney on Monday, November 26th, 2007 in a TV ad

Yes, Romney said no.

On several occasions, Mitt Romney has criticized former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee for supporting a bill that would have allowed illegal immigrants who graduated from Arkansas high schools to be eligible for in-state tuition rates at state schools.

Romney, on the other hand, has said repeatedly that he opposed a similar measure when he was governor of Massachusetts. He does so in a television ad. That claim is accurate.

Romney vetoed a bill in 2004 that would have allowed illegal immigrants who graduated from Massachusetts high schools to pay in-state tuition at state-run colleges and universities.

"I hate the idea of in any way making it more difficult for kids, even those who are illegal aliens, to afford college in our state," Romney said at the time. "But equally, perhaps a little more than equally, I do not want to create an incentive to do something which is illegal."

In 2006, the Massachusetts legislature tried to pass the measure again in order to override his veto, but was unsuccessful.

The Truth-O-Meter says Romney's statement is True.

About this statement:

Published: Wednesday, December 5th, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

Subjects: Immigration


Massachusetts Legislature, Chapter 149 of the Acts of 2004, Section 32 (Governor's Veto).

Boston Globe, "Romney vetoes $108.5M in budget; He signs $24.5B state spending plan," June 26, 2004

Boston Globe, "Immigrant tuition bill defeated," Jan. 12, 2006

Written by: Angie Drobnic Holan
Researched by: Angie Drobnic Holan
Edited by: Amy Hollyfield

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