Gov. Rick Scott is making a concentrated push to reach out to Hispanic voters in what will likely be a tight re-election campaign. But that push is leading Scott to abandon the hard line he took four years ago against illegal immigration.
Scott on Monday signed into law a bill that guarantees in-state tuition rates to high school students living in the country illegally. The new law offers in-state college tuition rates to undocumented students who had attended a Florida school for at least three years before graduation. Scott opposed the idea in 2011, but polls show Hispanic voters overwhelmingly behind the move.
The current in-state rate is a quarter of what out-of-state students pay.
The Republican governor has taken a series of steps to ramp up his Hispanic outreach. Scott just last week launched a Spanish radio ad, and he aired a television ad in late April.
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