NH education aid bill targets non-US residents

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) Advocates for adult education programs across New Hampshire are opposing a bill they say would hurt immigrants and refugees working toward citizenship.

The Senate Education Committee held a public hearing Tuesday on a bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Andy Sanborn of Bedford, who says taxpayer money for adult workforce training programs should be reserved for people who can legally work in the United States. He emphasized it would only apply to workforce training and not all adult education programs, but the directors of several adult education centers said the two can't be separated because workforce training is incorporated into other programs.

The bill originally would have barred colleges and universities from providing state-funded financial aid to students who are not legal residents of the United States, but those provisions have been dropped.

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