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Undocumented students, supporters push for vote on share of financial aid

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Advocates continued their push for undocumented students to get a share of financial aid. (WFSB) Advocates continued their push for undocumented students to get a share of financial aid. (WFSB)
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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Undocumented college students and their supporters stormed the capitol on Wednesday.

They said they rallied for access to financial aid they already put money toward.

However, the arrest of a Mexico-native accused of spray-painting expletives about President Donald Trump on the University of Connecticut campus is proving to be a fly in the ointment, as reported by the Associated Press.

Eric Cruz Lopez once testified himself in favor of two bills that are before lawmakers.

However, he's since been charged with more than 100 counts of misdemeanor vandalism. He was arrested on May 7. Police said he admitted to the crime and has offered restitution.

Meanwhile both bills, one in the state House of Representatives and another in the Senate, were already passed by lawmakers on the state's Higher Education Committee.

However, lawmakers postponed a vote that was supposed to happen last week. The postponement was the result of Lopez's case.

However, time is ticking and students are hoping the rest of the legislature votes on them before their session is over.

Students and teachers said they've collected thousands of signatures to support their cause.

Wednesday, they'll continue to call on lawmakers.

The undocumented students said they want equal access to student-generated financial aid, which is tuition revenue that's set aside to help students in need. They feel they should be able to tap into it since they are paying into it.

Right now, Connecticut allows undocumented students to pay in-state tuition as long as they've spent two years at a state high school.

However, they don't qualify for any government funding.

Those against the bills argue it would mean less money for students who are legally in the country.

Wednesday's rally took place at 10:30 a.m. at the capitol building in Hartford.

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