Published: Feb 01, 2012 12:07 AM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida bill that would have allowed in-state college and university tuition for certain U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants is dead.
    
It failed on a 3-3 tie vote Tuesday in the Senate Higher Education Committee.
    
Opponents were not persuaded by emotional testimony from a Miami-Dade College student.
    
Carla Montes, who was born in Miami and graduated from Ronald Reagan High School in Doral, said she cried for three days after being denied in-state tuition.
    
Montes said she worked for a year at minimum wage so she could qualify for in-state tuition as an independent adult.
    
The bill (SB 1018) would have let U.S. born children of illegal immigrants pay in-state tuition if they graduated from a Florida high school after attending it for at least two years.

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