COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - A fight to secure in-state college tuition for students whose parents immigrated to the country illegally rose from the ashes Wednesday. Florida Senators are considering now passing the bill and are expected to vote on it Thursday.
It's a fierce debate that has been going on for more than a decade.
"It's not about politics, its about opportunity for students who are asking to pay a fair rate for education" said Andres Machado.
Should students who are in the country illegally pay in-state tuition to attend Florida colleges?
"It would mean the world to me to be able to go to school and make something of myself," said student Andy Martinez.
Andy Martinez is in Tallahasse lobbying on behalf of undocumented students for in-state tuition.
This would have a personal impact on Martinez, who is an undocumented immigrant who grew up in Naples, and graduated from Lely High School in 2009.
"If you can imagine saying no to a student who you've already paid for the majority of their education because we attended the public schools in Florida, you're turning down a future lawyer, a future doctor, a future politician even because they haven't had the opportunity to go to school and they don't know if they're gonna get that chance."
At the age of 22, Martinez said it's never too late to pursue your dreams. Martinez told WINK News he wants to go to school to fulfill his dream of becoming a registered nurse.
"I realize we're moving, we're getting ahead. And even it if doesn't pass today or the next year, I now have that confidence that we're not going to stop, we're just going to keep going back until we get our in-state tuition" said Martinez.
Out of the 40 state Senators, 21 will have to vote in favor of the bill for it to pass. Governor Rick Scott has said he supports the bill and will sign it.