An estimated 6,400 young people in South Carolina are living in limbo after President Donald Trump threatened to end a federal program that shields them from deportation.

But even with that uncertainty, one South Carolina lawmaker is introducing a bill that would treat them like South Carolina residents, at least when it comes to pay for college.

Rep. Neal Collins, R-Pickens, has introduced legislation that would allow participants in the DACA program to pay in-state tuition at South Carolina colleges, apply for state-sponsored scholarships and receive professional licenses from state boards.

Immigrants are eligible for DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – if they were brought into the country as children and currently lack legal immigration status, but are working, enrolled in school or serving in the military and don’t have a criminal record.

Thousands of so-called “Dreamers” have signed up for the program in South Carolina, but colleges and universities still charge them higher out-of-state tuition rates. Even if they graduate, many jobs that require state licensing remain closed to them.

“South Carolina is one of just a handful of states penalizing Dreamers in the above fashion,” Collins said in a Facebook post. “(W)e have thousands of children and young adults in SC wanting to live the American Dream. To deny children that have only known SC as their home the same rights as their classmates serves little purpose in the face of our American ideals.”

Collins credits the bill to a series of hearings a State House children’s panel, where more than 30 Dreamers told their stories about the handicaps their DACA status puts on their ability to live, study and work in the Palmetto State.

More of this story at the link above. Perhaps this is a bill you want to discuss with YOUR house member.