State lawmakers will have to find some middle ground after the DFL-led House passed a broad higher education bill that has key differences from the Senate version. The House version gives more grant money to undocumented immigrants, which Republican Representative Mary Franson of Alexandria opposes…

“Illegal immigration is a national crisis and not just at the border, radical progressive Democrats in this house are adding to the narrative that Democrats are the party of open borders.”

But Democratic Representative Connie Bernardy of New Brighton says…

“Our economic of our state depends on supporting every single student and their highest possible achievement.”

The House bill also puts a freeze on tuition for two years at the state’s public colleges and universities. And it aims to close achievement gaps and improve campus food accessibility.