SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois lawmakers are considering a college scholarship program for the children of immigrants, including people in the country illegally.

The Senate voted 45-11 Wednesday to set up the privately funded scholarship and also let immigrants’ children participate in a college savings program.

To qualify, students must already be employed and enrolled in college.

Supporters say it will help immigrants build better lives, but some senators object to tax money being used to administer a program that helps people who might be in the country illegally.

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