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HOUSTON – A Texas law that allows illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at colleges and universities is facing a legal challenge.

David A. Rogers with the Immigration Reform Coalition of Texas says the lawsuit filed in Houston alleges the state is violating federal law and seeks an injunction to halt the practice.

The lawsuit, filed Monday, names the University of Houston, Houston Community College and Lone Star College systems.

A spokesman for UH declined comment Tuesday. HCC officials say their attorneys were reviewing the lawsuit. A Lone Star spokesman declined comment.

UH law professor Michael A. Olivas, who helped draft the Texas statue, says federal law allows states to pass their own legislation regarding in-state residency for undocumented students.

In-state tuition is generally cheaper than fees for out-of-state residents.

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