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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Interim University of Memphis President Brad Martin is backing a proposal that is turning some heads.

In an interview with the Commercial Appeal, he supports a plan that would grant in-state tuition to illegal immigrants.

That plan hinges on the Tennessee General Assembly passing two bills that would allow the university to apply in-state tuition to undocumented students who have lived in the Volunteer State for at least five years and meet the academic requirements of the Tennessee Hope Scholarship.

Just days after Martin voiced his support, some undocumented students on Friday came forward to endorse tuition equality bills proposed in the Tennessee Legislature.

Nearly two dozen U of M students attended a seminar on campus organized by the Tennessee Student Union in support of higher education for immigrant youth groups.

There are currently two bills before the General Assembly that would allow undocumented students who meet academic requirements to pay in-state tuition if they been in Tennessee schools for five years.

Undocumented students now have to pay more than $23,000 a year to  attend the University of Memphis. That's three times more than in-state costs for other students.

"We deserve our education, because it was not our fault to be put in this problem," said Patricio Gonzales, undocumented college student. "All we want to do is help the country that we know and the countries that we have in our hearts back home. In the end all we're trying to do is help the world."

The Tennessee Student Union said there are an estimated 14,000 undocumented college students in the Volunteer State.

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