New Jersey lawmakers are pushing for the state to offer college tuition assistance to citizens, even if their parents are not in the country legally.

Assemblywoman Marlene Caride announced Friday she has introduced legislation for that purpose, saying it's unfair to penalize citizens because of their parents' immigration status.

A committee in the state Senate approved a similar bill earlier this year.

The topic got attention last year when a student filed a lawsuit claiming the state denied her aid application because her mother is an illegal immigrant. The lawsuit is pending.