Arizona Supreme Court rules against in-state tuition for DACA students

12 April, 2018, 00:45 | Author: Bert Pena
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Arizona students protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will no longer be eligible for in-state college tuition, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday.

As a result of the court's ruling, which will impact upwards of 2,000 DACA recipients who attend community colleges or state universities and currently pay in-state rates, so-called "Dreamers" could now have to pay double - or even triple - what they are currently spending for college.

The Arizona Supreme Court said Monday that the ruling does not "foreclose any measures taken by the State, in compliance with federal law, to extend resident tuition rates to in-state high school graduates not lawfully residing here". She's on a full scholarship, so this decision won't affect her directly for now, but she knows how much it will change things for her friends and the thousands of other DACA students who attend Arizona colleges and universities and pay in-state tuition.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said he wasn't surprised by the ruling, as he had previously maintained state colleges and universities were violating state and federal laws by granting in-state tuition to DACA recipients. In-state tuition for the next school year at Arizona State University, for example, is $9,834, while nonresident tuition is $27,618, according to the Arizona Republic.

"Not only does this put education out of reach for most students, many will simply drop out from this disappointing decision", said Edder Diaz Martinez, a DACA recipient himself and a founding member of Undocumented Students for Education Equity, a group representing immigrant students at Arizona State University.

A subsequent decision by a Maricopa County Superior Court judge said that all Arizona public colleges must offer in-state tuition to Dreamers, but previous year the Arizona Court of Appeals sided with the attorney general.

DACA recipients in Arizona will now face a tougher time being able to finance their college education. They aimed to end a powerful incentive for people to bring their kids to the United States illegally; alleviate a substantial burden on taxpayers; and ensure that illegal aliens did not receive preferential treatment over citizens and legal residents.

"While people can disagree what the law should be, I hope we all can agree that the attorney general must enforce the law as it is, not as we want it to be", Brnovich said in a statement on Monday.

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This is not the first time that the state of Arizona has attacked undocumented young immigrants.

The Show's Lauren Gilger spoke with her, and asked what her reaction was Tuesday when she found out about the Arizona Supreme Court's decision.

The AZ Supreme Court's decision to block Dreamers from in-state tuition is a bad blow to AZ students who want nothing more than to pursue their American dreams.

However, the Arizona Board of Regents approved a lower tuition rate in 2015 for non-residents who have graduated from a high school in the state, which would be about 150% of a state tuition ($14,751) as AZ Central continues.

Trump has repeatedly tweeted about DACA.

"Without a doubt, the Arizona Supreme Court's decision today is a setback for DACA students", Arizona Board of Regents Chair Bill Ridenour wrote in a statement.

The Arizona Supreme Court has chose to put an additional obstacle to around 2,000 undocumented young students who arrived in the country as children (Dreamers), in their struggle to lead a normal American life.

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