Illegal alien ‘dreamers’ just lost their in-state tuition for colleges in Arizona, after the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Monday that existing federal and state laws do not allow colleges to grant in-state tuition rates for DACA recipients.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich commended the ruling, saying his office has insisted all along that colleges and universities were violating federal and state laws by giving DACA recipients in-state tuition.
“It’s about time someone held them accountable, and that’s my job. My role as AG is to make sure you’re following the law,” he said, adding, “What makes this country unique and great … is because the rule of law means something.”
BREAKING: With the AZ Supreme Court DACA decision, the
Arizona Board of Regents says that the regents: “effective immediately, will no longer interpret its policies to offer in-state tuition to DACA students.”
— Anne Ryman (@anneryman) April 9, 2018
Arizona Central reported:
The court issued a brief decision order saying justices unanimously agreed with the Arizona Court of Appeals’ ruling that said existing federal and state laws don’t allow the Maricopa Community Colleges to grant in-state tuition rates for DACA recipients.
A full opinion further explaining the court’s ruling will be released by May 14, the order states.
The court released the order Monday to allow Maricopa Community Colleges students and the state to have as much time as possible to plan for those affected by the ruling.
More than 2,000 DACA recipients, commonly referred to as “dreamers,” currently attend community college or a state university in Arizona and pay in-state rates. The ruling will make DACA recipients pay much more to attend these schools, as out-of-state rates are about triple the cost of in-state tuition.
For example, in-state students at Arizona State University pay $10,640 this year, while non-resident students pay $26,470. Residents pay $86 per credit hour at the Maricopa Community Colleges, compared with $241 for non-residents.
Pro-immigration groups are outraged over the ruling and are vowing to fight it.
BREAKING: Arizona court strikes down in-state tuition for DACA recipients.
— United We Dream (☎ 888-872-5316 #DreamActNow) (@UNITEDWEDREAM) April 9, 2018
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