Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Arizona Supreme Court Unanimously Agrees To Prohibit In-State Tuition For 'Dreamers'

Arizona Supreme Court Unanimously Agrees To Prohibit In-State Tuition For 'Dreamers'

A new ruling from the Arizona Supreme Court mandated that those who benefit from the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals program are no longer eligible for in-state tuition, AZ Central reports.

The ruling could affect upward of 2,000 DACA recipients who now attend community colleges or state universities in Arizona and pay in-state rates, the Republic reported.

The Arizona Supreme Court said it was making its decision known quickly to give the district and its students, as well as the state, as much time as possible for planning.

Bill Ridenour, chairman of the Arizona Board of Regents, said the universities had anticipated and adverse ruling and they've used this time to start lining up private support for scholarship purposes for the DACA students so that their tuition does not abruptly increase.

More than 2,000 DACA recipients are enrolled in Arizona public colleges and universities, according to the lawsuit. And in-state residents at Arizona State University pay less than $10,000 per year, compared to nonresidents who pay more than $27,000. During a court hearing last week the justices had a series of pointed questions for Mary O'Grady, who was defending the policy enacted by the Maricopa Community Colleges of permitting dreamers to pay in-state tuition. Yet the academic future of 18-year-old Yanez and thousands of other Dreamers in Arizona is in doubt.

"The university is now looking into all options to assist Arizona high school graduates who are qualified to be in the US under DACA with an uninterrupted educational journey beyond high school", Crow said in the statement. 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. My parents can't afford that.

"It's going to be harder to continue with this journey", she said.

"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. In 2004, 56 percent of Arizona voters approved Proposition 200 that, among other things expressly prohibits illegal aliens from receiving public benefits.

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"What this decision means is that the education of these students are on hold", Martinez said.

It is that ruling the Supreme Court upheld on Monday.

Genesis Egurrola, the vice president of the Arizona Dream Act Coalition, got the news about the Supreme Court in her inbox shortly after leaving class on Monday.

The state has been at the center of similar legal issues surrounding DACA. She said she found out that she was undocumented when SB1070 was being debated in the state legislature.

Abril Gallardo, an undocumented student at Phoenix College, said it was "unfortunate" Arizona officials were "amplifying anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies" spread by Trump.

President Donald Trump has tweeted about DACA frequently after announcing past year he would end the program.

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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