Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

'Dreamers' lose at state Supreme Court

'Dreamers' lose at state Supreme Court

The Arizona Supreme Court on Monday ruled that young immigrants protected from deportation under an Obama-era program will no longer be eligible for in-state tuition at the state's public colleges.

Arizona's Supreme Court ruled Monday that college students covered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program must pay out-of-state tuition rates.

Chief Justice Scott Bales said he issued the brief order to give the students impacted "as much time as possible for planning", as student enrollment at community colleges for summer and fall has already begun. A "full opinion further explaining the court's ruling" will reportedly be released by May 14.

Hasson said more than 600 DACA students earned an associate's degree or a certificate from a Maricopa community college, and this ruling is a concern for the 2,000 DACA students now enrolled at their colleges.

Based on that ruling, the regents followed suit and instituted their own policy allowing DACA recipients to pay in-state tuition.

Because of a Board of Regents policy, those who graduated Arizona high schools after attending school there for at least three years only pay 150 percent of in-state tuition, even if they're not considered residents, the Arizona Daily Sun reports. There are almost 28,000 dreamers residing in Arizona.

DACA recipients in Arizona will now face a tougher time being able to finance their college education.

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Rates are substantially less than what non-resident students pay.

"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.

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 president of the Arizona Dream Act Coalition, Karina Ruiz, told the outlet that her group will start raising money to fund emergency scholarships because this is a "state of crisis".

Sec. 505 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) of 1996 states explicitly that, "Notwithstanding any other provision of law, an alien who is not lawfully present in the United States shall not be eligible on the basis of residence within a State (or a political subdivision) for any postsecondary education benefit unless a citizen or national of the United States is eligible for such a benefit (in no less an amount, duration, and scope) without regard to whether the citizen or national is such a resident". Egurrola, who is 24, said that after a moment of disbelief, she urged her friends that this fight had been a long one, and they would find a solution. In that sense, defenders of the in-state tuition policy argue that DACA was meant to provide lawful status to young undocumented immigrants. As President Obama forthrightly acknowledged when he established the program in 2012 (after repeatedly saying he did not have the authority to do so), DACA does not bestow legal status on beneficiaries.

Edder Diaz Martinez, a DACA recipient, journalism major at ASU and communications director of Undocumented Students for Education Equity, said Monday's decision "completely puts education out of our reach and really just derails the hope and aspirations for these students to better themselves, their communities and their families".

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