Young migrants burn high school diplomas, protest Ariz. attorney general


by Erin Kennedy

Video report by Dennis Welch

Posted on October 29, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 3 at 1:32 PM

PHOENIX -- Young immigrants burned their high school diplomas today in front of Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne's office.

The immigrants are known as DREAMers, referring to the U.S. Dream Act.

The event was a response to Horne's lawsuit which is trying to stop community colleges from offering the DREAMers in-state tuition rates. DREAMers say Horne is trying to keep them from going to college.

"[Tom Horne] is imposing a future on people that are aspiring to do something good with their lives," a female student at the event said.

During the summer, Horne sued community colleges granting in-state tuition to young migrants who are not citizens. DREAMers say if Horne's lawsuit passes, their high school diplomas will become meaningless and they will not be able to afford paying out-of-state college tuition.

After burning their diplomas, young immigrants made burritos for Horne to show what kind of low-paying jobs they would have to return to if his lawsuit is successful.

Horne was not present so the students wrote him messages on paper plates.

"Sounds more like a dog and pony show, and I'm sure that they'll sign up and get a duplicate very quickly," Governor Jan Brewer said in response to the students burning their diplomas.

Horne's lawsuit is continuing to work its way through the courts.