AG: Arizona court rejects in-state tuition for immigrants

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Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich says the state Supreme Court has ruled unanimously for the state in a case involving a community college district that backs lower in-state tuition for immigrant students. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich says the state Supreme Court has ruled unanimously for the state in a case involving a community college district that backs lower in-state tuition for immigrant students. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich says the state Supreme Court has ruled unanimously for the state in a case involving a community college district that backs lower in-state tuition for immigrant students.

[RELATED: In-state tuition for DACA students case to be heard Monday]

Brnovich said on Twitter that the court's full written opinion is expected by May 14, 2018.

The high court heard arguments last week in the case affecting recipients of the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA.

The hearing involved an effort by the Maricopa County Community Colleges District to overturn a 2017 state Court of Appeals ruling that found young immigrants in the program aren't eligible for lower in-state tuition.

Many young people covered by the DACA program, known as Dreamers, have said they'll have to drop out of school without the lower tuition.

"Without a doubt, the Arizona Supreme Court’s decision today is a setback for DACA students," Arizona Board of Regents Chairman Bill Ridenour wrote in a statement. "The Arizona Board of Regents has consistently called on Congress and President Trump to work together to design and provide relief for these students within the overall approach to immigration enforcement and reform."

Edder Diaz Martinez is one of roughly 2,000 Arizona DACA recipients currently paying in-state tuition rates to go to college.

Martinez is set to graduate from ASU in May and said he could never have afforded to go to college if he was forced to pay the higher rates.

"This country has said go and do it the right way, go and get an education," said Diaz Martinez. "But this decision goes completely against that. It says we're going to put education out of your reach and you're not going to be able to move up."

In state ASU students currently pay $10,640 a year. Out of state students pay $26,470 a year.

Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) released the following statement in response to the Arizona Supreme Court’s decision to strike down in-state tuition benefits for Dreamers:

“The Arizona Supreme Court decision issued today will slam the door on thousands of Arizona students who want nothing more than to pursue an education. These Dreamers grew up attending Arizona schools, and want to pursue careers that will give back to Arizona’s communities and boost our economy. But thanks to today’s decision, they will now have to pay triple what their classmates pay in order to achieve those goals – meaning many may not have the ability to attend college at all. This is a terrible blow to Arizona Dreamers who want nothing more than to pursue their American dreams.

“Donald Trump’s cruel decision to end the DACA program has put Dreamers lives as they know them on the line, and each day that passes they are at greater risk. It’s more critical than ever that Speaker Ryan allow an immediate vote on the bipartisan DREAM Act.”

[PDF: Statement from Arizona Board of Regents  Bill Ridenour]

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