Arizona Supreme Court rules against in-state tuition for DACA students

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Monday's order is not a major surprise.

Under DACA, Gallardo was able to pay in-state tuition at Phoenix College which she said was $980 for a full semester with four classes. Immigrant advocacy groups say the higher tuition rates could prove crippling for DACA students, leading fewer to enroll in college.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpChinese president vows to "significantly lower" auto import tariff amid trade dispute McConnell sends warning over nomination votes Kudlow confronted over attacks on Obama deficit after rejecting CBO's projections on Trump budget MORE announced previous year he was ending the DACA program, setting a deadline of March 5 for Congress to pass a law giving permanent benefits to DACA recipients. A student who attended an Arizona high school for at least three years, graduated from an Arizona high school and is "lawfully present" in the state is eligible for a tuition rate of 150 percent of in-state tuition. In the meantime, undocumented students will start to come to terms with what the ruling means for their education. By contrast, tuition and mandatory fees for those who started at UA past year is $12,228. Since 2015, DACA recipients in Arizona have paid in-state tuition at Maricopa Community Colleges, Northern Arizona University, Arizona State University, and the University of Arizona.

But this policy, if enacted, could result in further litigation. The ruling will place a much greater financial burden on undocumented students hoping to attend an Arizona college.

"The board continues to hope that soon, a congressional enactment will establish the lawful status and presence of those who were brought to this country unlawfully as children and have remained here as law-abiding members of our communities", Ridenour said.

That comes down to the nature of DACA.

And despite the best efforts of immigrant-rights activists, Congress has yet to hold a vote on a Dream Act that would allow a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in the U.S. In an Easter tweet, Trump declared that "DACA is dead". The law "requires that a state or local governmental entity that is responsible for administering "state and local public benefits that are not federally mandated" must: - verify the identity and eligibility for each applicant for the public benefits. - provide other state and local government employees with information to verify immigration status of applicants applying for public benefits and must also assist other state and local government employees in obtaining immigration status information from federal immigration authorities". 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 addition to its cruelty, the ruling makes no sense given that DACA recipients can legally drive and work in Arizona", Falcon said.

Tom Horne, then the attorney general, filed suit.

"We are disappointed with the Arizona Supreme Court's decision today", Matt Hasson, the district's communications director, said in an email. Other community colleges also have instituted similar policies.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said he wasn't surprised by the ruling, as he had previously maintained state colleges and universities were violating state and federal laws by granting in-state tuition to DACA recipients. But this ruling by the Arizona Supreme Court doubles the tuition cost for DACA recipients.

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