The ruling is being hailed as a huge blow for immigration activists :
In a stunning win for the rule of law and our nation’s sovereignty, the Arizona Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s ruling that illegal immigrant students are ineligible for in-state tuition.
This ruling, which is being hailed as a huge blow for immigration activists in Arizona, affects over 2,000 undocumented immigrants who attend state and community colleges in Arizona and pay in-state tuition while doing so.
In-state students at Arizona State University will pay $9,834 for tuition next school year, while non-resident students pay $27,618 and residents pay $86 per credit hour at the Maricopa Community Colleges, compared with $241 for non-residents. But so-called Dreamers may be able to take advantage of a rule passed by the Arizona Board of Regents in 2015 that offers a lower tuition rate in 2015 meant for non-residents who are Arizona high school graduates.
BREAKING: AZ Supreme Court ends in-state tuition for #DACA recipients. Out-of-state #tuition rates are TRIPLE the cost than what you pay in-state. This creates a barrier to education for #Dreamers who want to go to college or attend a university: https://t.co/uZL7m3U3xe https://t.co/9o6kTsqaF7
— #DreamActNow (@MiFamiliaVota) April 9, 2018
This ruling comes at a time when colleges and universities around the nation have displayed blatant preferential treatment of undocumented students. In fact, many students in multiple states enjoy a lower tuition than those in the country illegally. And it’s not just tuition, “Dreamers” have a host of other financial help options which people here legally don’t have.
Try being a so-called "Dreamer" anywhere in Latin America. The only help they will give you is a tuition to jail and then deportation.
— al_waisman (@al_waisman) April 10, 2018
I’m not sure if many people here in the states realize this but in most Latin American nations if you are an illegal you just can’t go to school, period. Even if you are a minor and your legal adult guardians are willing to pay for private schooling at full price. But why is it that here illegals can come and we have to school them from grades k-12 for free and then even cut them a break for college?
Because they are deserving? Aren’t our legal citizens also deserving? And aren’t our legal citizens also “Dreamers?” Time to start putting our legal citizens first and this is a great start.
Here is more lunacy via Tru Jersey:
“Immigrants living in the country illegally will be eligible for a new scholarship program designed for low-income DREAMers, a philanthropy group announced this week.
TheDream.US program will offer scholarships to 2,000 undocumented immigrant students over the next decade, organizers announced. The group has already raised more than $25 million to fund the program, including donations from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Fernandez Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Under the current system, children brought into the U.S. illegally are permitted to attend K-12 schools and enroll in college. But, in most states, they must pay out-of-state tuition if they can’t prove they are citizens. They are also not eligible for federal financial aid, making college unaffordable for many students living in the country illegally.
“With support from our partner institutions and from civic leaders across the country, TheDream.US is building a new movement to remove these roadblocks and make higher education a reality for thousands of undocumented immigrants. We’re making a down payment on our country’s future by helping these young Americans achieve the American Dream,” said Donald Graham, chief executive officer of the Graham Holdings Company and one of the program’s co-founders.
After years of debate, Gov. Chris Christie recently signed a law that makes students living in the country illegally eligible for in-state tuition at New Jersey colleges. But Christie did not support a provision that would have made students eligible for state financial aid to help pay their tuition.
Many of the students — who have been dubbed DREAMers, after the proposed federal DREAM Act that would open the federal financial aid system to them — say college is still out of their reach if they lack the money to pay tuition. But critics argue students living in the country illegally should not be eligible for the same scholarships, loans and grants offered to students living in the country legally.
At Rutgers University, for example, undergraduates students living in the country illegally would be required to pay the full $13,499 in annual tuition and fees this year, before the cost of room, board, books and other fees is added in.
To apply for TheDream.US scholarships, immigrant students must qualify for the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, must graduate from a U.S. high school or have a GED with the equivalent a 2.5 grade point average or higher, organizers said. Applicants must also show financial need and show the ability to succeed in an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program.
Twelve colleges have signed on as partners for the program. They are: the Borough of Manhattan Community College, Bronx Community College and Kingsborough Community College in New York; Miami Dade College in Florida; Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C.; El Paso Community College, South Texas College, University of Texas Pan American and University of Texas El Paso in Texas; Long Beach City College and California State University, Long Beach in California; and Mount Washington College, a national online college.
Nearly 40 scholarships have already been handed out. The amount of the scholarships will vary according to a student’s financial need, but could cover up to 100 percent of a student’s tuition, fees and book costs, organizers said. Students are eligible for an additional $1,000 to $2,000 for maintaining high grades.
In addition to Graham, the program’s co-founders are Democratic activist and philanthropist Henry R. Muñoz III and former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez.
“Absent the passage of the DREAM Act or other breakthrough in immigration policy, thousands of eager young people will be unable to achieve their academic dreams. We are not waiting for Washington to solve these challenges,” Gutierrez said.”
H/T The Washington Times