In-State Tuition for Dreamers at Arizona's Public Universities

Some undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as minors will now qualify for in-state tuition at Arizona's three public universities, the state's Board of Regents decided late last week. On Thursday, the board voted unanimously to direct the state's public institutions to grant in-state status to anyone accepted into the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program if they meet other residency requirements, The Arizona Daily Star reported.

The decision came two days after Judge Arthur Anderson of the Maricopa County Superior Court upheld a similar policy at Maricopa Community Colleges. The ruling stated that DACA recipients are not subject to the 2006 voter-approved law which requires those not in the country legally to pay out-of-state tuition.

While Judge Anderson's decision set a precedent for Maricopa County only, it clearly spurred the regents into action, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

"We had a judge in Superior Court look at the statute, which is exactly on point and is the statute we follow, and interpret it to say DACA students qualify for in-state tuition," said Greg Patterson, a regent. "I see no way that we could then . . . question the authority of this judge to interpret this statute."


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