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Arizona Regents Defy Court, Charge Illegals In-State Tuition

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Arizona State Universityby Adam Sabes, Campus Reform

Illegal immigrants will continue to receive in-state tuition at Arizona’s public universities, at least until the state’s Supreme Court addresses a recent decision banning the practice.

After the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was implemented in 2012, the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCP) began accepting “employment authorization certificates” issued by the US Department of Homeland Security as proof of residency for the purpose of applying in-state tuition rates, a practice that had initially been upheld by a trial court after the Arizona Attorney General’s office objected that it ran afoul of a ballot measure approved by voters in 2006.

“As Attorney General my job is to defend the law and not second guess the will of Arizona voters.”

The ruling issued recently by the Arizona Court of Appeals overturns that decision, but is already being appealed to the Arizona Supreme Court by MCCCP officials, according to The Arizona Republic.

“Until a decision is reached by the Arizona Supreme Court, the board will continue to provide in-state tuition to these students,” the Arizona Board of Regents declared in a statement, noting that it had voted on the decision in a special meeting convened specifically to address the latest legal developments.

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