Arizona’s high court hears appeal on ‘dreamers’ tuition

Members and supporters of Scholarships A-Z rallied in 2012 in support of allowing DACA students to pay in-state tuition./Ron Medvescek / Arizona Daily Star 2012

By Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services via Arizona Daily Star

An appellate court ruling denying in-state tuition to “dreamers” is based on a flawed reading of the law, the attorney for Maricopa colleges contends.

In new legal papers, Mary O’Grady said the Court of Appeals wrongfully conflated restrictions in a 2006 voter-approved law, about services available to people not here legally, with what even the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said is the legal status of those in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Put simply, she argued to the Arizona Supreme Court, the federal government considers DACA recipients to be “lawfully present,” even if they have no legal immigration status.


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