By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times
The Arizona Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether “dreamers” who the federal government has allowed to remain in the country are eligible to pay the same reduced tuition as other Arizona residents.
In a brief order Tuesday, the justices said they want to hear arguments from both the Maricopa County Community College District which has granted in-state tuition and Attorney General Mark Brnovich who contends they are not. The justices did not set a date for a hearing or give any indication of what they are thinking.
But Tuesday’s order is, for the moment, a victory for the college and students in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. It means the justices will review last year’s ruling by the state Court of Appeals that a 2006 voter-approved law makes the lower resident tuition off limits to them.
What the justices decide will have implications beyond just the Maricopa colleges.