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Questions from Arizona justices suggest skepticism over DACA tuition breaks

Erika Andiola, the leader of Arizona DREAM Coalition, spoke at a rally in front of the Arizona Supreme Court advocating DACA recipients’ rights for in-state tuition rates. /Photo by Olivia Anderson/Cronkite News

 

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Daily Star

A claim that “dreamers” are entitled to the same lower tuition as other Arizona residents drew a skeptical response Monday by several justices of the state Supreme Court.

Attorney Mary O’Grady, who represents the Maricopa community colleges, argued that students in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program have the federal government’s “authorization” to be in this country.

“They may live here, they may work here, they go to school here,” she told the high court. “Through DACA, the federal government has authorized these students to continue their productive lives here in this country.”

But the justices said it’s nowhere near as clear as O’Grady suggests.

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