Republicans push to grant Arizona ‘Dreamers’ in-state tuition. ‘A great move,’ says Darius Amiri, immigration law chair at Rose Law Group

Opinion: Why would anyone in the Legislature want to block voters from deciding whether undocumented immigrants should qualify for in-state tuition?

By Laurie Roberts | Arizona Republic

Arizona voters may get the chance next year to make it possible for certain undocumented immigrants to go to college, thanks to … a pair of Republicans?

GOP Reps. Michelle Udall and Joel John joined with Democrats last week to do an end run on House Speaker Rusty Bowers, a move so swift that I imagine he’s still feeling the breeze around his ears.

As a result, the Arizona House could vote as early as Monday on a proposal asking voters to allow certain undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition at the state’s community colleges and universities.

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“This bipartisan move to allow Arizona Dreamers the opportunity to attend higher education in Arizona at in-state tuition levels is a great move and hopefully a sign on a broader, national level of the willingness to reach across party lines on efforts and agendas that are highly popular, such as the fate of our nation’s Dreamers.”

Darius Amiri, Rose Law Group Immigration Law Dept. Chair

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