The Supreme Court in Arizona, unanimously ruled Monday that illegal immigrant DACA-Students (“The Dreamers”) will have to pay out/of/state tuition rates. In a 7:0 decision the justices ruled that Maricopa Community Colleges are not allowed to grant “in state” tuition rates to illegal immigrants, protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The court upheld a previous 3:0 appeals court decision, that federal and state law do not give that power to the colleges, but to the state’s political branches.
“While people can disagree what the law should be, I hope we all can agree that the attorney general must enforce the law as it is, not as we want it to be,” Attorney General Mark Brnovich, said in a statement. He noted that in 2006, Arizona voters passed PROPOSITION 300, declaring illegal immigrants ineligible for “in state” tuition and other state benefits. According to the immigrantrights group “Mi Familia Vota” the decision will impose huge costs on DACA recipients.