Regents consider lower tuition for ‘dreamers’

PHOENIX — The Arizona Board of Regents will start the process next month to see if there are ways that some illegal immigrant “dreamers’’ can qualify for lower tuition than they now have to pay.

A 2006 voter-approved measure spells out that anyone who is not a citizen or legal resident who wants to attend a state university must pay the higher out-of-state

Rick Myers, the board’s chairman, said that has pretty much tied the hands of universities.

But Myers said last year’s decision by the Obama administration to grant “deferred action’’ to some illegal immigrants may provide a legal basis for the board to decide that these students can qualify for some rate higher than resident tuition but less than what those from other states are charged.

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joe... on Sat, 03/16/2013 - 7:15am

Why? The entire nasty immigration issue aside, there is a 2-tiered fee system
for a reason - money. Arizona money is used to help Arizonians get an
education. Go to any other state and their money is used to reduce costs for
their citizens. If we change the rules for the poor undocumented or terrible
criminal illegals (everyone seems to have a different word for them I no
longer know what the acceptable term is. ) then what about the kids from
other states who comes out here to go to ASU? Like the first group, they come
of their own free will. Like the first group, they aren’t legal residents or
citizens of AZ. Won’t be long until the lawyers say their tuition is too
expensive. Then your kids will either end up paying the extra 17 grand a yaer
because the chances of the university dropping everyones rate to in-state is
about zero in infinity.

Buddy57 on Sun, 03/17/2013 - 7:04am

Why let “dreamers” go to college for lower tuition. Don’t you think some
AMERICANS are “dreamers” too? Just because they live out of state, they are
discrimated against? You guys voted HIM back in office knowing what he was
planning on doing. The illegal “dreamers” dont deserve it. They don’t pay
taxes, get most everything for FREE, and if they go to college, do you even
think they will pay back the tuition??? What a joke.

logodle on Sun, 03/17/2013 - 8:04am

Illegal is illegal!

SweetStuff on Sun, 03/17/2013 - 4:13pm

My ancestors all signed the guest book and paid their taxes, worked their
butts off when they came here. Why not give “dreamers” a break? Because they
are breaking the law. I mean hey, Bernie Madoff is a dreamer, too. Let’s give
him a break. Folks you do a disservice to all those who came over during WW1
and WW2 and fought for our country because they wanted to be free. They
believed in America. They fought for it, they paid for it, and believed in
it. What have these “dreamers” done? Not much that makes me think they
deserve a tuition break over a legal citizen.

Just The Three of Us on Tue, 03/19/2013 - 8:37am

Since it’s illegal for the university to demand proof of citizenship, if I
were someone who just wanted a cheaper rate I’d just declare myself an
‘undocumented immigrant.’ They can’t very well argue with the applicant and
ask them to ‘prove’ it. And if they did, and I were that applicant, I’d see
them in court.

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