Some DACA illegal aliens think it will now be impossible to attend college, and that their seats will be left empty.
In a unanimous agreement, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled that the existing state and federal laws prohibit the Maricopa Community Colleges from granting in-state tuition to illegal aliens.
The DACA program has been in place since June 15, 2012. It allowed prosecutorial discretion to defer deportation, and since that time illegal aliens have been given more privileges that infringe on the opportunities usually reserved for citizens.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program ended after Congress failed to come to an agreement on immigration reform. Obama implemented the unconstitutional practice by executive order, after lying to Americans during the campaign that he would not issue amnesty. President Trump offered a plan to save the Obama-era policy, in exchange for border wall funding.
Under the direction of Ben Carson, the Department of Housing and Urban Development will cooperate with the Trump administration to combat illegal immigration. He will ensure that federal contracting opportunities will be given to Americans, and work with the Department of Justice to enforce immigration laws.
Since the current administration has made it clear that illegal immigration is a priority, more public officials have come forward seeking action. The National Sheriff’s Association petitioned Congress to act, with 400 sheriffs demanding that lawmakers support the President’s immigration agenda.
In Maricopa Community Colleges alone, over 2,000 DACA recipients currently pay in-state rates. After the ruling, they may only pay a rate slightly higher than they were. In 2015, the Arizona Board of Regents approved a rate for non-residents who are Arizona high school graduates. At a rate of 150 percent of in-state tuition, illegal aliens will still pay far less than the out-of-state tuition that is triple that of in-state fees.
Karina Ruiz, president of the Arizona Dream Act Coalition, claims that this makes paying for college “almost impossible” for illegal aliens. DACA does not allow access to federal or state financial aid.
Considering the wide range of tuition prices in higher education, college is still affordable even for those who pay out-of-state tuition, particularly when compared to the rates at a prestigious institution.
Korina Iribe, DACA recipient and director of a student advocacy group, said that the ruling will result in fewer students at universities and colleges. She believes that graduate school could be too expensive now.
Acceptance rates at universities are very low, and with American students clamoring to get into school, it is unlikely that meritorious schools will see a drop in attendance. Graduate programs are even more difficult to get into, and fewer illegals mean more opportunities for American students.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said that his job is to follow the law, and the office of the Attorney General has maintained that colleges and universities were violating the laws by granting in-state tuition to illegal aliens.
Previously, voters approved Proposition 300, a measure that requires legal immigration status to receive public benefits and specifically includes in-state tuition. The new order to end in-state tuition benefits for DACA does leave an opening for in-state fees for Arizona high school graduates
Illegal aliens should not be allowed to benefit from public resources. Many would agree that this should include welfare benefits and in-state tuition. Should entrance to a state university require non-citizens to provide some level of worthiness in order to displace an American student? The O-1 visa is for individuals who possess extraordinary ability.
In 2014, three-quarters of working-aged DACA individuals were working and 1 out of 4 workers was also in college. Of the approximately 1.2 million DACA eligible population, only about 5 percent have completed a 4-year degree.
DACA students believe that this is a “personal assault” that denies progress in ‘their’ nation. The sentiment of illegal aliens is touching, unless you are an American student who was denied entry into a university that has been allowing non-citizens to pay in-state tuition.
Not only have illegal aliens benefited at the expense of American students, but up until now, it was cheap.
The decision to rescind in-state tuition fees for illegal aliens is effective immediately.
Paying more money does not guarantee American students are prioritized in their state educational system. Build the wall, and secure the future for generations of American students. Immigrants might want the same for their American born children.