Monday, January 09, 2017

In challenge to Trump, California lawmaker seeks expansion of in-state tuition for immigrants in the U.S. illegally

The L.A. Times reports:
In another challenge to the immigration crackdown proposed by President-elect Donald Trump, a California lawmaker proposed Thursday to greatly expand the number of students in the country illegally who can get discounted, in-state resident tuition at state universities.

“Despite national rhetoric, California remains resolute in integrating the most vulnerable into our society,” said state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), the bill’s author.

A 2001 law provides in-state tuition if immigrants in the country illegally attend three years of school and get a high school diploma. Otherwise, they face more costly tuition charged to students from out of the country.

With a recent spike in unaccompanied minors coming into the country, the new bill would help the young person who arrives at age 16 and can only attend high school for two years, including those who do not graduate.
We encourage all out of state students going to any of the University of California system schools to sue California for denial of their 14th Amendment rights to "equal protection under the law". Why should an illegal get lower tuition than a U.S. citizen grew up out of state?