- The Washington Times - Monday, April 9, 2018

The Arizona Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that illegal-immigrant “Dreamers” will have to pay out-of-state tuition rates.

In a 7-0 decision, the justices ruled that Maricopa Community Colleges aren’t allowed to grant in-state tuition rates to illegal immigrants protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals 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.

Mr. Brnovich noted that in 2006, Arizona voters passed Proposition 300, declaring illegal immigrants ineligible for in-state tuition and other state benefits.

According to the immigrant-rights group Mi Familia Vota, the decision will impose huge costs on DACA beneficiaries.

“Out-of-state #tuition rates are TRIPLE the cost than what you pay in-state. This creates a barrier to education for #Dreamers who want to go to college or attend a university,” the group said on Twitter.

The decision also bars in-state tuition being offered to DACA recipients at three other Arizona public universities — Arizona State University, the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University.

• Victor Morton can be reached at vmorton@washingtontimes.com.

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