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Monday, November 15, 2010

California court rules for immigrants

Posted By on Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 1:37 PM

The California Supreme Court has upheld in-state tuition rates for illegal immigrants. You'll recall that Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. Joyce Elliott and other compassionate souls have argued for in-state tuition rates for graduates of Arkansas high schools, notwithstanding that they may have entered the country without proper documents with their parents years ago.

Some, like Gov. Beebe, have attempted to avoid taking sides on the hot topic by saying federal law prohibits such favoritism for immigrants based on residency. (But it is not illegal to give a Texan an in-state rate at many Arkansas universities, they also argue. Go figure.)

The learned California Supreme Court begs to differ with the learned governor:

In a ruling written by Justice Ming W. Chin, one of the panel's more conservative members, the state high court said a California law that guarantees the lower tuition for students who attend California high schools for at least three years and graduate does not conflict with a federal prohibition on giving illegal immigrants educational benefits based on residency.

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