Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The Latino Times reports that noncitizens granted status under the Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals program have sued the state of Georgia for not allowing them to pay resident fees for the state's public unuversities. The plaintiffs argue that the state is not following its own tuition policy: "The federal government says people granted that benefit are legally present in the U.S. Being in the U.S. legally is what Georgia's in-state tuition policy requires."
According to Professor Michael Olivas, Georgia will likely lose the legal battle. He cited the wording in the Board of Regents' in-state tuition policy, which says noncitizens aren't eligible for the benefit unless they are "legally in this state." "The arithmetic on this is very easy," said Olivas. "I have never seen such a clear-cut case."