Supreme Court order on California immigrant tuition rates could affect other states' policies

Townhall.com Staff
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Posted: Jun 09, 2011 11:29 AM
Supreme Court order on California immigrant tuition rates could affect other states' policies
Reporting from Los Angeles and Washington— The U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing California to continue granting reduced, in-state tuition to college students who are illegal immigrants is likely to bolster similar proposals across the nation, as well as a California measure to provide financial aid for the undocumented.

The high court's action Monday upholds a California Supreme Court ruling last year that said the state's policy is legal because it grants in-state tuition on the basis of students' graduation from California high schools, not on their citizenship. A conservative immigration-law group appealed the decision, arguing that the discount — worth as much as $23,000 annually at University of California schools — was preferential treatment that violated federal law.