STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Martin Quezada, D-Avondale (District 13), recently sent a letter to the members of the Arizona Board of Regents encouraging them to join the Maricopa Community College District in offering in-state tuition for students who have successfully entered the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” program.
“These students have proven that they are contributing members of our society. If they are granted deferred action, we know that they were brought here as children and that they are embracing America’s ideals of service and education,” Quezada said in the letter.
Additionally, Quezada said offering in-state tuition to students in the program would support ABOR’s mission.
“I strongly believe in the ABOR mission of ‘ensuring access for residents of Arizona to undergraduate and graduate institutions,’ and your ability to ‘provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues,’ as your vision suggests,” he wrote. “With your support the entire system could become a symbol of hope for these students and provide uniform and assured access to higher education.”
The “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” program allows certain young people, who were brought into the country as children, who are not a risk to national security or public safety, and who meet other criteria, to be considered for temporary relief from deportation. For more information on the program and a list of eligibility criteria, go to http://www.dhs.gov/news/2012/06/15/secretary-napolitano-announces-deferred-action-process-young-people-who-are-low.