Tuesday, June 20, 2017

STATEMENT: Arizona Latino Legislative Caucus urges appeal of court decision preventing 'dreamers' from receiving in-state tuition

Contact: C. Murphy Hebert

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX - Leaders of the Arizona Latino Legislative Caucus released this statement after the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled that "dreamers" are not entitled to in-state tuition:

"Today's decision is a great disappointment. Dreamers have been granted deferred deportation status because they were brought here as children; some know no other home.  They have embraced our ideals of service, and the court's ruling will affect hundreds, possibility thousands, of students who are studying here. 

"The members of the Arizona Latino Legislative Caucus believe that our state is made stronger when those who are building lives here have access to affordable college. This decision is one step in a complex judicial process, and we hope the Maricopa County Community College District continues to seek justice for dreamers from the Arizona Supreme Court."

The bipartisan Arizona Latino Legislative Caucus has 17 members from both the state House and Senate. Members hold strategic leadership positions and promote legislation and policies that directly affect Latinos in Arizona. The caucus also encourages more Latinos to engage in the political process through public policy and community events.


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