Monday, November 15, 2010

California court upholds in-state tuition for illegal immigrants

Court upholds in-state tuition for illegal immigrants


California's law allowing illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at public colleges and universities was upheld by the California Supreme Court today.

In a 28-page ruling, the state's highest court overturned a lower court ruling that said the law, known as AB 540, unfairly favors illegal immigrants who live in California over American citizens who live outside the state. Out-of-state tuition at University of California is more than $20,000 more per year than it is for state residents.

The seven justices of the Supreme Court agreed that the law treats all people the same, regardless of their citizenship status, as long as they meet certain criteria, such as attending high school in California for at least three years.

Here is the Supreme Court's decision:

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