Arizona AG comments on state supreme court decision to deny in-state college tuition to DACA recipients

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 6, 2018

PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich recently announced that the Arizona Supreme Court unanimously held that Maricopa County Community College District cannot grant in-state tuition benefits to DACA recipients.

"While people can disagree what the law should be, I hope we all can agree that the attorney general must enforce the law as it is, not as we want it to be,” Brnovich said in a statement. "As Attorney General, my duty is to uphold the law and the will of more than 1 million voters who passed Proposition 300 in 2006." 

Proposition 300, which was passed with 71.4 percent of the vote in 2006, holds that state-funded services and benefits can only be given to individuals who have legal status. These services and benefits include in-state tuition and financial aid.

Arizona’s Supreme Court reviewed the Maricopa County Community College in-state tuition case and focused solely on the issue of whether DACA recipients who are lawfully present in the country can receive in-state tuition.

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