MIAMI (AP) – U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore determined that students at Florida’s public colleges and universities cannot be charged higher out-of-state tuition simply because their parents are in the U.S. illegally. Judge Moore reasoned that the policy violates the equal protection clause of the Constitution by forcing those students to unfairly pay three times as much as Florida residents. Children born in this country are citizens whether or not their parents have legal immigration status.
Children of illegal immigrants have won similar battles in other states.
- NJ: U.S. student wrongly denied N.J. tuition grant because of mom’s immigration status
- CA: California Measure Allows Tuition Aid for Illegal Immigrants
- FL: US-born kids of illegal immigrants have right to Florida tuition
For full article see: New Jersey Herald – Judge rules for students in immigrant-tuition suit.
- Florida and New Jersey Courts Aid Illegal Immigrants’ College-Bound Children (nytimes.com)
- Some in GOP seek new immigration tone (usatoday.com)