Students plan protest of Prop.
The Arizona Daily Star
Apr. 24, 2007
Illegal entrants pay out-of-state college tuition
By Eric Swedlund
Tucson, Arizona | Published: http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/education/179817
college and high school students are using a planned May Day immigration
rally to renew protests against Proposition 300 and the negative impact they
say the law will have on thousands of students.
Passed by 70 percent of Arizona voters last November, the law prohibits
illegal immigrants from paying in-state tuition at public universities or
community colleges, or from receiving state financial aid.
law has "created Border Patrol checkpoints out of our academic
institutions," said Wesley Creigh, a Pima Community College student and
organizer of a Monday rally calling for college and high school students to
walk out next Tuesday to protest the implementation of Proposition 300.
law penalizes students who have lived nearly their entire lives in Arizona,
moving as young children when their families immigrated, Creigh said.
"They'll be pushed into the military and low-paying jobs, and be a more
exploitable work force as a result," Creigh said. "We don't want to support
this kind of discrimination and segregation in our schools."
the University of Arizona and Pima Community College have put implementation
plans in place, relying primarily on the Free Application for Federal
Student Aid to verify students are eligible to pay in-state tuition rates.
Continuing students who seek in-state tuition but don't have a FAFSA on file
are being notified that they must present other documents to prove they're
Nonresident tuition at the state's universities is about three times the
roughly $5,000 that in-state students pay, while out-of-state students at
Pima pay about five times what their in-state counterparts are charge in
bill predetermines students for failure," said Leilani Clark, a Tucson High
Magnet School student and member of MEChA — Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano
estimates 150,000 students statewide will be negatively affected by the law,
said Mark "Nacho" Bueno, a MEChA member who attends the UA.
are about 600,000 public college and university students in Arizona.
Colleges and universities have no formal estimates of the number of affected
students. The actual number may never be known, because the law requires
only that colleges and universities report the number of students denied
in-state tuition or state financial aid, and does not track those who drop
out in anticipation of denial or to conceal their immigration status.
May 1 rally will start at 8 a.m. at the Southgate Shopping Center, at South
Sixth Avenue and 44th Street. It will continue with a march to the Federal
Building Downtown and a noon rally at Armory Park.
Contact reporter Eric Swedlund at 573-4115 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.