RaceWire: So Much for States’ Rights

RaceWire (9/17/08)

So Much for States’ Rights

For years, California has allowed undocumented students who have met stringent requirements to pay in-state tuition at all state colleges and universities. This week a California State Court of Appeal ruled this week that the law can be reviewed in court and possibly struck down if the court finds the bill to be in violation of federal law. The plaintiffs, ironically, are out-of-state students claiming that they were wronged for having to pay out-of-state tuition.I say ironic for two reasons. It’s clear that the intent of this lawsuit is to punish the undocumented, not to redress any financial hardship placed on California’s out-of-state students. The attorney for the plaintiffs stated, “This is going to bring a halt to the law that has been giving in-state tuition to illegal immigrants.” He made no mention of the good it would do his clients. There probably isn’t any, they won’t get refunds. It should also be noted that the attorney, Kris Kobach, has made an entire career of making life difficult for the documented and undocumented immigrant alike.


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