Thursday, August 28, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

U.S. high court OKs in-state tuition for illegals

By
June 7, 2011 |

By Bob Egelko

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a challenge Monday to a California law granting college tuition discounts to high school graduates in the state, regardless of immigration status — a law that saves illegal immigrants, among others, nearly $23,000 a year at UC campuses.

The 2002 law, intended to encourage youths to attend college, enables illegal immigrants and out-of-state residents to pay the same lower fees as California residents if they attended high school for three years in the state and graduated.

At the University of California, in-state fees total $11,300 a year, while non-Californians pay $34,000. The savings are $11,160 a year at California State University and $4,400 a year at the community colleges.

A group of 42 out-of-state residents paying the higher fees at California colleges said in a 2005 lawsuit that the statute violated a 1998 federal immigration law. That law prohibits states from providing any benefits to illegal immigrants based on their in-state residence, unless the state makes the same benefits available to U.S. citizens elsewhere.

But the state Supreme Court unanimously upheld the law in November, ruling that the lower fees were based on immigrant students’ high school graduation, and not merely on their residence in California.

It was the first ruling in the nation to address such a law. Eleven other states have similar statutes.

The plaintiffs appealed to the nation’s high court, which is being drawn into the conflict over state and federal regulation of immigration.

Last month the court, in an Arizona case, allowed states to impose more severe penalties than the federal government on employers of illegal immigrants. On Monday the justices ordered a lower court to reconsider a law in Hazleton, Pa., prohibiting illegal immigrants from renting homes.

An Arizona law requiring police to examine immigration documents of people they arrest could reach the court next year.

The court denied review of the California case without comment.

“This is a good day for higher education and for California high school graduates,” said Ethan Schulman, UC’s lawyer in the case.

Of the 2,000 UC students paying lower tuition under the 2002 law, he said, about one-third are illegal immigrants, and the rest are U.S. citizens or legal residents who attended high school in California and now live elsewhere.

Michael Brady, a lawyer for the 42 plaintiffs, said the California statute “undermines … the federal law, which was intended to prevent illegal immigrants from getting in-state tuition.”

The case is Martinez vs. Regents of the University of California, 10-1029.

— Chronicle staff writer Nanette Asimov contributed to this report. Reach Bob Egelko at begelko@sfchronicle.com

Comments

comments

San Francisco Chronicle

.

News

School’s back, with gradual return to smaller classes

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
New live-work project approved for Del Rio Place

By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Marcy finds her place in the DHS Hall of Fame

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Testimony in Marsh trial starts Tuesday

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Lawmakers approve groundwater management bill

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Quake is major test for hard-luck city

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

 
For the record

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

Russian columns enter Ukraine

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Prospective foster parents welcome

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Davis Media Access: Get involved in community media

By Autumn Labbe-Renault | From Page: A4

 
‘Art of Acting’ offered at Senior Center

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Tai chi classes set at Davis Senior Center

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Do you have a project for the noon Rotary club?

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Learn about Girl Scouting at meeting

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Low-income Davis homeowners can save money and go green

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

Employee parking permits downtown streamlined

By Dave Ryan | From Page: A4

 
 
Museum wants your old Davis High School yearbooks

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

Stroll Through History highlights Beamer Park

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
All are welcome at monthly sing-along

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

Hosts sought to befriend international visitors

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
.

Forum

Lunch at the big table, again

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

 
Don’t let MRAP be a tool for bigger mistakes

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

Yes, mother’s milk is best

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

 
Tom Meyer cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

Perfectly good playground?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

 
Work on gun control instead

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

Military has too much money

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

 
Put flowers in our hair

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

Give cops the ability to protect

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

 
.

Sports

New attitude, new stadium for 2014 UCD field hockey

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Gould, Shaw won’t dwell on it, but Biggs remembers The Upset

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

No. 8 keeps Republic unbeaten streak at 8

By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
DHS boys look to win seventh soccer section title

By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Sports briefs: Aggie men ranked 11th in water polo poll

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

 
Dunning picks Cupcake Week

By Bob Dunning | From Page: B2

Youth roundup: Judges like what they see from Davis Diamonds

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

 
Baseball roundup: Huge inning helps Cats in Nashville

By Staff and wire reports | From Page: B8

.

Features

Local teacher and artist turns 100

By Lily Holmes | From Page: A10 | Gallery

 
100 years’ worth of stories

By Lily Holmes | From Page: A10 | Gallery

.

Arts

Well-known artist will be juror for exhibition

By Lily Holmes | From Page: A11

 
Outdoor art classes to close out summer

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

 
Ethereal dream pop to illuminate Sophia’s Thai Kitchen

By Anthony Siino | From Page: A11 | Gallery

 
.

Business

.

Obituaries

Margarita Elizondo

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A2

 
.

Comics

Comics: Thursday, August 28, 2014

By Creator | From Page: B6