By now, you may have heard about the legal victory won by Maricopa in Superior Court yesterday*. Judge Arthur T. Anderson ruled in favor of our position that undocumented students who obtain Deferred Action, or federal “DACA” status, may be eligible for in-state tuition rates. Then-Attorney General Tom Horne disagreed with our position and filed the lawsuit against us in June 2013.
It is very satisfying for us to know that we had done the right thing, and to have a judge endorse our actions. But this is more than just a matter of winning a battle in court.
This decision is a victory for Maricopa as an institution that believes strongly in access to education for all. It removes a shadow of uncertainty from the educational futures of potentially thousands of students. And it is a victory for all ofMaricopa County, which will benefit from the labors of people who because of their college education are better equipped to be productive members of society.
As we go about the business of wrapping up the school year, I would like each of you to take just a moment to think about this decision and what our schools mean to the community. Thank you for all your hard work.
*Here is a link to an Associated Press article on the court decision: