PHOENIX — A judge has ruled two students can help the Maricopa County
Community College District defend itself against a lawsuit that seeks to block
the district’s policy of providing in-state tuition to young immigrants granted
deferred deportation by the Obama administration.
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Arthur Anderson granted a request by
community college students Abel Badillo and Bibiana Vasquez to become part of
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne’s lawsuit.
The students argued that they had interest in the lawsuit because they have
been given in-state tuition status and would have to pay more expensive
out-of-state tuition if the state wins the case.
Opponents of the policy said that extending reduced tuition to those youths
violates a state law that prohibits any immigrant without legal status from
receiving public benefits.