State of California Hikes Tuition on Citizens, Exempts Illegal Immigrants

Kirsters Baish| Last month, the University of California’s system voted to raise all tuition costs for out-of-state students by roughly $1,000. The most screwed up part? That same tuition hike doesn’t apply to illegal immigrants. It was reported by the College Fix that the system’s board of regents collectively approved the proposal which would increase out-of-state tuition by exactly $978 with a 12-3 vote. Illegal aliens are able to skate around the extra $1,000 charge by enrolling themselves as in-state students, which doesn’t make much sense to most of us since they aren’t even in-country students.

UC spokeswoman Clair Doan explained to the Fix, “All students — regardless of immigration status — are subject to the same tuition and fee structures, based on their residency status.”

It is mandated by the California Assembly Bill 540 that all illegal immigrant students are able to take advantage of obtaining in-state tuition costs if they go to high school in the state of California for at least three years. They are also required to graduate with their high school diploma.

Ira Mehlman, a Federation for American Immigration Reform spokesman, spoke to the Daily Caller News Foundation, stating, “It’s really incumbent upon Congress to close that loophole now that it’s exposed.”

Colleges don’t ask students about their immigration status, however, public schools are prohibited by the constitution from denying and K-12 student from free public education based on their immigration status. This ruling was made in 1982 after the Supreme Court ruled on the Plyler v. Doe case.

Western Journal reported: