Latino civil rights organization sues in Georgia for in-state tuition for deferred action students
The Mexican American Defense and Educational Fund filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday against the University System of the Georgia regents and university officials for refusing to allow immigrants with deportation deferrals to pay in-state tuition.
“In an era when too many purported leaders maliciously target hardworking immigrants prepared to contribute to our nation’s future success, this Georgia university policy is antithetical to the state’s own interests,” said Thomas A. Saenz, MALDEF President and #General Counsel. “The policy is also unlawful, and this suit promises to reopen the doors of higher education to some of the state’s best and brightest students.”
The system’s board of regents has decided that students awarded deportation deferrals through the 2012 Deferred Action through Childhood Arrivals program, known by the acronym DACA, are not lawfully present.
Under federal law, deferred action recipients are lawfully present and permitted to remain in the United States for a certain period of time during which they may be granted federal employment authorization and a #Social Security number.
MIAMI – MARCH 12: A sign with the words, ” We have dreams too!”, lays on a chair after a press conference to announce The American Dream Act March 12, 2007 at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. The bill, if passed in the United States Congress, would allow for undocumented immigrant students to obtain in-state tuition as well as permit those students, along with those serving in the military, to obtain a green card and legally remain in the United States. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)2007 Getty Images
The civil rights group Mexican American Defense and Educational Fund has filed a federal lawsuit against the University System of the Georgia regents and university officials for refusing to allow immigrants with deportation deferrals to pay in-state tuition.