AZ Regents grant illegals in-state university tuition

ABOR and Superior Court judge reward illegality in Arizona

With this May 7 announcement, the Arizona Board of Regents reversed previous policy and will now allow illegal alien students to pay lower in-state tuition rates instead of  non-resident rates.

There was not a single voice raised in dissent. The Regents’ vote was unanimous.

This new policy, granting foreign nationals lower tuition than your Arizona-born niece who has grown up in California and wants to attend Arizona State University, is a farce.

On April 21 we posted AZ Board of Regents: Double talk on tuition, noting in-state tuition for illegals provided another costly incentive for the illegal hordes invading the U.S. Just days ago, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Arthur Anderson unilaterally ruled in direct contradiction of Arizona voters* that students in possession of work visas under Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order, are eligible for the lower in-state rate.

“Federal law, not state law, determines who is lawfully present in the U.S. The circumstance under which a person enters the U.S. does not determine that person’s lawful presence here,” Anderson haughtily opined. Judge Anderson’s decision will save the illegals thousands of dollars a year. ASU in-state basic tuition rates are $10,157 this year. Out-of-state students pay $24,503.  (Full cost schedule here).

By executive order in 2012, Barack Obama provided illegal aliens work authorization and other benefits if they qualified for “deferred action” as “childhood arrivals” (DACA) under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012. An additional executive order announced on Nov. 20, 2014, extended deferred action benefits to “childhood arrivals” regardless of age, and to illegal parents of U.S. citizens or legal permanent resident children (DAPA). Implementation of the second executive order has been temporarily enjoined by Federal judge Andrew Hanen of the Southern District of Texas.

Obviously, there is no way to substantiate age at entry claims, which is why forged and counterfeit birth certificates constitute a big business.

According to a report in the daily, Regent’s Chairman Mark Killian was quoted as breezily saying, “Let’s move forward and get our kids educated in Arizona.” The “kids” Killian so warmly describes as “our(s)” are actually the responsibility of their foreign national parents. 

This decision comes on the heels of Killian‘s April 10, statement that included a condemnation of the “reality of $100 million in budget cuts that went far beyond expectations has made it considerably harder to balance university budgets. While we will focus on efficiency and realigning our strategic plan for long-term sustainability, these cuts have real impact on our students, and result in $1,000 less per student from the state. We must take into account the harsh reality of the magnitude of these cuts that may result in reductions in positions, programming and services as well as increased costs for students. “

Arizona taxpayers will ultimately be on the hook to ante up those increased costs, while our actual children will be forced to compete for college placement with those Mark Killian has foolishly concluded are also “ours.”


*In 2006, Arizona voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 300, 71 to 29 percent. Among its provisions was the prohibition of those without proof of legal residency being classified as in-state students and receiving state and federal financial aid or in-state tuition.


19 Responses to AZ Regents grant illegals in-state university tuition

  1. American Dad says:

    Obviously our laws don’t matter to the elites. Proposition 300 had extensive support including many American Hispanics in Arizona who voted for its passage. Obama’s illegitimate executive amnesty rates higher with the AZ Board of Regents and Judge Arthur Anderson. Remember his name when it appears on the judicial retention ballot. Voting him out is the best option we have since we can’t vote FOR judges in Maricopa County.

  2. Arizona Conservative Guy says:

    This montage shows Obama declaring 25 times he could not change the immigration laws on his own. He said, “I’m the president of the United States not the Emperor of the United States.” He said “Ultimately our nation, like all nations, has the right and obligation too control its borders and set laws for residency and citizenship.” Then the deceitful, supposed Constitutional scholar, did just the opposite.

  3. azgary says:

    there is no political party and few politicians who side with American citizens over illegal foreign invaders and the chambers of commerce.

    this is the only true issue of importance out there facing us in all elections, we must insist candidates say they will kick illegals out of the country and if the will not state it plainly, regardless of part we must not vote for them.

    the amnesty in the 80’s turned California into a blue state, the amnesty wanted by republicans and democrats alike (including az’s u.s. reps) will be turning the entire nation blue.

    amnesty destroys fully our country and creates a permanent democrat voting majority, and if any of you vote for these amnesty tools, by whatever name or scheme they use, you too are voting for the end of the country and permanent democrat rule, choosing illegals over your fellow citizens and your country.

  4. ZOO says:

    How can this frigging judge and the BOR force this when Obama’s DACA and DAPA are frozen and under review in the 5th Circuit Court? Ducey has already issued a token “will of the voters” argument as a smokescreen but is willing to cave on the issue – of course. Supposedly AG Mark Brnovich is considering a challenge to Anderson’s decision. We need to call his office and demand that he does so. (602) 542-5025 – I just finished calling.

    • State Delegate says:

      If Attorney General Mark Brnovich refuses to appeal this outrageous Superior Court decision, he gives Arizona Republicans a chance to reassess his claims of having conservative principles and he‘ll be a one termer. Those who pay attention know he was an establishment recruit and his campaign endorsements made it clear he was a subordinate of the McKyl/McMontgomery wing of the AZ GOP. This judicial overreach gives him the opportunity to show us who and what actually motivates him.

      • Frankly Speaking says:

        You need to think this through. Brnovich’s wife is a Superior Court judge who serves on the same Maricopa County bench as Judge Arthur Anderson. Hoping for a challenge from Brnovich is a fool’s errand. These days it’s important to know about the jobs candidate’s spouses hold.

  5. azgary says:

    Immigrants in the U.S. have experienced vastly more job growth than native-born Americans since the beginning of the recession, according to not seasonally adjusted data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    Since the beginning of the recession in December of 2007 — said to have ended in June 2009 — the foreign-born population has seen a much greater net employment growth than native-born Americans.

    In December 2007 the number of foreign-born workers was 22,810,000. By April 2015, the number had increased to 24,819,000 or a net job growth of more than 2 million.

    For native-born workers that number in December 2007 was 123,524,000 by April of this year the number of employed native-born Americans was 123,769,000 or a net job growth of 245,000.

    The month of April marks the first month since the end of the recession where native-born Americans had more jobs than they did prior to the recession.

    As Breitbart News has reported, in previous months net job growth since the recession had gone entirely to immigrants, with native-born Americans experiencing a net job loss.

  6. Ellsworth says:

    Regent Chair Mark Killian was already on record saying he supported giving in-state tuition to illegals. That’s not much of a surprise. He’s promoting his own religion’s bias in favor of illegal Hispanics who are the object of massive proselytizing efforts by the LDS Church.

    Hispanics are now the fastest growing ethnic group in the denomination. That’s why the LDS Church has issued a statement that calls on members not to be judgmental on those who have what is coyly referred to as “undocumented status.”

    But the LDS Doctrine and Covenants (134.6) which take precedence to politically correct babble calls upon the faithful to respect the governmental authority of the land in which they live. Regent Killian should review the law and his Church teachings. What he supports is ILLEGAL

  7. cadillac25 says:

    Perhaps this move is a prelude to disallowing illegals from getting a failing grade in any class, regardless whether they don’t study, don’t pass tests, don’t attend classes. That would only be fair . . .

  8. EdMcK101 says:

    I guess I just don’t get the animus some folks have toward these young people. They were brought here at a very young age by their parents; what is the point of trying to marginalize them when it’s fairly certain that they will never be deported. Not trying to antagonize anyone here, but if Arizona voters approved a Proposition approving slavery, should we accept that as law?. I think the regents did the right thing. Just my two cents.

    • Matt DeGennaro says:

      Are you living in a bubble inflated with leftist helium? First of all, no one has any idea whether illegals came here at age 3 or yesterday, and it no longer matters since Obama changed the DACA requirements, extending deferred action benefits to “childhood arrivals” REGARDLESS OF AGE!! And the illegal parents of U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident children? Under DAPA, they are welcome, too. then factor in family reunification and chain migration, which allows the entire clan in Mexico or Honduras or wherever a free ride to America on the backs of the children the illegals had here. Don’t you think our sovereign nation has a right to enforceable borders and the rule of law should be obeyed?

      And with your back of the hand dismissal of the voters who supported Prop. 300, I can only assume you think the vote of the people means so little we should do way with elections entirely? Shall we open the floodgates to all comers?

      Did you see this article today? Most jobs in this still sour economy are going to “immigrants.’ Don’t you think Americans should be the ones getting American jobs? The “immigrants,” willing to take smaller salaries are displacing native born Americans who are still experiencing record unemployment. Thank the Chambers of Commerce.

    • ZOO says:

      These “young people” are as legally illegal as their parents. Do you feel it is fair to charge out-of-state tuition to an American citizen from Kansas, but give in-state tuition to an illegal alien from Mexico? Your comparison to Prop 300 passed by voters in 2006 to “slavery” outs you as a, pardon me, hopeless liberal.

      The catastrophic affects of mass illegal immigration on the U.S. could fill up this column for weeks and the annual costs to tax payers is an astronomical non-necessity. To ground your ‘come one come all’ attitude in reality I would recommend watching this video that has been posted many times over the years.

    • azgary says:

      you are choosing the well being of illegals over that of American citizens and the creation of a permanent democrat voting majority, thus ending America.

      btw youre goofy analogy with slavery just proves you to be a douchebag

      • azgary says:

        sorry SRAZ if my calling another poster a “douchebag” is against the rules.

        I know I stretch the boundaries here sometimes but the comments made by EdMcK101 needed to be quashed.

        everything given to a foreigner is taken from an American (and creating a democrat voter), remember that

      • Seeing Red AZ says:

        No apology needed, azgary. Your word choice works just fine in this context.

  9. Conservative Since Birth says:

    The only thing I can add is that this is an outrage. I’ll make note of the above names (Anderson/Brnovich) for the next election. Illegals are making inroads like never before, thanks to Obama and the Republicans in this state. Really – it’s no different than being “governed” by Democrats. We taxpayers are second class citizens. What we want (the rule of law) isn’t what they want. It’s getting worse by the day.

  10. Midnight Ride says:

    Doug Ducey appoints the Board of Regents and is an ex-officio member. Will he use that leverage to get them to reverse course? I doubt it. He is an amnesty supporter and a McCain puppet. For all we know he backed the proposal himself.

  11. SmallGovt. says:

    Where is the Governor on this issue and can he just say NO?