Illegal Immigrants, In-State Tuition

On Monday the California Supreme Court ruled that illegal immigrants qualify for in-state tuition at California public colleges. According to an editorial in the Los Angeles Times:

Economically, it makes sense to encourage these students to go to college; if they become successful professionals, business owners and taxpayers in California, they will contribute to the state’s coffers. Morally, it also makes sense; it would be unfair to penalize children who arrived in this country as minors and had no choice in the decision to come, and who themselves committed no crime.

Yea, too bad in-state tuition at the University of California is now $9,402.00 a year. The illegal immigrant who can afford that price tag is already in a very difference place from most high school students contemplating college.

For all sorts of reasons that mostly pertain to the rights of noncitizens, it’s great that illegal immigrants can qualify for in-state tuition in California. Illegal immigrants pay taxes, after all. Now how about making that tuition affordable?

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer