Dreamers’ Tuition Case Turns on Definitions

The question of how much it will cost “dreamers” to get a higher education in Arizona could turn on who the state Supreme Court decides is in this country with “lawful immigration status.”

In new legal filings, the attorney for the Maricopa community colleges told the justices that phrase is the same as “lawful presence.” Mary O’Grady said those in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program fit that definition because the Department of Homeland Security has — at least for the moment — allowed them to not only remain without fear of deportation but also to work.

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