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US-born children of illegal immigrants eligible for in-state tuition, judge rules

Posted on September 5th, 2012 No Comments

A Florida judge ruled this week that U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants are eligible for in-state tuition at Florida universities. Officials used to consider the legal status of the students’ parents when determining residency and tuition– a move now declared unconstitutional.

Five Florida high school graduates filed the lawsuit after they were charged expensive, out-of-state tuition to public in-state universities despite being U.S. citizens and state residents. In-state tuition is nearly three times less expensive than out-of-state tuition.

Reuters reports that about 9,000 to 12,000 students will benefit from the ruling. Previously, Florida was the only state that has laws that specifically deny U.S.-born citizens of illegal immigrants in-state tuition.

If you or a loved one needs assistance applying for U.S. citizenship, contact the immigration lawyers from the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, at 512-323-2333.

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