Supreme Court Rejects Challenge To College Tuition Break For Illegal Immigrants

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A California policy which allows illegal immigrants at state colleges and universities to pay the same tuition rates as legal residents will not be reviewed by the highest court in the nation, it was reported Monday.

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to the California Supreme Court’s November 2010 decision in Martinez v. Board of Regents, which allowed resident tuition benefits to apply to those who are in the U.S. illegally as long as they graduated from a California high school.

The Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) claimed in their lawsuit that U.S. citizens who reside outside the state of California may pay up to $100,000 more to earn their degree than illegal aliens paying the in-state resident fee.

CBS Radio News Chief Legal Correspondent Andrew Cohen told KNX 1070 the high court effectively has decided to remain silent on this highly-controversial issue.

“What we have from the justices today is a decision not to decide, a decision to avoid getting involved in the case,” said Cohen.

The IRLI on their website describes the Institute as “America’s only public interest law organization working exclusively to protect the legal rights, privileges, and property of U.S. citizens and their communities from injuries and damages caused by unlawful immigration.”

  • bounce

    So the California tax payer is picking up part of the tuition for people who are here illegally. In return, can Americans get a discounted education, housing and health care in Mexico?

  • Terry Ford

    Better to do this for the illegals, than to take care of the tax payers of Ca.
    Time to leave, Mexico offers the same for thier illegals, right?

  • Bob

    Time for a revolution! Take up arms and remove these idiots from office! Lets take back our state and country!!!

  • Mary

    WHY? This is not right at any level! Illegal’s should be deported. It is so difficult to try to make a living when you are a citizen, because you have to work an extra few months just to pay for all the illegal’s. I refuse to support illegal’s! That is Not American to me. Kick them out now. My own family is more important than drugies that are here illegally. Please! What does the Government get out of this to keep supporting illegal’s?

    • Ron


      The Democrats get future & current voters(legal family members of illegals & when the Democrats push amnesty for illegals through, then they get their votes too) and the Unions get members to pay union dues and vote for anything that the unions want.

      It IS the UNIONS and DEMOCRATS that have SOLD out CALIFORNIA.

      If you don’t like it, then don’t vote for ANY Democrats and shop at only non-union stores.

  • Sickof Liberal Courts

    So there is a solution to this, and the State School System’s funding crisis. Eliminate in-state versus out-of-state tuition. Painful for all, but stops the “free-ride” for illegals.

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