PSN's Immigration Reform Policy Specialist, Suman Raghunathan, appeared on the Michael Eric Dyson Show on June 8, 2011 to discuss the recent advancement of state policies that grant in-state college tuition rates to undocumented students, and the reaction to the California Supreme Court's recent refusal to hear a challenge to California's tuition equity law.
Yesterday, a Colorado bill that would have allowed undocumented
immigrant students to pay in-state tuition to attend the state's
colleges and universities died in committee on a partisan vote. Despite its failure this year, tuition equity still enjoys strong support from
Colorado's business and educator communities.
As we highlighted two
weeks ago, the Arizona legislature and Governor's decisions
to pass a punitive, anti-immigrant bill - SB1070
- have unleashed a torrent of condemnations inside and outside of
Arizona. Voices speaking up against the bill have come not only from
civil rights organizations, but have also included public safety
officials, constitutional legal scholars, and, significantly, Republican
leaders and candidates from other states with
significant immigrant populations.