Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Federal Judge In Florida Allows In-state Tuition For Students Of Illegal Parents

The Florida Legislature discriminated against students whose parents were undocumented by charging them three times higher then residents to enroll in a state college or university.

By H. Nelson Goodson
September 5, 2012

Orlando, FL - On Wednesday, State Senator Gary Siplin (D-Orlando) announced in a news release that on Friday a U.S. District Court rectified what the Florida Legislature failed to do by not passing in-state tuition for children of undocumented parents living in the state for years. Undocumented students or students with undocumented parents were charged out-of-state tuition fees, which were at least three times higher than actual resident fees.
Several in-state tuition bills, including one that was proposed by Senator Siplin were rejected by the Republican controlled legislature this year. U.S. Judge K. Michael Moore held that Florida discriminated against students contrary to the equal protection clause of the Constitution whose parents were deemed illegal or failed to show their legal status and documention. Judge Moore ruled that such students may not discriminatly be charged three times that of Florida residents, as a result of their parents' failure to show legal documentation, according to Senator Siplin.

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