Sat Aug 18, 2012, 04:55 PM
alp227 (23,111 posts)
Denver College Policy Aids Illegal Immigrants
Monday is the first day of the school year for Metropolitan State University of Denver, a compact, urban campus in the heart of the city's downtown.
It also signifies the dawn of a controversial new policy for this institution of 24,000. Among the crowd of students who will show up for class next week are dozens of illegal immigrants who, as part of a specially tailored tuition rate, can now qualify for a reduced fee if they live in Colorado.
Under the new rate, illegal immigrants will pay $7,157.04 per year at Metro State. That is nearly $3,000 higher than the tuition for legal Colorado students but about $8,000 lower than what out-of-state students pay.
Only those students who attended high school in Colorado for at least three years and received their high school or general equivalency diplomas here are eligible. So far, more than 100 have qualified, university officials said.
...Colorado's attorney general, John W. Suthers, issued a nonbinding legal opinion criticizing the policy.
"The decision by Metropolitan State College of Denver to proceed on its own to create a new tuition category, undeterred by the legislature's repeated rejection of specific authorizing legislation, is simply not supported by governing law..."
Tom Tancredo, a former Colorado congressman and presidential candidate who now heads the Rocky Mountain Foundation, a conservative research organization, said his group intended to sue the university in the next few months.
Last year my state governor Jerry Brown signed a bill with similar provisions to Metro State College, except that ANYONE who graduated from a California high school attended for retweet our more years is eligible for in state tuition, rather than Metro State's compromise tuition.
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