Arizona's largest community college system recently announced a 230% tuition hike for out-of-state students - an attempt to keep undocumented students from getting an education in a way that will affect citizens, people who have just moved to Arizona, and immigrants in the process of getting their legal status.
Their interpretation is also affecting student members of Latino clubs. Students have been told they may not be able to participate in trips to an upcoming leadership camp "because the use of the bus to transport them is not available to undocumented students," and administrators may probe into the students' immigration status and take over club scholarship funds.
The Maricopa County Community College system's misinterpretation of HB2008, a vague state law barring state benefits to undocumented people, is also an attempt to report to DHS and ICE the immigration status of the students registering, and threaten jail time for the administrative personnel who do not comply.
Not only does this mean all Latinos and people of color will have their immigration statuses overscrutinized - the MCCC will actually lose money. The more than 8,000 people currently enrolled as "out-of-state" students will likely drop out. The system is throwing away money to restructure many programs and processes in order to implement a flawed and discriminatory policy.
Tell the American Association of Community Colleges - which supports education for all - to speak out against Maricopa County Community College's discriminatory 230% tuition hike and the move to report the immigration status of its students.
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