Arizona's largest community college system recently announced a 230% tuition hike for out-of-state students taking less than 6 credits - 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. This is due to a flawed interpretation of a State law.
Moreover the situation is also affecting ALL LATINO AND MINORITY STUDENTS at MCCCD:
1.-Latjno students have been told they may not be able to participate in trips to an upcoming leadership camp in Tucson "because they will be using State Funding" on transportation and that's is not available for undocumented students .
2.-Money raised by students clubs will become "State funded money" and not to be use for scholarships for undocumented students. Yes, the type of money raised by cookie sales and student sponsored workshops!
3.-Personnel has been told to check into the immigration of status of students and REPORT to ICE, DHS their findings, THREATENING PERSONNEL WITH JAIL TIME if they do not comply.
3.-Personnel are holding funding for summer camps on MCCCD Campuses because they are ordered to probe into the immigration status of CHILDREN attending such camps. Other situations are being analized on a "case by case" situation.
Not only does this mean ALL Latinos and people of color will have their immigration statuses OVER-SCRUTINIZED- the MCCCD 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 MCCCD Chancellor Rufus Glasper to delay the 230% tuition hike to unclassified students taking 6 hours or less.
Please stop the threats to students and personnel, until good processes and policies are in place to avoid discrimination with regard to Latino and other minority Students.