Oscar Hernandez has just one year left before he completes his degree in public policy at Arizona State University.But his education hit a sudden roadblock on Tuesday when the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled that undocumented students such as Hernandez are not eligible for lower in-state tuition.The ruling means tuition could more than double this fall for Hernandez and several thousands of students like him currently enrolled in community colleges and state universities in Arizona with protection from deportation known as DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Tuesday’s ruling caught Hernandez off-guard. After DACA recipients won the right first to obtain diver’s licenses in 2014 and then in-state tuition benefits in 2015, the ruling underscored how Republican-led court battles to revoke those privileges are not over.”It reminds us of how vulnerable we are with DACA status,” said Hernandez, who was brought to the U.S. from Mexico City, Mexico, when he was 9 and has lived in Arizona ever since.”Now we are sort of backtracking. It feels like with DACA, we were given the opportunity to truly reach for our American Dream, and now with all these state policies and politics there are more hurdles now.”Hernandez said he is determined to finish his degree…. Read full this story
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