The Maricopa County Community College District will appeal a court ruling that would prohibit students known as “dreamers” from receiving in-state college tuition rates.In a close 4-3 vote, the governing board voted Tuesday evening to ask the Arizona Supreme Court to review the ruling by the Arizona Court of Appeals.Board member Linda Thor told a room packed with students, several of whom drove from Tucson, that she would not be able to sleep if she didn’t take action to help them. Her father, she said, was an immigrant who came to the United States by himself when he was 17.”I feel we have a moral and ethical responsibility to our students,” she said.So many students filled the board’s meeting room that a second overflow room had to be opened. Many students wore T-shirts with words supporting efforts to keep lower, in-state tuition rates for young undocumented immigrants who were brought to U.S. as children.”It’s a blessing, a blessing. It’s just another sign of hope. This buys us time,” said Luis Avila, who is majoring in landscape architecture at Arizona State University and has one more year left to finish his degree.Not all members agreed with the board’s decision to appeal.Board… Read full this story
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