(L.A. Now) The California Supreme Court decided unanimously Monday that illegal immigrants may continue to be eligible for in-state tuition rates at the state's colleges and universities rather than pay the higher rates charged to those who live out of state.
In a ruling written by Justice Ming W. Chin, one of the panel's more conservative members, the state high court said a California law that guarantees the lower tuition for students who attend California high schools for at least three years and graduate does not conflict with a federal prohibition on giving illegal immigrants educational benefits based on residency.
College students who are in the country illegally are barred from government financial-aid programs. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected eventually to decide whether the lower tuition rates also violate federal law.
If the Federal law and State law have similiar positions, the court always side on the stricter policy. In this case representing Federal statute, illegal aliens are not priveldged to recieve financial-aid programs from the American tax-payers. But in California, it is a normal occurance to take care of any illegal alien wanting an education. In fact, about 25,000 illegal aliens are estimated to receive in-state tuition rates in California. No wonder California is going bankrupt.