Monday, October 24, 2011

Judge Moore Presiding Over Florida Tuition Lawsuit!

Are you following the lawsuit recently filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center over US citizens and Florida residents who are children of undocumented immigrants being charged out-of-state tuition fees at Florida universities?

This may be one of the more stupider actions taken up in Tally in recent memory:
Born and raised in Miami, Ruiz is a U.S. citizen. But in the eyes of Florida’s higher education system, she’s a dependent student whose parents are undocumented immigrants — and not considered legal Florida residents.

As such, Ruiz is charged higher-priced out-of-state tuition, even though she has a Florida birth certificate, Florida driver’s license and is a registered Florida voter. One semester of in-state tuition at Miami Dade College costs about $1,200, while out-of-state students pay roughly $4,500.

Many students are simply unable to absorb the increased cost. Ruiz has been attending Miami Dade College and, so far, has a 3.7 GPA but must work multiple part-time jobs just to pay for one class. Other similarly-affected students have completely given up on college.

“As an American, and a lifelong Florida resident, I deserve the same opportunities,” Ruiz said. “I know that I will be successful because I have never wanted something so bad in my life like I want this.”
 Here's an excerpt from the lawsuit, now before Judge Moore:
Florida’s public colleges and universities classify applicants and students who are unable to show that their parents have lawful immigration status as “non-residents,” even though the applicants are United States citizens who reside in Florida. Being classified as a non-resident more than triples the cost of tuition. As a result, many talented American students must either forego higher education or incur extraordinary costs, in both money and time, in order to obtain the same education made available to other Florida residents at a small fraction of the cost.

The individuals who bring this action were born in the United States, graduated from Florida high schools, and have lived in Florida for many years. Some have lived in Florida all of their lives. They went to the same high schools, held down the same part-time jobs, and participated in the same after-school activities as their counterparts who are granted in-state tuition status. The only difference between the plaintiffs and the students granted in-state tuition is that the plaintiffs cannot prove that their parents have lawful immigration status.
Forcing children to carry the status or non-status of their parents seems inherently un-American, or is that too quaint a notion nowadays?


Anonymous said...

birthers gonna birth, bish.

Anonymous said...

Why does it surprise anyone when racists act racist. All the KluKluxers are registered Republicians.

Anonymous said...

goddam anchor babies. this is 'merika!

Paladin51 said...

Isn't it in the US Constitution that the sins of the father cannot be visited upon the son? Doesn't this violate the 14th Amendment?

I don't think it's a laughable matter.

Anonymous said...

Bad draw

Anonymous said...

Confused here. If the student is over 18, born in Florida, graduated from Florida high school,etc, what difference does it make what her/his parents are?
I guess I didn't realize that residency was dependant on your parents?
Do they have a Fl driver license? Are they registered to vote here? How long have they lived in Florida?
Isn't the student a citizen?
Shouldn't those things be the deciding factors, and not the fact that the students parents weren't born here?
What if a students parents are dead? Are they considered out-of-this-world residents?

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