This past fall we wrote about a decision from the Federal District Court in Miami regarding the amount of tuition that should be paid by individuals who were born in the United States but whose parents are undocumented immigrants. The decision found certain regulations previously adopted by the state of Florida unconstitutional. One of those regulations pertained to the requirement that these children pay out-of-state rates despite having been born in the country and lived in the state for some time. The court decision achieved a goal that Florida's legislature had previously been unable to.
Earlier this fall we wrote a post on a decision rendered by the Federal District Court in Miami. The court ruled that state regulations denying some benefits to the children of undocumented immigrants based on the status of their parents, is unconstitutional. They were found to violate the Constitution's 14th Amendment, "equal protection" clause.
This past February we wrote a post on Florida's SB 106. The bill was an effort to allow citizens who were born in the United States but whose parents are undocumented immigrants to be eligible for in-state college tuition. The bill was ultimately not passed and these individuals were forced to pay out-of-state tuition to attend Florida post secondary institutions, despite, in many cases, having been born and lived in the state of Florida their entire lives.
Throughout the nation undocumented immigrants are facing struggles when it comes to trying to educate themselves beyond high school. The struggle has to do with how to pay for post secondary education. Currently, there are four states that actually do not allow undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition despite the fact that they reside in the state. Florida is one of those states.
Throughout Miami, and the state of Florida, recent high school graduates look forward to furthering their educations by going to college. Though many of these Florida-born individuals are armed with their high school diploma, state driver's license and voter's registration card, they are being told that if they want to attend college they will have pay the much higher out-of-state tuition rate. The reason being cited is that one or both of their parents are illegal immigrants or not in the U.S. legally.