Hearing set for arguments in Arizona immigrant-tuition case

PHOENIX (AP) - A judge will hear arguments in the state's lawsuit challenging the Maricopa County Community College District's decision to grant in-state tuition to certain immigrants despite a 2006 voter-approved law barring them from getting a lower tuition rate.

Judge Arthur Anderson of Maricopa County Superior Court scheduled a March 6 hearing on dueling motions for a pretrial decision in the case.

Arizona voters in 2006 overwhelmingly approved a law that bars people in the country illegally from getting in-state tuition, state-funded scholarships, fee waivers or other financial assistance at Arizona's public universities and community colleges.

Years later, the college district determined that immigrants who worked work-eligibility documents as part of a 2012 Obama administration policy are eligible for the cheaper, in-state tuition rate.

Then-Attorney General Tom Horne sued in 2012.

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