Officials grant in-state tuition to certain immigrants

In 2012, President Obama issued an executive order: undocumented immigrants who meet certain requirements will not be deported.

A Maricopa County judge ruled that means they are here legally in Arizona when it comes to education, that means they can get in-state tuition.

His decision applied to community colleges, but the Arizona Board of Regents relied on the judge's reasoning to extend in-state tuition to ASU, UofA, and NAU.

There were tears of joy as the AZ Board of Regents voted unanimously in favor of in-state tuition for dreamers.

"I believe all they want is an opportunity for education, an opportunity for good jobs, and an opportunity for a better future for themselves and their families," said Bill Ridenhour.

"Well, I am very happy for this decision, and I cannot wait for fall," said Enrique Bojorquez.

Dreamers FOX 10 spoke to are well aware that not everybody likes the decision, and they have a message for their opponents.

"I think they need to open their hearts, this is the law, they need to look at solutions instead of creating divisive, anti-immigrant and education rhetoric," said Dulce Matuz.

Gov. Doug Ducey reacted to the decision with the following statement: "It's frustrating that the will of Arizona voters is being ignored by the courts, and that Washington has made such a mess of this issue. But given the current status of legal decisions, I understand and accept why the regents decided as they did."

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