Mayors: In-State Tuition for DREAMers Necessary For Future Economy

Aug. 17, 2012

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild issued the following statements today about community colleges reconsidering in-state tuition for students seeking deferred action on immigration:

“I support in-state tuition at our Maricopa Community Colleges for students who have successfully applied for deferred action. It is in economic imperative for our city. Our economic future is dependent on increasing the college attainment rate for our young people. We must invest in our city’s future, and when it comes to education, we need all hands on deck, including community colleges.” 

– Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton

“We can no longer ignore or attempt to displace the young and the promising in our cities. Arizona benefits as a whole if we can find a common-sense solution for DREAMers in legal limbo through no fault of their own. When it comes to the future of our cities, these young people hold it in their hands. Without in-state tuition, many won’t go to college, find a job and then contribute to society. We need to invest in our own future, and education is key. Now is not the time to constrain our community colleges.”

–Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild

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