Undocumented Virginia Students Sue For In-State Tuition | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Undocumented Virginia Students Sue For In-State Tuition

Play associated audio
College students speak at the Legal Aid Justice Center.
Armando Trull/WAMU
College students speak at the Legal Aid Justice Center.

A group of undocumented students is suing Virginia education authorities in an effort to get in-state tuition.

Last year, President Barack Obama issued an executive order known as "deferred action for childhood arrivals" or DACA. It allows some young undocumented immigrants, such as 19-year-old Giancarla Rojas, to avoid deportation and get social security numbers and drivers licenses.

"I could work and I could drive," Rojas says.

The one thing the Falls Church High School graduate can't do in Virginia is attend a public college and pay in-state tuition, even though she's lived in the commonwealth for seven years and now has federal documents.

Rojas says she wasn't even allowed to apply for in-state tuition.

"They wouldn't even show me, because I wasn't qualified," she says. "They wouldn't even bother to show me."

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia has issued guidance to Commonwealth colleges saying that DACA students do not have a lawful status in this country and thus do not qualify for in-state tuition.

Rojas is among seven plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed in Arlington County Court by the Legal Aid Justice Center. The Legal Aid Justice Center is also petitioning the incoming Governor to issue an executive order mandating that DACA students be granted in state tuition.

NPR

Nuns On The Ranch Give A Heavenly Twist To Beef

At a Colorado ranch run by Benedictine nuns, prayer and farming go hand in hand. "We have kind of a corner on the market" for grass-fed beef, says one sister. "People just kind of believe in it."
NPR

Nuns On The Ranch Give A Heavenly Twist To Beef

At a Colorado ranch run by Benedictine nuns, prayer and farming go hand in hand. "We have kind of a corner on the market" for grass-fed beef, says one sister. "People just kind of believe in it."
NPR

Treasury Nomination Sparks Fight Among Democrats

When Congress returns in 2015, it will consider the nomination of Antonio Weiss to be undersecretary of Treasury for domestic finance. The nomination is causing a fight within the Democratic Party.
NPR

Obama Calls North Korean Hack 'Cybervandalism'

On CNN's State of the Union, the president expanded on earlier remarks he made criticizing a decision by Sony Pictures to pull distribution of The Interview.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.