The Los Angeles Times reports that there are about 25,000 illegal immigrants who currently receive in-state tuition rates. The ruing was written by Justice Ming W. Chin, who is one of the most conservative members of the panel. The new law will apply to students who attended a California high school for at least three years and graduated. The new law will also extend the in-state tuition to U.S. citizens who attended California residents but reside legally in other states. “It cannot be the case that states may never give a benefit to unlawful aliens without giving the same benefit to all American citizens,” Chin wrote.
The lawsuit was brought to court by a group fighting illegal immigration. They argued that allowing illegal immigrants to pay the lower in-state tuition is unfair to out-of-state citizens who must pay more. College students who are in the country illegally are barred from government financial-aid programs.