The unanimous ruling from the seven-member court stems from a lawsuit brought by the Maricopa Community Colleges District, which wanted to give in-state tuition to students who had been brought to the country illegally as children.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said he wasn't surprised by the ruling, as he had previously maintained state colleges and universities were violating state and federal laws by granting in-state tuition to DACA recipients.
Supporters of the Board of Regents' 2017 decision to grant in-state tuition to Arizona DACA recipients say the ruling is a loss for the state's educational system. Arizona residents pay $86 per credit hour at the Maricopa Community Colleges, while non-residents pay $241. Yet the academic future of 18-year-old Yanez and thousands of other Dreamers in Arizona is in doubt.
"I was really sad and I was really depressed because I didn't think I was going to go to college", Yanez said.
Rates are substantially less than what non-resident students pay.
DACA recipients in Arizona will now face a tougher time being able to finance their college education. My parents can't afford that.
The Show's Lauren Gilger spoke with her, and asked what her reaction was Tuesday when she found out about the Arizona Supreme Court's decision.
However, the Arizona Board of Regents approved a lower tuition rate in 2015 for non-residents who have graduated from a high school in the state, which would be about 150% of a state tuition ($14,751) as AZ Central continues.
Sec. 505 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) of 1996 states explicitly that, "Notwithstanding any other provision of law, an alien who is not lawfully present in the United States shall not be eligible on the basis of residence within a State (or a political subdivision) for any postsecondary education benefit unless a citizen or national of the United States is eligible for such a benefit (in no less an amount, duration, and scope) without regard to whether the citizen or national is such a resident".
"This is exactly why we need a permanent solution", Karina Ruiz, president of the Arizona Dream Act Coalition, told NPR. In the meantime, undocumented students will start to come to terms with what the ruling means for their education. He said that by allowing DACA recipients to benefit from in-state tuition, it was a violation of the law. She said she found out that she was undocumented when SB1070 was being debated in the state legislature.
President Donald Trump has tweeted about DACA frequently after announcing previous year he would end the program.
"Unfortunately, today, a decision was made to block access to education for deserving Arizona students", said Iribe.
And despite the best efforts of immigrant-rights activists, Congress has yet to hold a vote on a Dream Act that would allow a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in the U.S. In an Easter tweet, Trump declared that "DACA is dead".