Governor Ducey Supports ABOR’s Decision & Undocumented Students

 
Photo by Gage Skidmore

Photo by Gage Skidmore

Governor Ducey Supports ABOR’s Decision & Undocumented Students

Phoenix, Arizona - Governor Ducey was interviewed today at KJZZ around his thoughts on last week’s decision from ABOR to extand 150% tuition rate to all Arizona high school graduates, including undocumented students who graduate from our state high schools. 

Here is a transcript from the interview and you can also go to this link to listen to it and fast forward to minute 9:56! 

Steve Goldstein: I am curious to see what you make of the state Board of Regents [ABOR] decision last week to expand the to discounted tuition rate they have to undocumented Arizona high school graduates

Gov. Ducey:  Well listen, I think someone who graduates from an Arizona High School is an Arizona kid and I want to see them have Arizona opportunities in front of them. So, I congratulate the regents for the first step around this. [But] I do believe [if] you are here and graduate from an Arizona high school you should have the same opportunities [as] anyone else that graduates from an Arizona high school.  

Steve Goldstein: Are you confident that it is legally okay given the initiative Arizona voters passed elections ago? 

Gov. Ducey: We live in a litigious society. I don't know who is going to bring suit. But it wouldn't surprise is someone brings suit. I think the regents did a great job. Of course the regents followed the law. Arizona high school graduates don't leave the state to pursue opportunities.

Steve Goldstein: Alright that's Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. Thank you.

Gov. Ducey: Thank you

We at Aliento are encouraged by Governor Ducey’s support for the 150% rate. Governor Ducey stated, “I do believe [if] you are here and graduate from an Arizona high school you should have the same opportunities [as] anyone else that graduates from an Arizona high school.” We hope that he will be supportive of removing barriers that prevent undocumented students from having a pathway to in-state tuition in the state of Arizona. We are encouraged that he will support all Arizona high school graduates regardless of immigration status.

Pledge to support all our Arizona High School Graduates’ ability to pay in-state tuition at our state universities and community colleges.  

 
Reyna Montoya