"Born and raised in Miami, Ruiz is a U.S. citizen. But in the eyes of
Florida’s higher education system, she’s a dependent student whose
parents are undocumented immigrants — and not considered legal Florida
residents . As such, Ruiz is charged
"The state of Florida denied in-state college
tuition rates to U.S. citizens living in the state but unable to prove
the lawful immigration status of their parents – an unconstitutional
policy that more than tripled the cost of tuition. The SPLC filed a
federal lawsuit to end the practice...
"A class-action lawsuit has been filed in Miami by Florida residents
being charged out-of-state tuition rates to attend state colleges and
universities. The students are American citizens — children who were
born in the U.S. to [undocumented] immigrants — and they say Florida's...
"In the current race to the bottom to see which state can provide the
most degraded and dehumanizing environment for undocumented immigrants,
Arizona and Alabama
have grabbed the headlines. But largely unnoticed, it is Florida, home
to nearly one million Cuban refugees and their descendants...
"This case is about regulations of the Florida State Board of Education and the Florida Board of Governors that classify students who are United States citizens and reside in the State of Florida as "out of state" residents because their parents, who also reside in Florida, are undocumented...