November 15th, 2010
02:18 PM ET

California court rules illegal immigrants can get in-state tuition

The California Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that illegal immigrants may continue to receive in-state tuition at California colleges and Universities.

The decision overturns a lower court ruling.

In their ruling, the state court said California law specifically guarantees in-state tuition, a lower price, for students attending local schools for at least three years.

In their ruling, the court said that state law does not conflict with federal prohibitions for educational benefits for illegal immigrants ased on residency.

This story is developing. We'll bring you the latest information as soon as we get it.

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  1. 3buckchuck

    like that song says " Everybody knows, everybody knows where we're going...yeah we're going down!"

    November 15, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Martha

    It is infuriating and insane that illegal immigrants can get privileges that are not available to Americans!! Maybe all the college students whose fees are being raised again and again, should become Mexican citizens and come to CA for free education, free medical and anything else they can't get as Americans!!!!

    November 15, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jay

    This is moronic and reprehensible. The UC school system is looking to increase their tuition, but the state is going to give money it doesn't have to ILLEGAL immigrants!!! This is directly against the will of the American people. The elitists are flooding the market with cheap, exploitable labor and bankrupting and displacing American citizens. This can NOT go on much longer. We MUST resist!

    November 15, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jim90069

    What a bunch of discontented whiners. All the Court said was "a resident pays less than a non-resident." So before you get your "knickers in a wad," wait to see how well everything will be for ALL Californians, after Gov. Brown works on "rescuing" our screwed up system from our Republican governor, "Ahnold." Last time he was governor, he took a usual Republican deficit, turned it into a huge surplus, created tons of jobs thru the private sector, had the best educationsustemb in the nation, with FREEways unsurpassed anywhere in the fcountry, and all WITHOUT raising taxes.......all that good Jesuit education really helped us.

    November 15, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. The Dude

    It's at time like these that "The Big One" needs to hit this pathetic excuse for a state and drown it in the Pacific.

    Obviously a state supreme court loaded with morons.

    I'm ashamed to be an American.

    November 15, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Annie

    Um..yeah... I am a born Californian and I couldn't even get tuition!!! I owe a lot in student loans because of it and you're going to tell me that people who are illegal can keep their tuition?! Excuse me!! They should not even be able to take up valuable college slots from born citizens and legal immigrants!!! Talk about stealing opportunities from your own citizens! What the heck is happening to this place?!!!

    November 15, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Glad I moved out of CA

    So grateful to be out of CA. This decision is just setting a precedent which moves the state into removing barriers leading to amnesty. So sad.

    November 15, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Alex

    CA is not paying illegal students anything so don't complain about the government giving money it doesn't have to those here illegally. All this is saying is that every student pays the same amount for school. Whats so bad about that?! Its not an injustice as residents of this country they should be allowed to. I don't see anyone complaining when those illegals pay taxes!

    November 15, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • jay

      You are a hopeless idiot if you think that ILLEGALS pay taxes. What part of ILLEGAL do you not understand. ILLEGALS do not pay taxes.

      November 15, 2010 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Listen

      My parents (not rich at all) have paid tens and thousands of dollars to become U.S. citizens. Since our papers have been in process for years, we are in status adjustment. Therefore, no matter how long I live in a certain state, I don't get in-state. So I work hard, study hard, my parents pay in-state taxes, pay the government to become green card holders, and yet illegal immigrants get in-state tuition, when I don't??

      November 29, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Pancho Villa

    HAHAHAHAHAHA Thats right solve ur issues at home not half the worlds,I latino say deport us all start with agricultaral stop having us as SLAVES AMERICA.

    November 15, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. cesar

    Yea, shut up Pablo.

    November 15, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Pancho Villa

    Lets debate CNN u know illegal immigration is n issue with a DOMINO EFFECT solve it cause right now u have slaves working for nothing getting harrass cant travel n see ur america n every time we go buy our ensentials for d week with fear of losing this country living in fear wat a great FREE COUNTRY.

    November 15, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
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  14. whatmelissasaw

    I'm certainly not going to feel bad when California goes bankrupt....

    November 15, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
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