CSU extends in-state tuition to first class of immigrants [illegal aliens]

Article subtitle: 
More than 500 brought to the country without authorization are expected to enroll at Colorado universities this year.
Article publisher: 
The Coloradoan
Article date: 
15 August 2013
Article category: 
Colorado News
Article Body: 

[...] Until this year, students at Colorado colleges without legal U.S. citizenship status qualified for the nonresident rate of tuition, which at Colorado State University exceeds the in-state rate more than three times over.

But when the Colorado Legislature passed the ASSET law this year granting in-state tuition rates to students in Medina’s position, the door to her higher-education dreams swung wide open ...

Thanks to the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which temporarily shelters from deportation those brought to the country without authorization as children, Medina was given a two-year window to establish herself. It enabled her to obtain a driver’s license and to hold a job. She had two over the summer to help pay for college ...

Hard work was instilled in Medina by her parents, she said. Her stay-at-home mom toiled to create a comfortable home for Medina and her younger brother and sister while her father has worked assorted construction jobs throughout the years ...

Work brought Medina’s father to the U.S. on a temporary visa. He would work here and periodically return home to Mexico to reunite with his family, mailing home his paychecks in the interim. When he saw the opportunities for education and other advantages that his relatives living in the U.S. and their children enjoyed, he wanted the same for his kids.

“He sent my mom, my sister and I some money so we could come over here to the U.S.,” Medina said. “They saw a big opportunity here for us in education especially.”

It was 2001, and the terrorist attacks of 9/11 had not yet happened when Medina, her younger sister and her mother came to the U.S. to stay. Passage was easy ...