State Policies for Undocumented Immigrants: Policy-Making and Outcomes in the U.S., 1998-2005

State Policies for Undocumented Immigrants: Policy-Making and Outcomes in the U.S., 1998-2005

State Policies for Undocumented Immigrants: Policy-Making and Outcomes in the U.S., 1998-2005

State Policies for Undocumented Immigrants: Policy-Making and Outcomes in the U.S., 1998-2005

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Jesus Apodaca, an Aurora, Colorado high school graduate and longtime Colorado resident, made national news in late 2002 when he revealed to the media that he could not afford to attend the University of Colorado since he had to pay non-resident tuition. Apodaca was not eligible for resident tuition despite having lived in Colorado for many years because he was an undocumented immigrant (National Review 2002). At about the same time, the Colorado state legislature was also considering legislative proposals to deny undocumented immigrants reduced in-state tuition benefits at state supported colleges. Subsequently Apodaca went into hiding. Around the same time, another undocumented immigrant high school student in Washington found herself in a similar situation, unable to afford to attend the University of Washington. But in Washington, the state government legislated to allow undocumented immigrants to attend public higher education institutions at in-state tuition rates. By the fall of 2006, the same undocumented immigrant student from Washington had graduated from the University of Washington and had entered law school. Apodaca, on the other hand, an equally talented student has been in hiding since.

By the end of 2005, undocumented immigrants (UDIs) in the United States found that they had different rights based on which state they were domiciled in. For example, while Washington allowed these immigrants the right to attend public supported universities and . . .

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