It may seem like a case of a dream deferred, but the University of California at Los Angeles has canceled plans to open a certificate program for undocumented students, Inside Higher Ed reported. The collaboration between UCLA and National Labor Center (NLC), which had been nicknamed National DREAM University, had drawn criticism and scrutiny from politicians and conservative groups.
In a statement sent to the news site UCLA said that the agreement between the college’s Center for Labor Research and the NLC had been negotiated without the proper administrative and academic approvals, as a result the school declared the agreement null and void. Some California lawmakers believe that UCLA’s decision was motivated less by procedural issues than by political ones.
California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks) told Fox News that he believed the contractual issues with the agreement “gave UCLA an out” but the school pulled out of the agreement because of “public pressure and public scrutiny.” Donnelly had taken umbrage with both the curriculum, which would have prepared students for a degree and a career in activism focused on immigration issues, and the usage of state support to subsidize students, tuition would have been $2,500.
The program was designed to teach out-of-state who would be eligible under California’s version of the DREAM act, using online classes LA Weekly reported.
While DREAM University may have dried up, like a raisin in the sun, the DREAMers themselves are not yet forsaken. Officials at the Maricopa County Community College District in Phoenix, Ariz. declared that undocumented immigrants who receive work permits through President Obama’s deferred deportation program will be eligible for in-state tuition.
The decision defies an executive order from Governor Jan Brewer, issued on Aug. 15, urging state agencies to prevent young immigrants who received permits under President Obama’s deferred deportation from receiving state benefits, the Chronicle of Higher Education reported.
Maricopa County Community College administrators made their decision are a legal review found that federal work permits were already on the state’s list of documents needed to meet legal-residency requirements to apply for-in-state tuition, the Arizona Republic reported.
Currently Maricopa County Community College charges out-of-state students $317 per credit, in-state students pay $76 per credit. Arizona activists estimated that more than 8,000 undocumented students have withdrawn from the 10 Maricopa County Community College campuses because they could no longer to pay out-of-state tuition, reported the Republic.
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