The California Supreme Court upheld a law yesterday that allows illegal immigrants who've attended California high schools for at least three years to pay in-state tuition at the state's public universities. Well, that's great news for them. Except they still can't get a legal job after graduating.
The law, known as AB 540, had been challenged by a group of out-of-state Americans who claimed that illegal immigrants were being given preferential treatment over American citizens from other states. They were represented by Kris Kobach, the Kansas attorney general who co-wrote Arizona's “papers please” law, SB 1040. Yet the state Supreme Court basically told the plaintiffs to stop whining; the law is constitutional since it bases in-state tuition eligibility on years in a California high school, not a student's citizenship status.