Supreme Court Rules on Important Immigration Case

Jun 7, 2011 - LegalZoom News Sources
These lower fees give opportunities to poor youths who otherwise would not be able to afford higher education.

Illegal immigration has been an issue that has faced America for many years. Legislation battles that deal with this tricky problem have varied, but many times the most complicated cases reach the Supreme Court.

The high court recently issued a decision regarding illegal immigrants, as the challenge to a California law was overturned, according to the Fremont Tribune.

A California regulation that allowed colleges and universities to offer in-state tuition to illegal immigrants - a policy adopted by the legislature in 2001 - was upheld, the newspaper reported.

The law in question saves illegal immigrants nearly $23,000 a year at state colleges. These lower fees give opportunities to poor youths who otherwise would not be able to afford higher education, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Eleven other states have adopted similar statutes since California decided to support illegal immigrants that had just graduated from high school. The Supreme Court was involved due to the conflict over state and federal regulation of immigration, the news source reported.

"This is a good day for higher education and for California high school graduates," said the University of California's lawyer in the case.