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The Judicial Watch
Because one above the law! News Publication from Judicial Watch March 2011 Volume Issue Files Lawsuit Fight Tuition Breaks
for Illegal Aliens
ost Americans would find
offensive think their tax
dollars were being used illegally subsidize the college education illegal aliens. But that exactly
what happening institutions
higher education across the country. least eleven states have laws granting discounted tuition for illegal aliens public colleges and universities.
But Montgomery County,
Maryland the tuition policy one
local community college not only
offensive; also unlawful. And
Judicial Watch has taken legal action put stop it. Thursday, January 20, 2011
Judicial Watch filed taxpayer
lawsuit against the Board Trustees Maryland Montgomery College
for unlawfully charging discounted county tuition rates students
who graduate from Montgomery
County public high schools,
regardless their immigration status place residency.
The new lawsuit alleges Montgomery College tuition policy violates
both Maryland and federal law and
places substantial financial burden Montgomery County taxpayers
who subsidize the cost students
attending the community college.
Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit
behalf Montgomery County taxpayers Michael Lee Philips, Patricia
Judicial Watch client Michael Philips (L); President Tom Fitton (C); Maryland State Delegate
Pat McDonough (R) press conference Annapolis, January 20, 2011 announcing new
lawsuit stop illegal tuition benefits for illegal aliens.
Fenati and David Drake the Circuit Court for Montgomery County.
According Judicial Watch
Under federal law, unlawfully present aliens generally are ineligible
for state local public benefits,
including post-secondary education
benefits such reduced tuition,
unless state has enacted law
affirmatively providing for such
eligibility. The State Maryland
has never enacted law affirmatively providing that unlawfully
present aliens are eligible receive
reduced, in-county tuition public
institutions higher education,
including community colleges such Montgomery College
Pursuant Maryland law,
Montgomery College required charge out-of-state tuition
any student who attends community college the State
Maryland and not resident
the State
Defendant Board long-standing
policy causing substantial, pecuniary loss taxpayers Montgomery County and the State
Maryland. providing reduced,
in-county tuition all students
who graduate from Montgom-
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ery County public high schools,
regardless their residence
status unlawfully present aliens,
Montgomery College failing
collect revenue that, state and
federal law, required collect. law, the tuition paid
student who attends community
college determined student
place residence. Students who are
residents the county counties
supporting the community college
they attend are charged in-county
rate. Students who are residents
the State Maryland, but reside
outside the county counties supporting the community college they
attend are charged instate rate.
Students who reside outside the State Maryland are charged out-ofstate rate.
However, Montgomery College
has long-standing policy providing graduates Montgomery
County public high schools, including illegal aliens who unlawfully reside the United States, the lowest county tuition rate regardless
their place residence.
Montgomery College described
this policy financial statements for
Fiscal Years 2007, 2008 and 2009:
[T]he Montgomery College policy
applicable all persons, equally, and
includes all citizens well undocumented aliens The tuition policy
was formally adopted Montgomery College Board Trustees
November 15, 2010.
But bears repeating. Montgomery College tuition policy illegal
without specific permission granted the Maryland State Legislature.
This probably why Montgomery
College tuition policy vastly
different from other institutions
higher education, The Washington
Post noted recently: Some public
colleges the region don admit
illegal immigrants students, and
those that typically charge them
higher non-resident rates because
they cannot prove legal residency.
Laws Maryland and Virginia
allow public universities accept
illegal aliens, but they are under obligation so, and these
institutions certainly cannot provide
them illegal perks the form discounted tuition. (In fact, the University Virginia, the Post notes,
has gone court protect its right deny admission illegal aliens.)
How much taxpayer money stake? Between 2006 and 2009,
Montgomery College failed collect $5,870,852 tuition fees due its policy unlawfully allowing
discounted county tuition rate illegal aliens and other out
state students.
The policy has been questioned
the College own auditors. Maryland
State Delegate Pat McDonough (R)
first alerted Judicial Watch this
issue last year, prompting Judicial
Watch conduct independent investigation, which led this taxpayer
lawsuit. one Judicial Watch clients,
Mike Phillips, said our press conference, the policy simply grossly
Montgomery College funneling tax dollars tuition benefits for
illegal aliens against the law. The
policy especially egregious this
age government budget crises and must stopped before other institutions higher education follow
suit providing taxpayer funded
tuition breaks illegal aliens, stated
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
Our taxpayer clients hope the court
will put stop Montgomery College policy providing illegal perks taxpayer expense.
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