Dreaming for a College Degree in Arizona

When a group of students were told that tuition at Arizona State University was about to astronomically increase for them, they didn’t back down. While a few of their classmates from the same demographic slipped away into the shadows, after dropping out, some stuck around and started a support group. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/5-smart-ways-people-and-places-are-resisting-trumps-immigration-policies/

The ADAC was started after the Arizona Proposition 300 passed back in 2006. The proposition made it required for colleges in Arizona to charge out-of-state tuition for undocumented youth. While this is a large jump in tuition, it can be handled by dedicated students with merit-based scholarships.

However, Proposition 300 also blocked the same students from receiving any such financial aid. With colleges continuously increasing the cost of attendance, this makes it significantly harder for many immigrants to receive the education they desire and need.

The group was started by immigrant students who were attending Arizona State University before the proposition was passed. This was made possible by the competitive, private scholarships that were unaffected by the proposition. Because of these scholarships, the students didn’t have to leave the school like some of their colleagues were forced to do. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Phoenix New Time

The students started with a support group to share their immigrant youth stories and now fight for lower tuition rates, more education rights, as well as immigrant and human rights.

Recently, they’ve been advocating for the right to driver’s licenses, after claims that the Governor singled out their members from receiving the crucial tool. The isolated youth were refused driver’s licenses, despite receiving permission from the Department of Homeland Security to stay in the United States. An issue they are sure to stay very vocal about.

From general meetings, blogs, social protests, and constant alerts to their members, the group refuses to be silenced. They keep in continuous contact with the executive members of college boards, as well as state officials to make their voices heard. They urge everyone to join them as they fight for fair treatment in the educational institutions of Arizona.

The advocate group is supported by the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund. The fund was started by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey after they won a lawsuit against Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Not only were the journalists dragged away in the middle of the night for seeking reporter’s notes on articles involving the Sherrif, but there was a subpoena issued for the identity of those who read New Times articles online about said Sherrif. A 3.75 million dollar settlement was given to the journalists after they had won the case.

All came after the suit reached the ninth circuit of the United States Court of Appeals. With the money given to them, the two became dedicated to supporting civil, human, and migrant rights advocate groups.

The ADAC is just one of many groups supported by the foundation, and each group is looking for as many supporters as they can get and constantly recruiting new members. After all, the most strength is in numbers.