Demonstration Scheduled for Tomorrow's Maricopa Community College Board Meeting; Undocumented Youth Planning to Speak Against Tuition Hike, Minutewoman

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Maricopa Community Colleges board member Debra Pearson can expect an earful at tomorrow's meeting in Tempe.

​The Maricopa Community College Governing Board is meeting tomorrow at the District Support Services Center in Tempe and it's expecting company -- protesters demonstrating against the district's recent decision to raise tuition on "out-of-state" students.

As originally reported by New Times, the MCC has raised tuition for out-of-state students from roughly $300 per course to about $1,000, effective this summer. MCC Board Chairman Randolph Lumm expressed concern at a recent board meeting that the legislation was "targeting" the children of illegal immigrants, which was disputed by board member Debra Pearson, who said the measure had nothing to do with immigration.

Of course, she didn't mention the little fact that she's a member of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps.

Now a group of activists plan to descend on the board meeting at 2411 West 14th Street tomorrow at 6:30 p.m., with five speakers scheduled to address the board.

The recent tuition increase at Maricopa Community Colleges is especially touchy for undocumented students, as it makes attending college close to impossible for them. Since Arizona voters approved Prop 300 in 2006, which charges undocumented students "out of state" tuition, many students have turned to community colleges as a way to pursue their education.

What makes the board's tuition increase especially disturbing is the idea that these kids are "out of staters," despite many of them having lived in Arizona for their entire lives.

Maxima Guerrero, whose situation we highlighted in our last report on the hike, plans to speak at tomorrow's hearing, along with local real estate agent Dulce Matuz, Grand Canyon University student Viridiana Hernandez, and DREAM Act organizers Erika Andiola and Daniel Rodriguez.

Rodriguez explained the protest's goals to New Times this afternoon.

"We want to get the message that all students are against the tuition increase, that this tuition hike targets undocumented students, and that we're going to be watching them," he says.

Immigration activists are concerned that Maricopa Community Colleges board member Pearson, whom we exposed as a Minutewoman, is going to push for other community college districts to raise tuition for "out of state" students.

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Kitsugab
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Antonio V
Antonio V

come to the next meeting lets show them we will not go away until they change things 

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Minutemen and women are not necessarily the most educated people on the planet and it is sad how a woman from that group became member of the board of and educational institution.So sad she belongs to a group that had produced some serious characters as Shawna Forde and alike.Her push to deny education to immigrant youth is contrary with the most basic principles of the community colleges existence: to bring affordable college education to all, specially the underprivileged. She is not as she says, "following the law" but interpreting the law to the extreme to target a group of young people. The DREAM Act will pass (it is not a matter of "if" but "when", and she will be responsible for denying access to education to a segment of the population.Hopefully the Board will come to their senses and reject the tuition hike and the influence of negative persons as Ms. Pearson.

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Troy
Troy

they have been doing it for a long time, at least MCC has, a few years now...

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