Tom Horne's Fight Against In-State Tuition for DREAMers Leads to More Arrests at His Office
|Photo by Matthew Hendley|
|More diplomas being burned outside Attorney General Tom Horne's office.|
More activists were arrested Tuesday at Attorney General Tom Horne's office in Phoenix after another protest of Horne's lawsuit to make DREAMers ineligible to pay in-state tuition at community colleges.
This time, activists held a sort of mock funeral for the dreams of the young people being denied in-state tuition, as the activists burned more high school diplomas and attempted to deliver the ashes in an urn to Horne.
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There was no sign Tuesday of Horne, who filed a lawsuit against the Maricopa Community Colleges to try to prevent the colleges from giving in-state tuition to the young undocumented people who have been granted deferred action. Pima Community Colleges have been added to the lawsuit for attempting to do the same.
"[DREAMers are] being run down by hit-and-run Horne," Citizens for a Better Arizona field director Beto Soto said.
Protesters were in the lobby of the Attorney General's Office for some time, signing "Amazing Grace" until Arizona State Capitol Police officers told everyone to leave at 5 p.m.
At that point, many left, but some -- who were holding an American flag in front of a portrait of Horne mounted on the wall -- were warned and arrested.
Tents were set up outside the AG's Office, presumably for some overnight protesting.
In related stunts, the same activists associated with CBA got a meeting with Horne last month, and once he said he wasn't budging on his position, they unfurled a large sign that said Horne's a cheater.
In another, the protesters brought in a taco truck, so they could symbolically trade in their high school diplomas for jobs on the taco truck.
UPDATE 3:20 p.m.: Organizers of the protest say those arrested at Horne's office were jailed for 10 hours.