Detroit, Michigan July 18, 2013 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today welcomed the decision by the Board of Regents at the University of Michigan’s to allow undocumented students to qualify for in-state tuition if they can prove they graduated from a Michigan high school and attended at least some middle and high school in the state. The decision comes at the end of more than a year of review, prompted by student activists from the Coalition for Tuition Equality and One Michigan.

ADL Michigan Director Heidi Budaj issued the following statement:

Like their counterparts born in the state, the children of immigrants who will benefit from this new policy have been raised and educated in Michigan, have worked hard, excelled in their studies, and graduated from state high schools.  In the past, too many of these talented immigrant students would graduate without hope of attending the state’s flagship university, ineligible for in-state tuition subsidies and other benefits afforded to Michigan residents.

These students grew up in Michigan – they had no role in their undocumented entry to the U.S. The University of Michigan has wisely recognized that providing these students equal access to in-state tuition rates will help make it possible for them to achieve success and contribute materially to our society – continuing the best traditions of our nation of immigrants.

We applaud this welcome action by the Regents and the leadership of President Mary Sue Coleman on this initiative.

ADL has long supported measures that improve access to post-secondary education for immigrant students as an important pillar of comprehensive immigration reform. In June 2012, ADL welcomed President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative, which allowed certain undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children to apply for work authorization and defer deportation for at least two years.

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