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Arizona sues community colleges in tuition fight

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By CRISTINA SILVA
Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona is suing one of the nation's largest community college systems for providing reduced tuition to young immigrants granted deferred deportation by the Obama administration.

A spokeswoman for Attorney General Tom Horne said Wednesday that the state had filed action to block Maricopa County Community College District from offering in-state tuition to those immigrants.

Horne alleges that the policy violates state law, which prohibits any immigrant without legal status from receiving public benefits. Horne's office had been threatening to sue the school system over its tuition policy for months.

Officials from the school district had directed Horne in April to pursue legal action so that a judge would review Arizona's law and provide clarity. School officials say the students are legal immigrants and should receive reduced tuition.

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