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The Court of Appeals, however, said the 2006 ballot measure is limited exclusively to those with "lawful immigration status".

The Arizona Supreme Court ruled that young immigrants in the program started by former President Barack Obama are not eligible for lower in-state college tuition.

The ruling could affect upward of 2,000 DACA recipients who now attend community colleges or state universities in Arizona and pay in-state rates, the Republic reported.

Monday's decision will affect more than 2,000 students enrolled in Arizona's community colleges and three public universities.

The press conference was mostly focused on the stories of the DACA recipients rather than the next steps they're taking in the fight for in-state tuition.

The university system used that ruling to offer lower tuition and continued the practice when the Court of Appeals ruled past year that federal and state law don't allow lower tuition for DACA students.

The high court heard arguments last week in the case affecting participants in the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA.

The decision on Monday comes on the heels of a similar move in Missouri last month to continue a ban on in-state tuition for college DACA students.

In January, people marched in solidarity with DACA recipients at the Women's March to the Polls at the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix.

Rates are substantially less than what non-resident students pay.

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"While people can disagree what the law should be, I hope we all can agree that the attorney general must enforce the law as it is, not as we want it to be", Brnovich said in a statement on Monday.

Bales said the high court's decision doesn't impede any action Arizona lawmakers may take to extend in-station tuition rates to undocumented students, although doing so may run afoul of a constitutional mandate barring the Legislature from undoing the will of voters. "As Attorney General, my duty is to uphold the law and the will of more than one million voters who passed Proposition 300 in 2006". A student who attended an Arizona high school for at least three years, graduated from an Arizona high school and is "lawfully present" in the state is eligible for a tuition rate of 150 percent of in-state tuition.

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"This clarification does nothing to alter our steadfast commitment to making higher education a reality for all Arizona high school graduates, including those who have DACA status", Crow, the ASU president, said in a statement.

"We are disappointed with the Court's decision, but are now reviewing the ruling with legal counsel to ensure the District is taking the appropriate steps to comply with the Court's decision".

The Show's Lauren Gilger spoke with her, and asked what her reaction was Tuesday when she found out about the Arizona Supreme Court's decision.

"It is a disheartening decision and this all could have been prevented if we had a permanent solution - and obviously if Trump hadn't taken away DACA, we would still be able to have a way to work legally and to continue to have a way to support our families and our communities", Martinez said.

Immigrant advocates say the ruling will create a barrier to education for immigrants seeking to attend college or a university. "We just think that it is important that these legislators are held accountable".

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