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2 students allowed to participate in Arizona tuition suit

PHOENIX — A judge has ruled two students can help the Maricopa County Community College District defend itself against a lawsuit that seeks to block the district's policy of providing in-state tuition to young immigrants granted deferred deportation by the Obama administration.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Arthur Anderson granted a request by community college students Abel Badillo and Bibiana Vasquez to become part of Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne's lawsuit.

The students argued that they had interest in the lawsuit because they have been given in-state tuition status and would have to pay more expensive out-of-state tuition if the state wins the case.

Opponents of the policy said that extending reduced tuition to those youths violates a state law that prohibits any immigrant without legal status from receiving public benefits.

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