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DREAMers Burn High School Diplomas at AG's Office to Protest College-Tuition Lawsuit

DREAMers burned their high school diplomas in front of Tom Horne's office today.
DREAMers burned their high school diplomas in front of Tom Horne's office today.
Image: Ray Stern

Several DREAMers burned copies of their high school diplomas at the state Attorney General's Office today to protest a lawsuit that would deny them in-state college tuition.

Dressed in graduation garb, four group members then tried to deliver a burrito from a food truck to Horne, hoping to symbolize their potential future without a degree.

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AG Tom Horne launched the lawsuit against the Maricopa Community Colleges in June in an effort to get the colleges to stop giving in-state tuition to young undocumented immigrants who qualify for deferred immigration enforcement under a policy set last year by the Obama Administration.

Tuesday's made-for-TV-media event at Horne's office, 1275 West Washington Street, was put on by Citizens for a Better Arizona and appeared to be coordinated by activist Randy Parraz.

Last week, Horne met with a dozen members from the group at his office, listening to their pleas to drop the lawsuit. Horne wouldn't budge, so the group unveiled a poster that included the line that Horne "cheated on his wife." One activist was arrested and handcuffed when she defied an order by Arizona Department of Public Safety officers to leave.

Today, DPS officers made sure no one got past the front lobby. But Parraz and the group made their point.

Raquel Guerrero, who went to Estrella High School in Avondale, says she's going to college and working toward her career goals.

"If they take away that, they take away my life," she says.

Out-of-state tuition is nearly triple the cost, and that's too much, the DREAMers say.

Raquel Guerrero (with Democratic activist Barry McCain behind her).
Raquel Guerrero (with Democratic activist Barry McCain behind her).
Image: Ray Stern
Randy Parraz directs a food truck outside the AG's headquarters.
Randy Parraz directs a food truck outside the AG's headquarters.

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