Wednesday, May 20, 2015

In opposing DAPA, Arizona opposes economic development and public opinion

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Senator Catherine Miranda, chair of the Arizona Legislative Latino Caucus, released the following statement urging Attorney General Mark Brnovich to drop Arizona’s lawsuit to block implementation of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, or DAPA.

Sen. Miranda
“Every politician in this state agrees that economic development is important for our state’s future, but not every politician makes that their priority. Attorney General Brnovich’s refusal to drop Arizona’s lawsuit against DAPA demonstrates the misplaced priority that is placed on playing politics with the lives of hard working members of our communities rather than focusing on helping them and our economy,” said Senator Miranda.

“Despite many bills in Congress addressing the demand for skilled workers and allowing immigrant entrepreneurs to thrive in America, Congressional leadership allowed none to advance. Despite a recent report from the Center for American Progress showing the massive economic benefits of DAPA’s implementation, Arizona and other states celebrate the actions of an ideologically motivated judge’s decision to block DAPA. This is not what the people of Arizona want and it is not what the people of America want.

“On Saturday we all sat in the old Arizona Capitol celebrating the legacy of Governor Raul H. Castro. At that ceremony, attended by leaders from both parties, great praise was lauded on the man many call our first “dreamer,” who crossed the border without documentation, earned his education and utilized his talents to become one of our state’s great leaders.

“Attorney General Brnovich should honor Governor Castro’s legacy by removing Arizona from the lawsuit to stop DAPA and Arizona’s leaders should embrace those who are already contributing members of our communities because they promised to put economic growth first and because it is what the people of Arizona want.”

Thursday, May 7, 2015

In-state tuition is a victory for dreamers and Arizona

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Senator Catherine Miranda, chair of the Arizona Legislative Latino Caucus, released the following statement on the Arizona Board of Regents’ decision to grant in-state tuition to Arizona dreamers.
Sen. Miranda

“Today is the day for which Arizona's young dreamers and our Latino communities have long hoped. Finally our dreamers will be able to seek higher education at an affordable cost, fulfill their dreams as college graduates and soon join our economic workforce to help build a stronger Arizona,” said Senator Miranda. “I know that by allowing dreamers access to our state universities we will see an increase in these students applying, attending and graduating. These are students that have been oppressed for far too long and they are ready to bring innovation to our economy.”

“Thank you, Regents, for your courageous decision and for putting the best interests of Arizona first. I am delighted in the outcome of this decision and optimistic for the bright future in store for Arizona.”

Affordable college for dreamers will benefit all of Arizona

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIXSenator Martin Quezada released the following statement on the Arizona Board of Regents’ decision to grant in-state tuition to Arizona dreamers.

Sen. Quezada
“This week's ruling and today's decision by the Board of Regents to grant in-state tuition to Arizona dreamers is excellent news for our state as it will make it easier for us to have an educated and competitive workforce,” said Senator Quezada. “I am hopeful our Republican leaders finally recognize that their opposition to providing access to a higher education to these students places them on the wrong side of history and ultimately only harms us all as Arizonans.”

“I am thankful that more students can now afford to pursue a higher education and be contributing, positive and influential members of our society for whom we can all be proud.”

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

After time, money and a court ruling, Arizona finally must do what’s right

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Senator Catherine Miranda, chair of the Arizona Legislative Latino Caucus, released the following statement after a Maricopa Superior Court judge ruled that immigrants granted deferred deportation status by the Obama administration are eligible for in-state tuition.

Sen. Miranda
"This victory for Arizona dreamers is long overdue and will open the opportunity for them to improve their career prospects and contribute even more to their communities," said Sen. Miranda. "There is still work to be done, however, toward granting in-state tuition at our state universities. I met with regents this week to discuss that effort and am encouraged to see progress in the right direction on their part."

"While this ruling is cause for celebration, it's a shame it has taken time, money and a court ruling to get here. Our state's leaders should have made the right decision on in-state tuition for dreamers the first time."

Monday, May 4, 2015

Cuts to higher education taxes students, families and our future

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX Senate Democratic Leader Katie Hobbs released the following statement on today’s approval of tuition increases by the Arizona Board of Regents.

Sen. Hobbs
“Once again Arizona students will pay more to study at our state universities, with tuition at UofA topping $11,000. The U.S. Census says that's more than a fifth of the median household income,” said Senator Hobbs.

“Republicans blame the universities and our regents for these increases, yet they are the ones who put our higher learning institutions in the impossible position of balancing their books while seeing their state funding cut in half since 2008 - more than any other state..

“Those Republicans also proudly proclaim they didn't raise taxes. The truth behind this charade is that cutting almost $100 million from our universities in this year's budget is a burden put squarely on the backs of Arizona students and families, taxing their ability to avoid graduating with crippling student loans.

“The Arizona Constitution clearly states that university tuition ‘shall be as nearly free as possible.’ It's time to respect that tenet and ensure our state has an educated and innovative workforce that isn't just paying off debt, but able to invest in homes, their families and our state's future.”