Fox Decides: Law Providing In-State Tuition To Some Students Regardless Of Immigration Status Is "Flawed"

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Fox's supposedly "straight news" show, America's Newsroom, did a segment on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision not to hear a challenge to a California law that provides that students who attended California high school for at least three years and meet other requirements are eligible for in-state college tuition.

Anti-illegal immigration activists challenged the law in California courts, asserting that the statute conflicted with federal law because it did not have an exception barring illegal immigrants from receiving in-state tuition. The California Supreme Court upheld the law unanimously. The decision was written by Judge Ming W. Chin, who was appointed by former Republican Governor Pete Wilson (who was a strong supporter of the anti-illegal immigrant Proposition 187), and the opinion was joined by other Wilson appointees.

Anti-immigration activists were not satisfied, so they asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case. The high court refused to hear the case without any justice publicly stating his or her disagreement with the court's action.

Although there is no way to know why the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case, it would only take the votes of four justices (say Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito) to hear the case.

Case closed, right?

Not if you're Fox News. America's Newsroom spent a five minute segment hosting Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-CA) to attack the law. In the middle of the segment, the guest co-host of this supposedly "straight news" program, Alisyn Camerota, said to Bilbray: "It seems as though this law is flawed in a few ways." A few minutes later, as the segment was drawing to a close: "Well look, you've obviously made a very compelling case for what is wrong with the law. So why did the Supreme Court then endorse it yesterday?"

Not only that, but during the segment, a Fox News on-screen graphic slurred undocumented immigrants as "illegals."


Watch the segment:

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Education, Government, The Judiciary, Immigration
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Alisyn Camerota
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