Beyer Commends Va. Attorney General’s Action on Immigrants’ Education

Contact:  Tia Shuyler, (703)

April 29, 2014 (Alexandria, VA) – Applauding Attorney General Mark Herring’s decision today to allow immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to qualify for in-state tuition, congressional candidate and former Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer claimed the move was “just commonsense fairness.”

“These young people are making tangible contributions to the prosperity of Virginia,” Beyer said.  “We embrace their efforts to further their education and join us as we build a new Virginia.”

The opinion issued by Herring and announced this morning cleared the way for Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to qualify for in-state tuition. The move will enhance access to higher education by making Virginia universities, colleges, and community colleges far more affordable for undocumented immigrant students.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services define DACA as students or graduates who came to the U.S. before turning 16 and were physically present in the country and at least 31 years of age by or before June 2012, and have never been convicted of a felony.