Texas has provided a pathway to postsecondary opportunities for all individuals who live in Texas and have graduated from Texas high schools. This case is a reckless anti-immigrant attack that will negatively impact educational opportunities for all Texans.
The Fifth Circuit should reverse the district court’s ruling because it will cost UNT millions of dollars in revenue and impact its ability to provide high-quality academics, research, support services, and financial aid for all students.
Texas taxpayers pay for Texas higher education. The district court’s ruling allows out-of-state students to skip the line and avoid the standard one-year residency requirement at nearly every public institution in the nation.
Other Texas universities stand to lose millions under the district court’s flawed analysis. For example, if unable to collect out-of-state tuition, the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University would face potential shortfalls of $30 million and $21 million.
The district court-imposed tuition structure could cost Texans jobs and billions of dollars in economic benefits. University operations generate billions of dollars in economic activity and opportunity annually. A reduction in operations - likely to occur as a result of the injunction - will impact not only the quality of academic and student programs at UNT, but also the economic opportunities for the entire region.
The injunction will set Texas back on its strategic plan to expand college access and completion for all Texans - especially students of color.
For more information on the amicus brief visit the links below:
IDRA Files Amicus Brief in Fifth Circuit on Behalf of Student, Business and Higher Education Organizations in a Reckless Case Challenging Texas Tuition Laws https://idra.news/Amicus-w-UNTcc
IDRA’s Amicus Brief https://www.idra.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/YCT-v.-UNT-IDRA-Coalition-Amicus-Brief.pdf
President’s Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration Amicus Brief https://www.presidentsalliance.org/litigation/university-of-north-texas-amicus-brief/