Classnotes Podcast 243

The Law in Education – YCT v Smatresk at UNT – Classnotes Podcast 243 | Classnotes Podcast 243

Classnotes Podcast 243Classnotes Podcast (July 1, 2024) A recent court ruling stopped a case filed by the Young Conservatives of Texas that was an anti-immigrant attack on the Texas Dream Act. This act recognizes that Texas high school graduates, regardless of immigration status, deserve an equal opportunity to go to college and that they contribute significantly to our state’s economy.

The Young Conservatives of Texas v. [President] Neal Smatresk case sought to bar the University of North Texas (UNT) from collecting nonresident tuition from out-of-state students. This would have cost the university millions and threatened to compromise the integrity of the Texas higher education funding system.

This podcast episode continues our series of episodes on education and the law, where IDRA works to uplift the stories behind landmark cases and laws impacting education civil rights. IDRA Chief Legal Analyst Paige Duggins-Clay, J.D., talks Monica Andrade, manager of state policy with the President’s Alliance, and Michael Adams-Hurta, partner at Wright Close & Barger. They discuss the litigation challenge that sought to undermine immigrant students’ rights to access higher education and how the case connects to other anti-immigrant efforts to attack and isolate immigrant students in education.

Show length: 41:31 min


Court Sides with UNT by Reversing Anti-Immigrant Tuition Challenge Fifth Circuit Court Order – IDRA & Presidents’ Alliance React to Young Conservatives of Texas v. Neal Smatresk et al., July 11, 2023

IDRA and President’s Alliance Joint Statement on Oral Argument: UNT Court Case Underscores Threat to Texas’ Higher Education and Students – IDRA & Presidents’ Alliance React to Oral Arguments in University of North Texas Case, February 13, 2023

Podcast: A Reckless Anti-Immigration Lawsuit Challenges Texas Tuition Laws, Latino Business Report episode featuring Paige Duggins-Clay, J.D., IDRA, August 23, 2022

IDRA Statement on Amicus Brief: IDRA Files Amicus Brief in Fifth Circuit on Behalf of Student, Business and Higher Education Organizations in a Reckless Case Challenging Texas Tuition Laws – Injunction Could Cost Universities Millions, Reduce Funds for Academics and Supports for Texas Students, August 5, 2022

IDRA Amicus Brief in Young Conservatives of Texas Foundation v. Smatresk on behalf of 12 business, higher education and student organizations, August 1, 2022

President’s Alliance Higher Education Immigration Portal

IDRA Statement on District Court Ruling: IDRA Denounces Court Ruling Jeopardizing Texas’ Dream Act, April 13, 2022

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Show Notes

  • Monica talks about her role at the Presidents’ Alliance and outlines the organization’s advocacy work for undocumented international and refugee students.

  • Michael recounts how he teamed up with the Presidents’ Alliance on the amicus brief for Young Conservatives of Texas v. Neal Smatresk.

  • Michael gives an overview of the case, including the fallout from the initial decision by the federal district court.

  • Michael explains how public universities came to charge in-state and out-of-state tuition over time.

  • Monica discusses the movement that gave immigrant students and families the opportunity to access higher education through in-state tuition, including the passage of the Texas Dream Act.

  • Michael talks about the unique legal strategy employed by the Young Conservatives of Texas in the case, and how that approach was parsed by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

  • Monica considers the current political climate and discussions around tuition equity and immigrant students’ rights to education, and explains why the issue should matter to non-immigrants, too.