Judge says Texas university can’t charge out-of-state residents more than migrants

A spokesman for the University of North Texas said it was reviewing the ruling and has filed a notice of appeal.

A federal judge has barred officials at University of North Texas from charging out-of-state residents higher tuition than immigrants in the country illegally who under Texas law can pay in-state rates, saying the requirement is unconstitutional.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Sean Jordan in Sherman marked a victory for a conservative youth organization that sued last year over the requirement and has the potential to impact other public universities in Texas.

Robert Henneke, a lawyer for the plaintiff at the conservative at Texas Public Policy Foundation, said, “This is a seismic occurrence for higher education in Texas.”

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