Martinez, et al. v. Regents of the University of California, et al. (September 15, 2008, Third Appellate District) is starting to generate a fair bit of press/media coverage:
- The Central Valley Business Times authored one of the earlier articles on the decision, In-state tuition for illegal aliens questioned by court, brief though that article was.
- The Reporter (Vacaville) took the opportinity of the decsion to comment on California's budgetary crisis: "California is going bankrupt because of the phantom issue that no one in Sacramento wants address or even recognize exists. That issue is the influx of illegal aliens and the drain on the state." (Catherine Ann Howard, Time to plug the drain on our state resources (September 16, 2008) www.thereporter.com.)
- Metropolitan News-Enterprise provided detailed coverage in Kenneth Ofgang's September 16, 2008 article, Court of Appeal Revives Challenge to Law on Aliens’ Tuition.
- For a sampling of opinions from Californian's take a look at this collection of comments on the ruling, collected by San Diego Channel 6 news.
- The legal blogosphere has been fairly quiet about this decision. However, I did find a post, entitled California Statute Allowing In-State College Tuition for Illegal Aliens Is Preempted by Federal Law, at the Volokh Conspiracy.
This is just a sample of the dialog and reporting that are developing right now; more commentary will surely follow.