Three illegal immigrants, shielded from deportation by President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, are suing three Missouri colleges, charging the schools’ tuition is too high.

The Missouri branch of the American Civil Liberties Union filed three separate suits on behalf of the unnamed illegal immigrant students against the University of Missouri, St. Louis Community College and the Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City this week calling for the students to receive in-state tuition rates.

“It is shameful to treat DACA students like outcasts, when they have lived, worked and gone to schools in this country since they were children,” Tony Rothert, legal director of the ACLU of Missouri, said in a statement.

At issue is the preamble to an education appropriations bill Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed this year.

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