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Justices turn aside appeal over tuition rates, illegal immigrants

By Bill Mears, CNN Supreme Court Producer

Washington (CNN) -- The Supreme Court has affirmed a California law giving illegal immigrants living there reduced in-state tuition rates at public universities, the same rates legal state residents enjoy.

The justices without comment Monday refused to accept an appeal from out-of-state students attending California schools, who said it was unfair they had to pay as much as $20,000 more than illegal immigrants.

The case is Martinez v. Regents of the University of California (10-1029).