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Gov. Doug Ducey and state Attorney General Mark Brnovich are heading to Mexico City this week with a delegation of other powerful civic and business leaders.

Their trek to the south is more than a goodwill gesture to our neighboring country. They’re on a mission to cement economic ties with one of the state’s top trading partners and help each other combat crime.

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Ducey and Brnovich have shown to be practical politicians. Now, they have an opportunity to show Mexico their appreciation — by dropping Arizona's legal fight to keep young undocumented immigrants known as "dreamers" from getting in-state college tuition.

Many of those dreamers in Arizona are from Mexico.

This fight has gone on long enough

This week, a three-judge Arizona Court of Appeals panel took up a five-year-old case on the legality of allowing thousands of dreamers to pay in-state tuition. These are young people protected under President Barack Obama’s DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program.

It doesn’t make sense to continue the fight – regardless of Brnovich and Ducey’s stance on illegal immigration. These are people who were brought to the country illegally as children, through no fault of their own.

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This is how the legal battle has played out:

Obama signed an executive order giving qualified youngsters working permits and protecting them from deportation.

The Maricopa County Community College District recognized the work permits as proof of Arizona residency, allowing dreamers to pay in-state tuition. Brnovich’s precedessor didn't like that and sued the colleges in Maricopa County Superior Court. He lost.

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That would have been the end of it had Brnovich not appealed. Now, dreamers are once again fretting they may face the higher out-of-state tuition, which many say they can't afford.

Brnovich’s legal team argued that DACA students aren’t here lawfully and thus are prohibited from getting the lower tuition rate under voter-approved Proposition 300. The law prevents those without lawful immigration status from receiving in-state tuition or other benefits toward college.

Mia Garcia, Brnovich's spokeswoman, argues that her boss has been consistent defending voter-approved measures and will continue to do so.

Fair enough.

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Ducey has remained silent on the issue. But he has the power to take dreamers out of limbo.

The governor should issue an executive order granting DACA students in-state tuition. After all, these students aren’t asking for a handout, simply the same opportunity as any other Arizona resident.

Elvia Díaz is an editorial columnist for The Republic and azcentral. Reach her at 602-444-8606 or elvia.diaz@arizonarepublic.com. Follow her on Twitter, @elviadiaz1.

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