Mexican Universities Suspend Programs At U Of Arizona Over Immigration Law

07/10/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Two Mexican universities have discontinued their exchange programs with the University of Arizona in response to the state's recently passed immigration law.

The Arizona Republic reports:

The National Autonomous University of Mexico says it will no longer send students to the UA as part of academic-exchange programs because of fears they will be harassed, said Francisco Marmolejo, the UA's assistant vice president for western hemisphere programs.

The Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí, a state college in eastern Mexico, also has suspended all exchange programs, he said.

The decision immediately affects 14 students who were scheduled to visit this summer - four nursing students from San Luis Potosí and 10 scientific researchers from UNAM, as the national college is known. The University of Arizona has about 200 Mexican students, he said.

Marmolejo told the Republic that the universities fear their students will be harassed in Arizona.

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