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State community colleges review illegal immigrant students PDF Print
Tuesday, 27 November 2007 18:17
North Carolina’s community colleges have to admit illegal immigrants, provided they are 18-years-old and high school graduates- a legal decision that reverses a 2004 rule that gave campuses the option to say no.
According to the Associated Press, leaders at 37 of the 58 community college campuses statewide already had agreed to permit these immigrants to enroll in their schools. Giving colleges discretion to deny admission based on legal status in August of 2004 goes against the system’s open-door admissions policy, officials say. While that was good news for the children of foreign workers brought to America while they were minors, conservative groups were against the policy. They say illegal immigrants shouldn’t be allowed to enroll and receive educational benefits set aside for citizens. They say training students to enter the work force means the state is encouraging companies to hire illegal aliens.
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