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Community Colleges President defends Illegal Immigrant Policy PDF Print
Tuesday, 04 December 2007 21:02

The state community college system president defended a new policy yesterday that allows illegal immigrants to enroll on all community college campuses.

Doing otherwise, he says, runs counter to the state’s open admissions policy. Martin Lancaster released a statement to reporters yesterday saying children of people who enter the country illegally shouldn’t be punished after attending public schools by being denied a college education.


The new rule, released last week, counters a 2004 policy that gave state community colleges the power to decide whether to admit undocumented immigrants. About two-thirds of campuses chose to allow the undocumented students.


Lancaster is retiring soon and the state community college board will meet Thursday to decide his successor.
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