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