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Community colleges finalize admission plan for illegal immigrants

Posted March 19, 2010

— The State Board of Community Colleges on Friday gave final approval to a policy to admit illegal immigrants at North Carolina's 58 two-year colleges.

The board in September initially approved the policy to allow illegal immigrants to enroll if they graduated from a U.S. high school and paid out-of-state rates of about $7,000 a year. Under the policy, lawful U.S. residents would have priority to crowded classrooms.

The policy still must go through the state Rules Review Commission, and if the commission receives at least 10 objections to it, the issue would be referred to state lawmakers.

The General Assembly could pass a law to block the policy from taking effect, but if lawmakers take no action on it, the policy would go into effect.


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  • dlb800 Mar 22, 2010

    rbh330, I hope you don't have kids.

    If you are not LEGAL, then you are ILLEGAL. ILLEGAL means it's against a law. It doesn't matter whether there is a punishment for it or not, but it doesn't mean it's legal.

  • TarHeelBrit Mar 19, 2010

    "That is just until the government makes them citizens, without having to do anything which should make the legals that have come here and jumped through all the hoops to become citizens really angry."

    You're right it does, I met my husband 12 years ago while he was on business in the UK. 12 years later and a few thousand dollars poorer I'm a citizen. Hell I should have just slipped into the country as an illegal and saved the money.

    Do it the right way and get screwed.

  • aforte0024 Mar 19, 2010

    Congrats...maybe it will be the start of reform thats long waited for. Too bad they didn't have this before my husband graduated from UNC. We sure would have saved alot of money between college transfers. For once, I can proudly agree with something of this debate!!!! So for all the one's who disagree it doesn't affect you, you do only pay around 1500 or less if you receive pell, so I guess its a balance right?

  • CuriousT Mar 19, 2010

    erivera11 -

    NOTHING in anything I've said is about hate or about race. It's interesting that you jumped to that conclusion first though.

    I didn't specifically mention Hispanics - that was YOUR ASSUMPTION. Illegals come from all sorts of countries, not just Mexico. Though I'm sure our state has attracted a higher average of Hispanics than other minorities because of how close we are to that end of the country.

    As for the scholarship thing, it's true that it's not my decision to make directly. HOWEVER, that grant money they'll get will come from MY GOVERNMENT spending MY TAX DOLLARS. Since I AM a community college student it directly effects my education. I've been paying my own way with no help from anyone for some time now. I also work full-time to support my "education habit".

    ILLEGALS WILL BE GIVEN 1st priority - no matter what any administration; Federal, State, or Ed. Dept. says - because they're "minority students" and will be paying with the HIGHER student fee r

  • davidkresge1 Mar 19, 2010

    Under Title 8 Section 1325 of the U.S. Code, "Improper Entry by Alien," any citizen of any country other than the United States who:

    * Enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers; or
    * Eludes examination or inspection by immigration officers; or
    * Attempts to enter or obtains entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or the willful concealment of a material fact;

    has committed a federal crime.

    Violations are punishable by criminal fines and imprisonment for up to six months. Repeat offenses can bring up to two years in prison. Additional civil fines may be imposed at the discretion of immigration judges, but civil fines do not negate the criminal sanctions or nature of the offense.

  • davidkresge1 Mar 19, 2010

    Put them in jail and allow real Americans (natural or otherwise) get the education. If you have extra spaces--GREAT!!! We don't need overcrowded schools to begin with. All this teaches is that lawlessness is okay. While they are locked up begin the deportation process.

  • rbh330 Mar 19, 2010

    1. This discussion is not all about "Mexicans." There are people from many other nations here in NC, and they would like some way to continue their education, even if they have to pay top dollar for it.
    2. Do you anti-immigration people really think that thousands of illegals are jumping the fence every night and racing to NC so they can enroll in Wake Tech? You are engaging in non sequiturs here. Anyone who enrolls in a Community College still has to go through the required criminal records checks, etc.
    3. It is NOT a crime to simply be here illegally. Giuliani, who is an attorney, got flack for stating this, but it is true. Our criminal statutes provide for criminal penalties such as fines, imprisonment, or both. Tell me: what is the criminal penalty for crossing the border without papers? We don't lock people up for it (except in detention while we are trying to determine status). The "worst" that could happen is they have to go back. This means the "crime" of being here illegally i

  • 5-113 FA Retired Mar 19, 2010

    So if you cannot use the "alien" word, why does their identifico say, Resident "Alien?"

  • donnied1952 Mar 19, 2010

    So if they bring this up once a year, and they don't really headline it, I guess that our leaders think we won't notice it.

    They have brought up this same thing every year for the past three and the answer is always the same,


    And if you bleeding heart liberals think that the illegals will be paying the 7K, wrong. That will be provided through some sort of grant.

    That is just until the government makes them citizens, without having to do anything which should make the legals that have come here and jumped through all the hoops to become citizens really angry.

    Don't you people get it. The government wants to turn the whole country into a sharing the wealth society and that's called communisium. Thank you bev and obama.

  • 1 of the original Americans Mar 19, 2010

    Yeahhh!!! I knew this was going to pass when I saw the first posting!!! Love it!!! Cant wait for educated Hispanic Manager and directors etc!!!