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Commissioners split on idea of illegal immigrants at Wake Tech

Posted November 2, 2009

— A tie vote among Wake County commissioners on Monday scuttled a proposed resolution against the state's recent decision to allow illegal immigrants to enroll in community colleges.

The North Carolina Board of Community Colleges voted in September to allow illegal immigrants to enroll at any of the state's 58 two-year colleges, provided they graduated from a U.S. high school and pay out-of-state tuition rates. Also, lawful U.S. residents would have priority to crowded classrooms.

Illegal Immigration Norwalk: Resolution on immigrants 'shameful'

Wake County Commissioner Paul Coble introduced a resolution Monday saying the move was "met with disfavor and is received unfavorably" by the Board of Commissioners because many local residents are upset by the state's decision. The resolution also directed  County Manager David Cooke to write a letter of objection to the community college system board.

The idea was killed when the Board of Commissioners split 3-3 on the resolution. Commissioners Tony Gurley and Joe Bryan supported Coble's resolution, while commissioners Betty Lou Ward, Lindy Brown and Stan Norwalk voted against it.

Board of Commissioners Chairman Harold Webb, who is recovering from a recent stroke, didn't attend the meeting.

"I'm not sure what part of illegal those of you who don't support this do not understand," Coble told his fellow commissioners.

Tony Asion, executive director of El Pueblo, an local advocacy group for Latinos, said most of the students who would be enrolling under the new policy were brought to the U.S. as children and have grown up in the country.

"The sad part is (opposition to the state's decision is) on the backs of children that should be able to go to school," Asion said.

Norwalk and others said they felt Coble's resolution was strictly political.

"I am embarrassed this would come before the board," he said. "I think it's shameful."

Only four of the more than 17,000 students who take classes at Wake Technical Community College are in the U.S. illegally, and President Steve Scott said the college makes about $2,000 in profit on each by charging out-of-state tuition.

"I am an educator. I am in the business of providing education to as many people as possible," Scott said.

North Carolina's community colleges have changed their policies on enrolling illegal immigrants four times since 2000. The latest change won't take effect until next year, allowing colleges to implement administrative rules to carry out the policy.

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  • kilnntime Nov 3, 2009

    What is there to be split about? If they are here illegally they have broken the law. If its illegal to hire them what is the point of educating them? send them back to where they came from, anything else is aiding and abetting a criminal. This shouldn't even be a discussion, send them home.

  • billbluenc Nov 3, 2009

    How do we get rid of the Board?

    ......................

    How can we vote them out ?

  • delilahk2000 Nov 3, 2009

    IF THESE COMMISSIONERS ARE EAGER TO BREAK OUR LAWS, IT MAKES ME WONDER WHAT OTHER LAWS THEY ARE BREAKING. IT JUST AMAISES ME, WHY WE ARE SO WILLING TO LET THESE PEOPLE BREAK OUR LAWS AND WE HELP THEM TO DO SO. WHY ARE WE LAYING OUT THE RED CARPET AND LETTING THEM BENIFIT FROM IT, WHILE WE SLAP OUR LAW ABIDING CITIZENS IN THE FACE. I JUST DO NOT GET IT. IT IS SO SIMPLE (YOU DO NOT GET ANYTHING FOR BEING HERE ILLEGAL, ED., FOOD STAMPS, FREE MEDICAL, ETC. WHILE I GET SHOWN THE DOOR WHEN I NEED HELP, AND I BREAK NO LAWS.) ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

  • affirmativediversity Nov 3, 2009

    Mako II

    I'm not sure what kind of "scientific study" you undertook BUT it was flawed.

    I hadn't posted anything all day until after you decided I'd done something. Contrary to popular belief, I actually have a life and have been away from my PC all day.

    So, whatever you think you found out...think again!

  • affirmativediversity Nov 3, 2009

    The current system favors the wealthy and educated. per denaapooh04

    --------------------------------

    Really? Why don't you tell that to the hundreds of thousands of people who immigrate to the USA every year with hardly a dime in their pocket BUT a BIG DREAM in their minds!

    "Favors the wealthy and educated" that's just plain ignorant and demeaning in so many ways its shocking!

  • MakoII Nov 3, 2009

    When I saw all my posts in a row stripped, I did some scientific investigation and figured out the trigger.

    Since you have often complained of having your posts censored, I figured you'd be VERY interested in it.

    Nothing personal. Post away....

  • affirmativediversity Nov 3, 2009

    Good Job Mako II

    You managed to stifle discussion and erase helpful information on a subject of interest to a great many people in North Carolina.

    Your Progressive Masters will be so proud!

  • MakoII Nov 3, 2009

    Look, no "diversity"! (affirmatively)

  • MakoII Nov 3, 2009

    Hey, Check this out. All you gotta do is hit the "Report Abuse" link and you can effectively censor comments you don't like to see.

    Just like have been done with all mine.

    Just like this one will be.

    Way to go from taking a forum about the Wake board and turning into an experiment in censorship GOLO!!

  • djcgriffin Nov 3, 2009

    The current system favors the wealthy and educated. It also favors those country with which the US has a prior agreement and the US grants those people refugee status. It ignores the drug wars that are going on south of the border. Why wouldn't the US grant those people running from that turmoil refugee status?

    Do your research people! There is a reason why the country is up in arms about this topic but not others. *ahem* the wars or the deficit

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