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Feds: Colleges can enroll illegal immigrants

Posted May 9, 2008

— North Carolina's community colleges can decide whether they want to enroll illegal immigrants, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said Friday.

The state Attorney General's Office said this week that the 58 campuses in the North Carolina Community College System should tighten up admissions standards for illegal immigrants and more closely follow federal law.

The system last fall began admitting any illegal immigrant who was at least 18 years old and a high school graduate. Gov. Mike Easley said Thursday that he supported that policy, noting federal law doesn't clearly outline when illegal immigrants can attend community college.

Richard Rocha, a spokesman for ICE, said Friday that illegal immigrants can apply to any school, but they run the risk of deportation if they are caught in the country.

"It is left for the school to decide whether or not to enroll out-of-status or undocumented non-immigrants," Rocha said in a statement. "The Department of Homeland Security does not require any school to determine a student’s (immigration) status."

Community college officials had been expected to decide Friday how to proceed, but said they needed more time to formulate a plan.

Of the nearly 300,000 curriculum students in community colleges statewide, 112 are illegal immigrants, according to the latest state figures. Twenty-seven of the 200,000 students in the University of North Carolina system are illegal immigrants.

All of the illegal immigrants pay out-of-state tuition at both UNC and community college campuses.


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  • dogman1973 May 12, 2008

    I would like to share with you intelligent people what my District House Representative Alice Bordsen told me...."Please keep in mind that the total number of these folks in our community college population of 227,000 is only 112. And they were brought here as children by their parents. Additionally, since they pay out of state tuition, they actually subsidize the instate tuition of our instate students."
    Basically, ignore all criminal activity so as long as they make the most minute financial contribution to our state!

  • dogman1973 May 12, 2008

    Again, folks please email your state legislators and let them know how you feel.....http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/Help/KnowledgeBase/viewItem.pl?nID=27
    And least I forget Mike Easy on illegals.... http://www.governor.state.nc.us/email.asp?to=1

  • bomanicous May 9, 2008

    Since most of the ILLEGALS are illiterate in spanish I'm sure they'll soon be lowering the education standards to accommodate them. This is absolutely ridiculous and a slap in the face to every citizen (immigrant or non-immigrant) of this country.

  • irishale May 9, 2008

    "Are they going to be allowed to vote soon?"

    Seems to me they can... if I remember right, for the 'quickie' registration they were doing, all you needed was a utility bill with your name on it... which I'm sure the utilities check the immigration status of all their customers, right ? Seems to me that should be the biggest thing we should be worried about!

    BTW, the term 'undocumented worker' is really getting on my last nerve... it's called "illegal alien", because that's what it is. ILLEGAL. Calling it anything else is hate speech against the laws of our country.

  • Rick Davout May 9, 2008

    Is this a bad dream or just bad government?

  • Ric The Red Neck Smithfield NC May 9, 2008

    Ok.... what I can;t understand is it is illegal to hire illegal aliens \, yet we can give them an education?

  • tiggers May 9, 2008

    I thought it was against the law to help or harbor an illegal in this state... how can the schools allow one illegal, much less 112 (as reported in the article) in community colleges statewide without getting caught, fined and publicly humiliated as well as lose thier funding??

  • determined2win May 9, 2008

    The Democrats are using this method to slide them into society in order to gain future votes...

  • Pressed Into Action May 9, 2008

    "Why didn't we hear more of this before Tuesday???"

    John Deere Girl,

    I'm sure Bev Perdue has a plan to preclude illegals from free tuition, just like all the other successful infrastructure services that the taxpayers provide and the illegals exploit.

    Indeed, why didn't we hear about this before Tuedsay??

  • Redneck_Bob May 9, 2008

    Just another fine example of how our government is raping the taxpayers of the US. Wait a minute, isn't rape against the law? Oh well, that is our government hardly at work(as usual).