Group Rallies For Immigrant Access To Education

With more restrictions possible for illegal immigrants seeking to attend college in North Carolina, one group is rallying across the state in support of easier access to higher education.

The Adelante Education Coalition plans to hold vigils Tuesday in Raleigh, Greensboro, Charlotte, Greenville and Asheville.

The group says it wants to rally support for policies that don't bar illegal immigrants from higher education.

Last year, the state community colleges board voted to accept illegal immigrants if they graduated from a U.S. high school, pay out-of-state tuition and don't displace a citizen.

A Republican state lawmaker has introduced a bill that would bar them entirely from public colleges in North Carolina.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

The vigil in Greenville takes place from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at New Covenant Community Church, 1212 North Greene St.

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  • by Debra Location: Greenville on Feb 5, 2011 at 07:36 AM
    Only those who are in the United States legally should have access to education; this is only fair. If I were in another country illegally, I should not have access to education either. Those who wish to have access to education should get a green card before hand.
  • by Why on Feb 4, 2011 at 10:56 PM
    Why are rhey being allowed to hold a rally? If ICE are looking the illegals just go to the rally put them in a bus and carry them to the border.What part of illegal do you not understand.IF YOU ARE HERE ILLEGALLY THE ONLY RIGHT YOU HAVE IS TO GO HOME NO MATTER WHAT COUNTRY YOU CAME FROM. Secure the border government do your job enforce the laws we allready have on the books then this debate,rallies&unmployment will be over.You don't need a higher education to figure that out!!!!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Feb 4, 2011 at 03:50 PM
    When you post to all you haters, you lost us right from the start. We know not everybody is lost your point by using the liberal coined word hater....sorry brother...we are not haters, we want people to follow the law. By the way..not all of us are lazy, just the socialists in this country...We just seem to notice that we have a lot of spanish speaking people that have no clue what we say to them...most people becoming citizens...normally speak at least in broke english...get it bro?
  • by To All You Haters on Feb 4, 2011 at 03:26 PM
    You have not gotten it yet, Americans are Lazy, your people brought the illegals here, but remember when you say illegal, you should be talking about not just mexico, but all the illegals in this country. Every illegal in this counrty are not mexican. America let the criminals that flew planes into our building, QUIT ASSOCIATING MEXICANS AS THE MAJORITY OF ILLEGALS, BECAUSE THEY ARE ONLY A SMALL PERCENTAGE LESS THAN 8%. You have Haitians, Dominicans, cubans, russian,italians,croatian. then This country allows the Gangs MS13,Columbians, how do they get away with what they do? The russian mafia is strong in this country. AMERICANS GET OFF YOUR RUMP AND WORK INSTEAD OR COLLECTING WELFARE AND BLAMING EVERYONE ELSE FOR YOUR FAILURE. You worried that someone is taking away from you, but are you using what is available, or are you just sitting on your rump complaining. Higher education is available use it, get of your rump and high horse. educate yourself and send them home forever.
  • by intheper Location: the per on Feb 4, 2011 at 06:49 AM
    ok, here we have some illegals wanting a college education off our backs. once they get the education, they can't be hired because they are illegal. so, that doesn't make much sense. and they dont pay taxes, americans do. they want an education paid for by american taxpayers, that they cant even use legally, and pay zero into the system themselves. pardon? whats wrong with that picture? their mothers and/or fathers have had 17 years to become us citizens, so why arent they? funny how laws can make us carry around proof of insurance, but not proof of citizenship. we can go to the moon, but cant secure the border.
  • by Sea Trout Location: Hyde County on Feb 3, 2011 at 09:27 PM
    Not an indian, but a military retired NCO. Had to work for everything I!ve had. Believe in working for what I!ve gotten. Do not believe in free education. Will get my administrative problem taken care of tomorrow. Thanks.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 3, 2011 at 05:15 PM
    so this group who is here illegally, who contribute not one dime of tax money.. demands the benefits of my tax that it???
  • by Republican on Feb 3, 2011 at 10:27 AM
    It wasn't written in Spanish or any other language - It was written for legal citizens of the USA...We need to take back our Country!!!! "I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, Under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
  • by Anonymous on Feb 3, 2011 at 10:03 AM
    I am sick to death of illegals overrunning our nation. The democrats will do all they can to help them and give them amnesty, because they know that will be a HUGE addition to their base of supporters. I refuse to learn one word of Spanish; this is AMERICA, these "immigrants" [who should all be deported, along with their anchor kids] should learn ENGLISH! Meanwhile, they're bleeding our social programs dry, sucking up our taxes like a vampire sucks blood. Thanks for nothing, Border Patrol!
  • by Deborah S. Location: Tarboro, NC on Feb 3, 2011 at 05:50 AM
    I know for a fact, and you can google it yourself that some (if not all) Universities will accept a non-American born student OVER one that was born here. They have to get their "diversity quota" in. I can love everyone but not one that wants to replace my kids spot just for that reason. Our tax dollars should go to support our own, not those who have NOT paid into the system!

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