NC Community Colleges To Hear About Illegal Immigrant Policy

The panel that oversees operations of North Carolina's community colleges hears from the public about plans to admit illegal immigrants if they pay the full cost.

A public hearing Friday in Raleigh is part of the process the State Board of Community Colleges must follow to change the admissions rules. People unable to attend have until the end of the business day to submit comments by e-mail or letter.

The community colleges board in September approved a policy to enroll undocumented immigrants if they pay out-of-state tuition rates and have graduated from an American high school. They also can't displace students who are in the U.S. legally.

The new rule would take effect in April if it makes it through the approval process.


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  • by Anonymous on Dec 27, 2009 at 05:50 AM
    Those who have allowed illegals into out community colleges are Democrats. Erskine Bowles, Democrat is over the system. You don't like the policy don't vote Democrat!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 26, 2009 at 08:15 PM
    "And if they left how would you eat mexican food?" congraulations Sarah for the stupidest comment of the month!
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Dec 26, 2009 at 02:29 PM
    If I am not mistaken it is against the law to hire an illegal, so why is it not against the law for them to attend school with government officials knowing they are illegal?
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Dec 23, 2009 at 10:06 PM
    Actually, Sarah.. I know a lot of Americans who have had the difficult labor kind of jobs you mention and continue to do them. Oh, if "they left" as you put it, I'd eat Mexican food just fine because I know how to cook it myself, and no I don't mean opening a can of refried beans. Furthermore, you don't have to be in the US *illegally* to be able to cook traditional Mexican food so that's just silly, not that this has anything to do with the subject.
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Dec 22, 2009 at 01:19 PM
    The panel overseers need to put up big signs (in spanish & english) in front of all colleges "AT THE AMERICAN TAX PAYERS REQUEST, PLEASE LEAVE THE PREMISES IF YOU ARE NOT A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN OF THE US! all US citizens must show 5 forms of valid identification before enrolling". This would help the issue greatly. No one cares about offending here, we only want to keep the offenders from stealing our money. Well said Sarah and Audra!
  • by SARAH on Dec 19, 2009 at 06:41 AM
    Well if the americans would get out there and do the jobs that the hispanics do and work as hard as they do then maybe there would not be a problem. But the americans do not want to do those jobs do they? I want to see the americans out there in the tobacco; the hog, chicken, and turkey farms; and in the hot sun or the cold weather just like the hispanics and the you can complain. And if they left how would you eat mexican food?
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Dec 18, 2009 at 03:21 PM
    Im sorry but... well, no Im not sorry - no one should be able to take advantage of the education system here if they were not born here, or legally naturalized. Im so sick of the loopholes and work-arounds. Im tired of seeing the DMV handbook printed in spanish. The road signs are in ENGLISH, hello! If u went to move to some other countries, they have regulations like speak the language, have a job lined up so you're not ending up the equivelant of a wellfare case, have a place to live etc. etc. We're too light on people and it's demolished our economy. It's time to put a stop to the nonsense.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 18, 2009 at 03:16 PM
    "They also can't replace students that are in the US legally"..? Are there students that are in the US illegally?
  • by Anonymous on Dec 18, 2009 at 02:51 PM
    Why don't we follow the democrat lead and tax them out of here. Since their presence puts a burden on our welfare and medical systems it's only fair to tax those who can't or wont learn english. How about taxing those who hire illegals heavilly. Forget ICE raids since Nappy says we don't do that anymore. Lets sick the IRS on them and see how bad they want to live here!
  • by Chris Location: greenville on Dec 18, 2009 at 11:02 AM
    How bout charging them "out-of-country" tuition, and then adding a criminal surcharge to aid hard working Americans who can't stop working to attend school fulltime. Then they have to speak, read and write english to be eligible to attend community colleges. Call the english literacy... "a pre-requisite"
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