NC Governor Candidates Oppose Admissions Change For Immigrants

By: Tom Skinner
By: Tom Skinner

The five leading candidates for governor next year agree on at least one thing: they don't want illegal immigrants to enroll in community colleges.

Democratic candidates Bev Perdue and Richard Moore joined the
three top Republicans yesterday in opposing a decision by the state
community college office to mandate the enrollment of undocumented
individuals.

Moore told reporters illegal aliens should not be allowed to
attend the state's 58 community colleges.

Perdue campaign spokesman David Kochman says the lieutenant
governor opposes the decision by a college system attorney this
month that overturned a policy giving each campus discretion to
accept immigrants.

Republicans Bill Graham, Bob Orr and Fred Smith want the college
system board to override the latest change.


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  • by Kaye Location: Nashville, NC on May 6, 2008 at 07:19 AM
    I feel for the illegal children also but what does it tell our young people when we endorse an illegal movement? No matter what the circumstances, the illegals are just that, whether they are 50 or 1 year old. That may not be the children's fault, but it isn't mine either. It is still against the law. What is preventing the illegals to apply for and to wait for citizenship? Another thing is that a free college would mean that we would still pay for it in the long run because the teachers would have to be paid, book and everything else a student needs. And consider that we give free college, the next step is to pay for thier living expenses. And we would have an influx of 'professional students'. Lifetime learners that do nothing but go to school and contribute nothing to society except ride the free wave and to put a heavy strain on the rest of us. Sorry, you do not agree but this is my opinion.
  • by Beth Location: Greenville on Nov 30, 2007 at 11:42 AM
    I am a teacher with Pitt County Schools. When I look at a child (who may have been brought here illegally, though they are too little to choose to go) and know that all the schooling that they are allowed to receive is to 12th grade, I become so sad. They work day in and day out on their schooling, harder than many kids who are from here, but it won't get them anywhere. I know countless high school students who have been here since they were infants that WANT to go to college but they know that they can't because they can't afford out of state tuition. There needs to be allowance for these poor kids...don't we as a public want citizens who want to better themselves and become productive?? These poor children who are our neighbors, want to break the cycle and make something of themselves. They were not the ones committing the crime of coming over illegally, why punish them?
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