Vigil Protests Bill To Ban Illegals At State Colleges, Universities

A group of people in Eastern Carolina joined with other cities throughout the state to hold a vigil in hopes lawmakers will listen to their plea to not pass the HB-11 bill sent to the North Carolina general assembly which would ban illegal immigrants from attending state colleges and universities.

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.

The Greenville vigil was held at the New Covenant Church Tuesday night. Many people spoke on why undocumented students should be allowed the same privileges as other students to attend state colleges and community colleges without paying out of state tuition. One seventeen year old says her dreams would be affected if the bill passes.

"I would say don't do this we need to go to school we need to be better people so we can support our families," said high school junior Mariana Gonzales.

Others firmly believe people in the U.S. illegally should not be allowed to attend state colleges and universities.

There is a march planned in Raleigh February 11th to protest the new bill.

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