Governor Easley Disagrees With Community College Decision

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

It has been a source of controversy ever since last December when Community Colleges were told they had to accept illegal immigrants as students.

But Tuesday the North Carolina Community College system said it will no longer admit illegal immigrants to degree programs.

The decision comes following advice from the State Attorney Generals Office.

The policy to admit illegal immigrants provoked heavy criticism, so they asked the Attorney Generals Office for guidance. Last week, Roy Cooper's office suggested the system drop the admissions policy. It's a decision Governor Mike Easley believes is wrong.

Easley said, "Clearly Community College's is misinterpreting the law, the Attorney General has misinterpreted the law based on what Homeland Security said on Friday, so I hope they take a look at that."

The Department of Homeland Security advised the state that Community Colleges do not have to ask if someone is legal or not. While Community Colleges will bar illegal immigrants from degree programs, they will still be able to take non-degree courses.

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