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Old 12-19-2009, 08:17 AM
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Default Bad News from North Carolina

College access for immigrants sparks debate
Saturday, December 19, 2009

RALEIGH — People on both sides of the immigration debate took issue with a proposal to change the State Board of Community College admissions policy for undocumented students during a public hearing Friday.

The board voted in September to allow students who cannot prove legal residency to attend the state’s 58 community colleges, including those based in Guilford, Alamance, Davidson, Randolph and Rockingham counties.

“To deny an entire segment of the population access to education is to institutionalize poverty,” said Jess George, executive director of the Latin American Coalition based in Charlotte.

The Community College Board could give final approval to the policy no sooner than its February meeting, said a spokeswoman for the college. The policy would then be looked over by the state’s Rules Review Commission. And there have been promises to appeal the policy to the General Assembly if the commission approves the policy.

Students, educators and others supported the board’s change in policy. But many said the Community College Board should have gone further.

The proposed policy would require undocumented students to pay out-of-state tuition. Students attending under the policy would not be able to participate in certain degree programs that result in state licenses and would be given lower priority for attending classes than fully documented students.

“There’s different ways of telling people they can’t go to college,” said Justin Flores with the Farm Labor Organizing Committee in Dudley.

The policy seems to give the children of low-wage workers a choice, but the cost involved in paying out-of-state tuition would be prohibitive for most of those students.

“Telling them they have a choice without having the resources or having the ability to get loans like other students is basically telling them they have no choice,” Flores said.

Others objected to the policy, saying it would encourage people to come to North Carolina illegally from other countries.

“Illegals are breaking our laws,” said Ron Woodard of anti-illegal immigration group N.C. Listen, one of a handful that sent representatives. He said that denying entry to students here illegally was not tantamount to denying them an education, as other speakers had said.

“I don’t believe America is the only country that has colleges,” Woodard said.

Others pushing back against the policy voiced their frustration with the meeting’s procedures.

“This entire meeting is a sham,” said William Gheen of ALIPAC, another group that advocates for stricter immigration enforcement.

Gheen noted that the hearing’s first 20 speakers favored more liberal admissions policies and claimed that people with that viewpoint received preferential treatment in signing up to speak.

But community college officials said they signed people up to speak in order and that a line formed before they arrived at the State Archives Building.

The auditorium was not full. Judging by applause and other reactions, the 6-to-1 ratio of people who spoke in favor of less stringent policies reflected the overall mood of the crowd.
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Old 12-19-2009, 02:12 PM
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There it is again, letting the illegals have your tax dollars to pay the way. Yet, when the tuition money is raised and coming directly out of their pockets these same students and policy makers complain. You can't have it both ways. We've supported the world with our education system and allowed every country in the worlds people come here to study. Most of those students don't want to leave afterwords and turn their backs on their own country. They should ask their own country for the 'financial aid' to get an education and take what they've learned back to improve their homeland.

We are not responsible for the education of the world, those lands have been on earth just as long as this land and if they didn't do much with it, whose fault is that. It's not like we came from another planet and had a head start. Now they're complaining that we need to support them. They need to start improving their own schools and countries, and not at our expense.
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