Lawmakers fight college access for undocumented immigrants
On the opening day of the short session, more than two dozen Republican legislators signed on to a bill to block undocumented immigrants from attending NC’s Community Colleges.
House Bill 1679 spells out that the major purpose of the state’s community colleges is to offer vocational and technical education to students who are lawfully present in the United States. The bill reads:
The admissions standards of the State Board of Community Colleges and the admissions standards of all local community colleges shall prohibit the admission of persons who are not lawfully present in the United States, except as otherwise required by federal law. Admissions standards that do not expressly address the admission of persons who are not lawfully present in the United States shall be interpreted so that they comply with this requirement.
In March, North Carolina’s State Board of Community Colleges cast a final vote to admit illegal immigrants to the state’s 58 campuses with strict provisions including a requirement that they pay out-of-state tuition.