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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Some college students participated in a mock graduation at the General Assembly, asking North Carolina lawmakers to extend in-state tuition rates to students who are not in the country legally.

Students from around the state shared what it’s like going through school while in the country without legal permission and the challenges they face in pursuing a career path because of their immigration status. A coalition of several Latino groups sponsored the event and is spending the day lobbying Republican lawmakers to give students in-state tuition rates.

Felicia Arriaga with Student Action with Farmworkers said the students enjoyed this graduation more than their actual one because it lets them identify with others who’ve shared their experiences and gives them a platform to share their stories.

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  • guesty

    Tell the illegals they can have in-state tuition provided they tell the country they are from. Pick them up then, check their status and if here illegally, deport to the named country.

  • SurfCityTom

    invite some officials who can check your credentials and have you back to the country where you would be legal.

    In-state tuition for students who are not in our country legally?

    Bad idea.

    Stupid of them to draw attention to themselves.

  • Timekeeper

    I guess you just cannot teach common sense. More money for illegals equals less for legal ones. Hopefully, this plan will turn into a sting operation.

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