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Lawyer: Community colleges must admit eligible illegal immigrants

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RALEIGH (AP) -- North Carolina's community colleges must accept illegal immigrants as long as they are 18 years old and high school graduates. The new policy reverses a rule that gave campuses the option to say no. In a memo earlier this month, a lawyer for the community college system told colleagues the change was needed to fall in line with a 1997 opinion by then-Attorney General Mike Easley. More than half of the 58 community college campuses already allow illegal immigrants to enroll. The state system says about 340 undocumented students currently attend class. They must pay out-of-state tuition rates. (Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Illegal imigrants

{Winchester Va,} I think people are just jealous of the hispanics. They get hired because they are the only ones that want to do the job. I am american and i am ashamed of my race. people should be able to come and go from one country to another as they please. It should not be so hard and so expensive for them to become legal. We dont have to pay thousands of dollars for our social security numbers or birth cirt. Would you want someone pushing you out of their country because you dont have a social security card?

Illegal Aliens in our Community Colleges

Who was the Lawyer that decided this issue ?? I think WWAY should offer to interview him, so he can explain to the tax paying public why this is a good idea for North Carolina.

Illegal Aliens in our Community Colleges

Immigrants are people from other nations that follow the system...file the forms..pay the fees, and come to America to start a new life. These people are an asset to our society. Illegal Aliens are people that come here from other nations, ignoring our laws. They have no legal standing in our society. They have no right to any social service or other benefit of being here in America. On One Hand, our immigration System needs to be improved...On the other hand, we should not reward the people that came here illegally. If the Illegal Aliens want legal status in our society and the benefits of that status, they should return to their countries and start the procedure to immigrate legally to this nation.

It's too bad we can't get

It's too bad we can't get people to stop hiring them. They wouldn't stay if someone weren't paying them.

It funny how you say how

It funny how you say how illegal immigrants would leave once employers stop hiring them. The fact is employers are always looking for the maxinum output and less expenses. The employers are going to hire cheap employees in the us or their going to move the companies overseas.

OUR Colleges

Somebody PLEASE go just see the opportunities for education in Mexico built special for our "illegal" Immigrant friends. It is astounding ! Much of it for free, no hard work involved to get in on the students part. Even many "American Citizenship" classes so that they can learn OUR language and come here "Legally" Filling up chairs in Wilmington and other cities with "Illegals" to the point that the CFCC Dean says "We are filled to capacity, there are simply NO CHAIR'S LEFT" well that is a big old bowl of WRONG !

You Get What You Pay For

Immigrants would not come here if US Citizens didn't offer them money - a pittance by our standards, but much by theirs - for work no one else would think of doing. Try picking blueberries in the heat, with scabs and open sores on fingers and feet from the pesticides that are sprayed on the fruit. Try leaving your family for months to get a decent wage to keep them fed and clothed across the border. Or try dragging them with you while you move from town to town following crops. I dare say the kids wanting a higher education know English just as well as any attending school and probably better just because they have to be to be recognized and given any respect. It is sad so many can't identify with "There but for the grace of God" adage. There are seats that aren't being used. Where is the harm except in some cold-hearted hearts? How can there be so many Grinchs out there. The prospective students have to pay through the nose all four years to attend college. So the school is getting a HUGE bang for its buck. In addition to the school getting big bucks (6 times in state tuition times 4 years) those farm workers and all those other workers pay taxes and don't get it back if they pay over. YOU DON'T WANT THEM HERE, DON'T OFFER THEM PAY. CHOOSE TO PAY 6 TIMES AS MUCH FOR YOUR PRODUCE. THEY AREN'T CROSSING THE BORDER TO GO ON WELFARE.

You Get What You Pay For...

Immigrants would not come here if US Citizens didn't offer them money - a pittance by our standards, but much by theirs - for work no one else would think of doing. Try picking blueberries in the heat, with scabs and open sores on fingers and feet from the pesticides that are sprayed on the fruit. Try leaving your family for months to get a decent wage to keep them fed and clothed across the border. Or try dragging them with you while you move from town to town following crops. I dare say the kids wanting a higher education know English just as well as any attending school and probably better just because they have to be to be recognized and given any respect. It is sad so many can't identify with "There but for the grace of God" adage. There are seats that aren't being used. Where is the harm except in some cold-hearted hearts? How can there be so many Grinchs out there. The prospective students have to pay through the nose all four years to attend college. So the school is getting a HUGE bang for its buck. In addition to the school getting big bucks (6 times in state tuition times 4 years) those farm workers and all those other workers pay taxes and don't get it back if they pay over. YOU DON'T WANT THEM HERE, DON'T OFFER THEM PAY. CHOOSE TO PAY 6 TIMES AS MUCH FOR YOUR PRODUCE. THEY AREN'T CROSSING THE BORDER TO GO ON WELFARE.

TO ME ELIGIBLE MEANS DOING

TO ME ELIGIBLE MEANS DOING WRONG.??????

Eligible, illegal immigrants....

"But Jim, I'm an engineer...not a lawyer!"...A different take on an old Star Trek theme. It doesn't take an engineer to see how assinine this decision is, but it does take a lawyer to make this kind of mandate!!! I'm all for opportunity, but earn it fairly and get in line. So how is the tuition calculated, in-state, out-of-state, out-of-country, illegal-in-country-non-resident, illegal-in-country-welcome to America-help yourself? So how are the base education levels for illegal Mexicans assessed? Does Mexico even have a grading system? Not even many schools there. GED? GPA? What is there? How does it fit in here? Now, we come to "funding" (via valid taxpayers, of course) the "calculated tuition". How is this considered? Are we to allow people to obtain MORE (YES!additional!!!) benefits for their ability to slither around Federal, State, County and City immigration and naturalization LAWS??? Sorry...LAW was the key word. Law works for the weathy, law works for illegal immigrants (because it benefits the lawyers, lawyers run our government). Bottom line...the rich will get richer from this exploitation (attorneys and politicians, usually the same). What about that??? I personally wonder how Mexico became an only rich or only poor society, no in between and has been that way for many generations. I don't have a problem with Mexicans. I have a problem with Mexicans that milk our generous system, around the rules, with benefits Americans don't get and some that commit horrific crimes, all without meeting the basic requirements of being an American Citizen. Most don't even carry auto insurance, hence why we pay "un-insured motorist coverage" (ever look at that cost on your policy?). I'm sorry for this rant here, but I wonder when in the hell are Americans going to start being Americans again and stand the hell up and say, "Not only NO..., but HELL NO!!!? C'mon people!!! Make some damn noise, stand up for something and get up off your asses!!! We need a change!!! This is still "America"!

ILLEGALS IN COLLEGE

Why do our "lawmakers" insist on giving the illegals more reasons to break into our country. What does our "elected" officials not understand about the word ILLEGAL. The Lawyers and officials here in NC are wrong..dead wrong allowing this..but this is yet another example of our country being ruined by LAWYERS..another ridiculous interpretation of the Law of the Land. The concept they pay there way because we dont pay higher for Food..how about Medical care we pay for, social services, crime. when the medical bill doesnt get paid who do you think pays it. Your Produce isn't so cheap anymore if you think about it.. WAKE UP AMERICA

community colleges must accept illegal immigrants

I'm sitting here looking at my Grandmother's alien registration card from 1940's. It notes that "A penalty of fine and imprisonment is provided by law for failure to make the required report". It appears under North Carolina law that rather than a penalty for failing to report, one will be rewarded, ie, admitted to college, wellfare, etc. What a state. . . . . Rather than asking if one agrees or disagrees with allowing illegals to take up limited spaces in college(at the expense of US citizens), one should be asking why is our state catering to law-breakers. . . . Oh, I forgot, it's about the money, because you can charge out of state tuition to illegal aliens and they can't do anything about it, for now.

No I Dont Think They Need To

No I Dont Think They Need To Let That GO

These are people who have

These are people who have broken a law and should be in jail or deported. Is anyone who is a convict allowed to go to college then-what's good for the goose.....

college

Great. Now the school will have to take funds away from legal students to pay for new Hispanic teachers for the illegals. When is this catering going to stop?? WE can not afford to keep giving and giving because it takes away from the legal citizens.

???

Well dont you think that ILLEGAL student are going to college its cause they think that they are capable of doin well and speak better English than some of the LEGAl Citizens?

Is the lawyer for the

Is the lawyer for the community college system an illegal immigrant? How is it possible that you can place the terms "illegal" and "eligible" in the same sentence? Illegal means "against the law", if they are illegal, there is no "eligibility"!!!! This country has already spent too many "dollars" accommadating the Mexican population. The printing in spanish alone cost billons of dollars a year, and what about all the business that pay for "language line" use. If they want to live here, they need to learn to speak, read, and understand the language, before they arrive. I have been to Mexico. They DO NOT print their government information in "English" (if they do, I did not find any such publications while there) and some living conditions there are substandard, so I understand them wanting to live here. If they want to come to America, what is wrong with them coming legally as thousands of other immigrants do? Enough is enough. Lastly, I agree, anytime an illegal applies/registers for ANY of this governments programs, schools, etc, they should be deported immediately and when they become "legal" then and only then should they be allowed to be "eligible".

Illegals allowed in college

What is going on here????? Since when does the word illegal not mean illegal???? Illegal immigrants have no rights because they are not US citizens. The bleeding hearts of this country is ruinning it into the ground. Oh, yeah, lets give the seats available in college for legal citizens to illegals. Just one more way our government can beat down the American citizens one more notch with this insane law.

America

What will we call the new America when the old, good one is dead? Nuevo Americano? How about... Americo? Or.. Mexamerica. This program would only make sense if each one of the ILLEGALS that showed up to register was immediately arrested and deported. Here then, is the new, more accurate headline. Taxpayers: North Carolina's community colleges must NOT accept illegal immigrants. North Carolina must find, arrest and deport each one ASAP.

What would we call America?

First of all, its not America, it is the United States of America. Second, Nueva America would sound pretty cool. Maybe they could also "buy" it from the United States for a couple million dollars. Just enough for a McDonald's combo meal.

I agree with you. I found it

I agree with you. I found it sad last night that a man "walking to Wilmington looking for a job" When we have illegals buying cars and taking up the job market. Don't go to the county for help for they can't help you. When I was there,( and yes my husband and I both work full time jobs), they have a sign basically telling you not to worry that you don't have a social security card they can still help you. I agree all illegals should be deported and let their own country take care of their problems, we have enough of our own.

as far as i am concerned you

as far as i am concerned you dont know how its like to be from another country oh my bad i guess you do cause no one is a true pure American at one point you came to theis country .so you need to not give a comment

Speech

You don't mean to say that when we weren't looking they revoked the First Admendment do you?

Won't happen

Politicians need these votes to stay in power. Laws mean nothing to lawmakers, only when it benefits them and their powerbase. If you are really concerned about our country, tell all of your friends to get off their butts and vote these self serving politicians out of office. If Hillary Clinton gets elected, you better learn Spanish.

or worse

Or worse than Hildabeast is if johnny red is elected. Better get used to taking it in the rear.

TNSFL

If there is anything I learned in highschool, it's: There Is No Such Thing as Free Lunch. Now, how is it ILLEGAL IMMAGRANTS are allowed too attend OUR colleges and are probably being funded by OUR money to attend, and not being taken back to THEIR country? How can I or anyone who is a LEGAL American Taxpaying Citizen be proud of something like this? We have taken Open Door Policies too far. What's the point of having rules when we don't enforce them? What's the point of enforcing them if they are not enforced fairly and just or only enforced when there is money involved? If they want a free Mexico or free country, maybe they should try and overthrow their own government and not take advantage of ours. AND, has anyone read about near 8 or 80 billion dollars being invested into CitiGroup by someone in the middle east? So now we are being infringed in our banking system too. Stop watching the news, engage your brain, READ!!!! ASK FOR MULTIPLE OPINIONS AND COME UP WITH YOUR OWN!! AND SAVE OUR AMERICA!!!

The exact figure is $7.5 billion

As terms of the agreement, they are restricted to no more than 4.9% of the stock float, so they're not in a position to have much sway over Citigroup. (BTW, considering the ethics of Citigroup and their track record of going from scandal to scandal, I'd be nore worried about the Arab investors getting corrupted!) Many of our major banks are owned completely or partially by foreign banks. Locally, Centura was purchased by Royal Bank of Canada. Allied Irish Bank owns a big chunk of MTB, one of the major banks in the Northeast. Texas Regional Bankshares were just bought out by Banco Bilbao of Spain. Meanwhile, I own stock in Vienna International Airport, Keppel Industries (out of Singapore), a coal mining company in China, and several British banks, large and small. It's a GLOBAL economy, and there's no going back. It makes no sense to pine for the old days, because they're gone forever. It's like carrying a cross for an old girlfriend years after she dumped you. (I fully agree with your assessment about free lunches and endless entitlements, however.)

A US citizenship doesnt

A US citizenship doesnt really have any meaning anymore. Residency? Forget it. Who cares. Unfreakingbelievable.