RALEIGH, N.C. — Several House members want to keep undocumented immigrants in North Carolina’s community colleges and public universities by barring officials from asking potential students about their immigration status.
The bill filed this week by Democrats differs from two bills filed earlier by Republicans which attempt to bar admission for these immigrants by putting it in state law.
The community college system ordered all campuses last year to admit undocumented immigrants, but it reversed the policy a few weeks ago while federal officials formally weigh in on the matter.
University of North Carolina system campuses haven’t stopped admitting undocumented immigrants at out-of-state tuition rates.
The bill’s primary sponsors are Rep. Pricey Harrison of Guilford County, Paul Luebke of Durham County, Rick Glazier of Cumberland County, and Dan Blue of Wake County.
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