Tuesday, December 17, 2013

MEDIA ADVISORY

CONTACT:

Viridiana Martinez

viridiana@thencdreamteam.org

NC Dreamers Push for In-State Tuition

State Rep. Marcus Brandon Requests Written Opinion from Attorney General Cooper

Raleigh, NC – The North Carolina “One State, One Rate” Campaign and the NC Dream Team is pleased to announce that State Representative Marcus Brandon has formally requested a written opinion from the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office as to whether undocumented students are eligible for in-state tuition at institutions of higher learning in North Carolina.

For 20-year-old Lexington resident Ricsy Sanchez who has lived in North Carolina for 9 years, the struggle to gain in-state tuition has had a real impact: “Right after high school, my plan was to go straight to university. I wanted to major in biology. After I graduated from Davidson County Community College, I was accepted to UNC Chapel Hill but I was unable to attend because I was charged out-of-state tuition.”

DREAMers in North Carolina have been spearheading efforts to obtain in-state tuition for undocumented youth. Last week, the UNC Faculty Council unanimously passed a resolution calling on the University of North Carolina system to grant “in-state tuition and financial aid to all people without regard to immigration status.”

** Please note that a more detailed press release will be released on Wednesday.

For more information, visit NCDreamTeam.org and OneStateOneRate.org.

Visit our online petition at http://action.dreamactivist.org/northcarolina/instate

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