Since late October, the N.C. DREAM Team and members of the OneStateOneRate.org have organized press events, call-in days, rallies, and a march, in efforts to urge North Carolina’s Attorney General Roy Cooper to issue a favorable opinion towards granting DACA students in-state tuition. The initial request was made by N.C. Sate Representative Marcus Brandon late las year and we’ve been waiting to hear back since then.
Yesterday afternoon, an advisory letter was sent to the Office of Rep. Brandon in Raleigh saying NO to in-state tuition for undocumented students, NO to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Students, and NO to professional licenses.
Upon hearing news of the decision, Oliva Prezas, a DACA recipient and current student at Vance-Granville Community College, remarked: “I can’t believe it. I am devastated. I need in-state tuition! I don’t want to be stuck without an education.”
Democrat Attorney General Roy Cooper chose to follow the footsteps of other Democratic politicians by putting politics over policy when it comes to immigrant students. From former Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton, who in 2010 denied undocumented students the right to enroll at community colleges, to Senator Kay Hagan, who voted against the DREAM Act, Attorney General Roy Cooper has shamelessly played petty politics instead of opening up the doors to higher education.
Undocumented students are ready to work with public officials, including people like Republican Speaker Will Weatherford of the Florida House of Representatives or New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who unlike Attorney General Cooper, know “the time is always right to do what is right.”