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NC Youth Lobby for Access to College for Undocumented Students
Raleigh, NC — On Wednesday May 8th, current high school students and recent graduates will visit the NCGA to talk to representatives about HB 904, a proposed piece of legislation that would allow all young people who have graduated from North Carolina high schools and lived in the state for at least two years to pay the in-state tuition rates at our public colleges and universities regardless of immigration status.
Youth are looking for bi-partisan support on HB 904. North Carolina has invested in these youth throughout their primary education and higher education should be accessible to all of our state’s young people. Enabling these students to attend college will strengthen our future tax base by giving these undocumented students the opportunity to move up the economic ladder and become self-sufficient engines of the NC economy.
Marco Cervantes, a 2012 graduate from Chapel-Hill High School says, “We can no longer put a limitation on our possibilities.”
With the inevitability of immigration reform, North Carolina’s leaders should be thinking how best to prepare those immigrants to enter the workforce. Sixty-one percent of all jobs in North Carolina will require at least some college by 2020.
So far 14 states have passed in-state-tuition for undocumented students, lets work together and make North Carolina the 15th state in the nation to give undocumented students the opportunity to get a higher education and a job where they can strengthen the economic growth in NC.
WHERE: NC General Assembly at 16 W. Jones St. Raleigh, NC
WHEN: 10:00 AM on Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
WHO: Adelante Education Coalition with youth representing NC DREAM Team, Immigrant Youth Forum, Latin American Coalition, and El Cambio.
Let’s Learn NC is a statewide campaign initiative of the Adelante Education Coalition for college tuition equality. The campaign strives to generate awareness of the current tuition inequality as well as introduce state legislation that will provide in-state tuition to all eligible resident students, regardless of their immigration status. To learn more about the campaign, visit http://www.letslearnnc.org and to learn more about the Adelante Education Coalition, please visit en.adelantenc.org.
El Representante Cleveland del Condado de Onslow es el mismo legislador detras de la propuesta de ley en contra de la matricula consular y las propuestas de ley anti-inmigrantes del año pasado. Nosotros lo conocemos como “El Abuelo Cleveland” porque es un señor de edad avanzada que podria ser abuelo de todos nosotros en el NC Dream Team. Y al parecer, es un señor que todavia no reconoce que Carolina del Norte no es el mismo estado que era hace veinte años.
La propuesta de ley HB 218 es una propuesta para prohibirnos acceso a los colegios y universidades a nosotros los jovenes indocumentados en Carolina del Norte. Es muy probable que no pase a ser ley esta propuesta. Pero es importante saber quienes son aliados de la comunidad inmigrante y quienes no. Al igual que nuestro Sub Gobernador Dan Forest, el Representante Cleveland no es un aliado.
Catherine Orr, a North Carolina-based documentarian, will be screening her film “Dreams Delayed” tonight, May 4 in Carroll Hall (room 305) at UNC Chapel Hill. The film will discuss the lives of undocumented immigrants, educators and those affected by both immigration policy and a lack of access to education. Our own Jose Rico will be featured in the film and joining the conversation afterward.
Go here for the Facebook event.