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After NC’s undocumented youth made headlines and exposed our state’s house select committee on immigration this past February, the committee reported yesterday that it is the federal government’s responsibility to “address the symptoms whose problem is really rooted in federal policy”. We couldn’t agree more, Speaker Tillis, the Obama administration needs to get it together. Quick.

Immigration Committee's meeting on February 2012

Immigration Committee’s meeting on February 2012

North Carolina’s Republican leadership has made an intelligent analysis and appears to be approaching the matter with care. However, our state’s leadership remains far from opening its arms to recognize the contributions undocumented immigrants bring to North Carolina. To be specific, we are still charged at the out-of-state tuition rate at all public colleges and universities despite paying in-state taxes, we remain prohibited from obtaining driver licenses, and business owners’ woes are increasing because they need and want the hard labor of illegal immigrants but run the risk of being criminalized for hiring us. So much for free enterprise, right, Jesse Helms?

The report released yesterday by the committee indicates undocumented youth, our families and allies have left a mark. The North Carolina Dream Team welcomes the leadership of both Republicans and Democrats to pass legislation that will open the doors for all undocumented workers, students, and families - many of whom are families of mixed status. As individuals, families, and communities-illegal and all-we are not backing down. We’ll continue fighting to be recognized as contributing residents of North Carolina.

Maryland will now offer in-state tuition to undocumented students who meet certain requirements.

If a student has graduated from a Maryland high school, takes at least 60 hours of classes and can provide three years of income tax returns for themselves and their parents, they will be able to pay in-state tuition at public colleges and universities in the state.

The Oregon State Senate has passed a bill to extend in-state tuition rates to all residents regardless of their immigration status. The vote now goes to the House.

As quoted by Oregon Public Broadcasting, Frank Morse (R- Albany), who co-sponsored the bill, said: “Does Oregon control immigration policy? Do we get to decide who comes and goes within this state? And if we don’t make immigration decisions - what then do we do with these children?”

A bill that would grant in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants will get a vote today in the Maryland Senate. The Maryland DREAM Youth Committee is leading the charge there-on their site (and on Facebook), you can find out more on what you can do to help.

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