by Brian Hayes | Top Right News
North Carolina has joined Arizona in denying in-state tuition to illegal aliens — even those who have been granted “deferred action” status by Obama, stunning pro-amnesty advocates.
Two weeks ago, TRN reported on in-state tuition demands made by illegal alien students in N.C.
But yesterday it was decided that students who arrived in the United States illegally cannot get in-state tuition in North Carolina community colleges or universities, according to a letter from the North Carolina Department of Justice released Thursday.
Last summer, Obama and then-DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that certain individuals who came to the United States illegally when they were small children would receive immunity from deportation, and a 2-year work permit. To qualify for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, participants were supposed be under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012, and meet other qualifications.
However the documentation “requirements” were ridiculously lax, and therefore ripe for fraud, as some critics immediately pointed out. This was borne out when a staggering 99.5%of applicants for DACA were approved. ICE agents even sued DHS over DACA, and a Federal judge ruled that Obama’s mini-amnesty for over half a million illegals likely violated Federal law.
Despite the issues of fraud, lawlessness, and the basic unfairness of providing a tuition break to those here illegally, many states, such as California and New Jersey passed laws doing just that. In-state tuition is thousands of dollars cheaper per year than tuition charged to students from other states.
Few states were willing to stand up to Obama and deny illegals this break. But one major exception was Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) — who soon after DACA was announced pledged to deny tuition breaks, drivers licenses and any other state benefit to DACA recipients — citing Federal law.
In North Carolina N.C. Rep. Marcus Brandon, (D), wrote to Attorney General Roy Cooper (R) asking if those students would qualify for in-state tuition benefits, particularly if they had graduated from North Carolina high schools.
Replying to Brandon’s letter, special deputy attorneys general Alexander Peters and Kimberly Potter wrote that state law prohibits extending in-state benefits to DACA students.
“We agree with University and Community College attorneys that North Carolina law does not provide for in-state tuition for these students. In order for students who have been granted DACA status to be eligible for the benefit of in-state tuition, the North Carolina General Assembly would have to amend (North Carolina state law) to make an exception for such individuals, change the residency requirements, or otherwise provide by law that individuals with DACA classification are, under such circumstances as may be set by statute, eligible for in-state tuition,” Peters and Potter wrote.
How refreshing. Public servants who actually respect the oath they took to their state’s constitution. If only Obama took his oath as seriously.
The N.C. Dream Team, a group of illegal aliens pushing for appeasement of illegals in state and federal policy, responded to the letter by lashing out at Cooper, saying that he has “thrown immigrant students under the bus.”
But American citizens and legal immigrants will instead want to thank North Carolina, for standing up for the rule of law
If YOU want to say “THANK YOU” to N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper, you may do so at his Facebook page.
Brian Hayes is a former crime reporter from Tampa, FL who currently blogs about immigration issues.