Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Hispanic Advocates Seek College Aid for North Carolina Illegal Immigrants

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Hispanic Advocates Seek College Aid for North Carolina Illegal Immigrants

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.

Advocates for North Carolina's Hispanic population are pressing for changes that would make illegal immigrants eligible for admission and reduced-rate tuition at public universities.

Federal law requires North Carolina and other states to educate illegal immigrants through high school without questioning their residency status.

The issue of access to higher education has been hotly debated for years in Texas and California, both of which have sizable Hispanic populations. The issue has gained more attention in North Carolina as its Hispanic population grows and more qualified students are denied a chance at college.

Data from the 2000 census indicate that about 379,000 Hispanics live in North Carolina and 120,090 of them are under the age of 18. Hispanic advocates estimate that 65 percent of Latino immigrants are in the U.S. illegally or on tourist or working visas.

The Federation for American Immigration Reform, a Washington nonprofit group that seeks stronger enforcement of immigration laws, estimates that between 250,000 and 500,000 of the nation's estimated 6 million illegal immigrants are between 15 and 19 years old. …

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