Wednesday, November 28, 2007

NC Community Colleges must admit all illegal immigrants who meet admission standards

Here’s an interesting post from the Chronicle of Higher Education news blog that deals with a particularly controversial issue, and also ties into the Republican debate which aired tonight in which many of the questions centered around illegal immigration. (At least the part I saw, that is. I turned it off after about 15 minutes because I couldn’t stand listening to them any longer).

A new law now requires all 58 campuses of North Carolina Community College to admit illegal immigrants who meet the requirements for admission for regular applicants (being at least 18 years old or having graduated from high school). The post states that more than 20 of the NC Community College campuses currently have written or unwritten policies excluding illegal immigrants from admission.

I really have no problem with this new policy. Though I don’t know a ton about it, illegal immigration doesn’t really bother me if the illegal immigrants are here to try and better their lives, and eventually take steps to becoming legal citizens. Both parents of a person I know entered the country illegally to find a better life, and have lived here for over 20 years. His father is now a legal resident, and his mother gained U.S. citizenship last year. They're aren't criminals, they pay their taxes, and they don't suck up free healthcare or welfare. They were simply in search of a better life, and knew American could give that to them.

Illegal immigrants who apply to any college should be accepted if they meet the admission criteria. I know I’m being really idealistic, but I just wish we could live in a world where borders and nationalities weren’t so important. Illegal immigrants come to the U.S. to find a better life and if that means taking an “American” job of scrubbing toilets at the nearest McDonalds, or taking classes at a local community college, then so be it.

When it comes down to it, we are all human beings looking for a good life and happiness. Why does it matter so much if someone entered the country legally or not? All U.S. citizens are descendents of immigrants, or are immigrants who have been granted citizenship. Why does it matter so much that our ancestors got here first so long ago?

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