US: New salvo in fight over immigrants

Many states have debated the legality of extending in-state tuition rates to students living in the United States illegally. In North Carolina, the debate over the legality of a more fundamental matter - admitting undocumented students at all - has only just begun, writes Inside Higher Ed.

The North Carolina Community College System set off a firestorm in November when it issued a directive indicating that all 58 colleges must begin admitting undocumented students under the open admissions policy. But the state attorney general's office has now called for reversing course. The office sent out an advisory letter last week suggesting a return to an earlier system policy, propagated in 2001, which limited enrolment of illegal immigrants on the basis that federal law restricts their eligibility for most state and local public benefits.
Full report on the Inside Higher Ed site