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 NC Youth Lobby for Access to College for Undocumented Students

Raleigh, NC — On Wednesday May 8th, current high school students and recent graduates will visit the NCGA to talk to representatives about HB 904, a proposed piece of legislation that would allow all young people who have graduated from North Carolina high schools and lived in the state for at least two years to pay the in-state tuition rates at our public colleges and universities regardless of immigration status.

Youth are looking for bi-partisan support on HB 904. North Carolina has invested in these youth throughout their primary education and higher education should be accessible to all of our state’s young people. Enabling these students to attend college will strengthen our future tax base by giving these undocumented students the opportunity to move up the economic ladder and become self-sufficient engines of the NC economy.

Marco Cervantes, a 2012 graduate from Chapel-Hill High School says, “We can no longer put a limitation on our possibilities.”

With the inevitability of immigration reform, North Carolina’s leaders should be thinking how best to prepare those immigrants to enter the workforce. Sixty-one percent of all jobs in North Carolina will require at least some college by 2020.

So far 14 states have passed in-state-tuition for undocumented students, lets work together and make North Carolina the 15th state in the nation to give undocumented students the opportunity to get a higher education and a job where they can strengthen the economic growth in NC.

WHERE: NC General Assembly at 16 W. Jones St. Raleigh, NC

WHEN: 10:00 AM on Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

WHO: Adelante Education Coalition with youth representing NC DREAM Team, Immigrant Youth Forum, Latin American Coalition, and El Cambio.

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Let’s Learn NC is a statewide campaign initiative of the Adelante Education Coalition for college tuition equality. The campaign strives to generate awareness of the current tuition inequality as well as introduce state legislation that will provide in-state tuition to all eligible resident students, regardless of their immigration status. To learn more about the campaign, visit http://www.letslearnnc.org and to learn more about the Adelante Education Coalition, please visit en.adelantenc.org.

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