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Proposed "No Illegal Immigrants" Policy Drawing Fire

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Advocates for people who are in the
country illegally want the State Board of Education to take a
second look at a policy that would prohibit those immigrants from
enrolling in Alabama's two-year colleges.

The board is scheduled to vote on the proposal Thursday, two
weeks after the policy changes were first presented at a work
session.

Some board members say they are grappling with the issue, torn
between knowing the power education provides and making sure U.S.
citizens are served first.

Ethel Hall of Fairfield said she would support having a bit more
discussion on the issue but Betty Peters of Dothan said she has no
qualms about the policy.

Two-year Chancellor Bradley Byrne said it doesn't make sense for
the system to be educating people who would not be able to get
jobs.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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