By: Lisa Blackwell Email
By: Lisa Blackwell Email

Illegal aliens may soon be turned away from Alabama's community colleges.

The Alabama State Board of Education is considering a policy change that would prevent undocumented people from being admitted to two-year colleges. Wallace Community College officials say they currently have five undocumented students enrolled that graduated from Alabama high schools.

Sally Buchanon of Wallace Community College says, “A policy, when it's in writing and put into affect, will give us a written format so that we will know exactly what our students requirements are, and it helps us be fair in any governance.

Currently, taxpayers subsidize undocumented students’ educations. Without the proper paperwork, they legally cannot get a job after graduation.

Buchanon says, “Wallace Community College is proud to always be good stewards of our taxpayers monies, and our position is not to create policy, but to make sure that it is implemented and implemented fairly.

If the policy passes without any changes, it would only affect applicants starting in January of 2009. Undocumented students who are already enrolled would be grandfathered in.

The state education board is scheduled to vote on the change during their meeting on September 25. If it passes, Alabama will be the third state to adopt such a policy.

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