Undocumented students rally for in-state tuition at attorney general's office

Representatives with the "NC Dream Team" say the issue affects roughly 15,000 students in North Carolina.
January 1, 2014 2:46:38 PM PST
Students gathered outside the attorney general's office in Raleigh Wednesday to call for action to allow "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" students to be eligible for in-state tuition.

Representatives with the "NC Dream Team" say the issue affects roughly 15,000 students in North Carolina. Many of them have lived in the state and have gone to school here for most of their lives.

However, when it comes to furthering their education, these students are unable to qualify for in-state tuition because their parents are illegal immigrants.

Now, those students are calling on Attorney General Roy Cooper to set a legal precedent by weighing in on the issue. Right now, they are frustrated by Cooper's silence.

"He is not saying anything. We can't wait any longer," said Viridiana Martinez, with the NC Dream Team. "We're trying to make it to the next semester and a lot of us can't afford to pay because it's four times as much."

Last month, Democrat State Rep. Marcus Brandon sent the attorney general a letter asking for a legal opinion on DACA students.

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