Undocumented students, like all other students who go though the education system in North Carolina, are told to do well in school and go to college in order to reach their full potential.
However, there are many challenges in their path to higher education.
The biggest obstacle is not getting admitted; instead, it is being charged out-of-state tuition when applying to public institutions, even if they have lived in North Carolina most of their lives.
How many of you can afford to pay more than $26,000 in tuition per year, even those whose families have been here for generations?
The undocumented students I know are motivated and want to better themselves and their communities, so why should they struggle because of immigration status — because they weren’t lucky enough to be born in the U.S.?