Feds say N. Carolina colleges can admit illegal immigrants

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina is free to admit illegal immigrants to public colleges and universities, federal officials said Friday.

"It is left for the school to decide whether or not to enroll" illegal immigrants, said a statement released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "The Department of Homeland Security does not require any school to determine a student's status."

The statement joined a chorus of voices — including one from an immigration hardliner — disputing the advice that the state Attorney General's Office offered this week to the Community College System. An advisory letter from the attorney general recommended that the colleges stop admitting illegal immigrants because a federal law appeared to require it.

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