N. Carolina colleges shut out illegal aliens

North Carolina community colleges on Tuesday banned illegal immigrants from seeking degrees, a policy that is among the most restrictive in the nation.

Community College System President Scott Ralls said he based the decision on the advice of the state Attorney General's Office, which said last week that federal law appears to prevent states from enrolling illegal immigrants in state colleges and universities.

"We sought that advice, and we plan to follow that advice until further clarification," Ralls said of the Attorney General's guidance.

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