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A new bill in the North Carolina General Assembly would keep illegal immigrants out of the state's community colleges. 

Illegal immigrants already have to pay out-of-state tuition rates in order to attend classes, but House Bill 218 would restrict their access all together.

The bill's co-sponsor, Republican Rep. Chris Whitmire, says it's only fair to free up space for legal residents.

"They need to be able to not have to take a queue in the line and wait, wait, wait, or have services that are diminished because of overload," Whitmire said.

But opponents say it unfairly targets the children of immigrants who brought them here illegally.  A spokesperson for the NC Dream Team, which advocates for Hispanic causes, said the bill is just the latest attack on the Hispanic community.

If passed, the bill would not effect illegal immigrants who are already enrolled in community college courses.  One other state, Alabama, has a similar restriction on the books.  South Carolina goes a step further, banning illegal immigrants from attending classes at all public universities.

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