Group holds prayer vigils in several North Carolina cities to support immigrant access to higher education
The Daily Reflector
February 3, 2011
Mariana and Jorge, two Pitt County high school students, want to go to college, but their dreams are being threatened by legislation before the General Assembly.
Mariana, a 10th-grader, and Jorge, an 11th-grader, were brought to the United States illegally by their parents. House Bill 11, introduced last week in the General Assembly, would prevent them from attending the state's community colleges and universities. For now, North Carolina allows the children of undocumented workers to attend those institutions if they pay out-of-state tuition.
About a dozen people joined Mariana and Jorge on Tuesday night at New Covenant Community Church for a prayer vigil opposing passage of the House bill.