Advocates want Alabama board to study policy

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Advocates for people who are in the country illegally want the State Board of Education to take a second look at a policy that would prohibit those immigrants from enrolling in Alabama's two-year colleges.

The board is scheduled to vote on the proposal Thursday, two weeks after the policy changes were first presented at a work session.

Some board members say they are grappling with the issue, torn between knowing the power education provides and making sure U.S. citizens are served first.

Ethel Hall of Fairfield said she would support having a bit more discussion on the issue but Betty Peters of Dothan said she has no qualms about the policy.

Two-year Chancellor Bradley Byrne said it doesn't make sense for the system to be educating people who would not be able to get jobs.

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