School board to vote on policy barring illegal immigrants

Members of the state board of education are scheduled to vote on a policy Thursday that would keep illegal immigrants from being admitted to Alabama's two-year colleges.

The policy would require all applicants to prove their U.S. citizenship or that they are in the country legally.

If passed, it would take effect during preregistration for the spring 2009 session.

Students who are admitted before then would not be affected.

Two-year chancellor Bradley Byrne said recommendation comes while the system is reviewing all of its policies and he doesn't believe enrollment of illegal immigrants is a big problem among the colleges.

Opponents say the policy is unnecessary and board members should discuss it more before casting their votes.

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