I have a friend who, up until last year, taught for a few years at Wake Tech Community College. She taught English as a Second Language (ESL) to immigrants. Yesterday, I asked her: What percentage, if any, of your students would you estimate to be here illegally? This was her response--and I quote:
"I would estimate about 90% - 95% were here illegally. But Wake Tech kind of caters to that population; the classes I taught were Basic Skills classes. It wasn't a problem for us. Students had to have a tax id number, which is not hard to get (the IRS and INS don't really talk).
New guidelines came out a year or so ago that may restrict some students from getting into the program - I think they have gotten tougher."
I don't think my friend is aware of Lancaster's November directive, since she stopped teaching about a year ago. Anyway, to those who still believe there are only 340 in the Community College system, I would emplore you: go to a community college near any agglomeration of immigrants here in NC and do an anonymous survey of their ESL "Basic Skills" students. Then come back, look us all straight in the eye and tell us there are a) "340" in the system, and b) that taxpaying citizens are not subsidizing them.
Most who are untroubled by abandoning the rule of law site this low estimate as some sort of scriptural truth that dissolves the law because its relative illegality is a matter of tiny degree. But in reality, the subsidy of illegals in N.C. community colleges very likely goes much deeper than our Progressive friends would have us believe. I have said, and will repeat, that we need federal immigration reform that will get illegals out of the shadows, into the light, and into a streamlined immigration (and assimilation) system. But I am not willing to toss the law while waiting for that hope. If I were to toss out the law every time I thought it needed reform, I'd pay a hell of a lot less in taxes each year and drink beer on the sidewalk. But I know that the rule of law must be changed from within, not from without by capricious politicians looking to woo Hispanic voters, or by Progressives who hate the very idea of citizenship.