As the NC DREAM Team, it is our collective belief that public policies should treat all people with equal

respect and dignity. We call for our elected officials to ensure that the principles enumerated below are protected and represented in public policy decisions. We also invite the undersigned supporters of education and of undocumented youth to join with us in affirming their commitment to these principles.

1. All students in North Carolina have a Constitutionally mandated right to a quality, affordable higher education- not withstanding citizenship status. According to the Constitution of North Carolina, Article IX, Sec. 9:
Sec. 9. Benefits of public institutions of higher education. The General Assembly shall provide that the benefits of The University of North Carolina and other public institutions of higher education, as far as practicable, be extended to the people of the State free of expense.

2. As upheld by the Supreme Court in Plyler v. Doe, denying education to undocumented youth risks "the creation and perpetuation of a subclass” and does not advance substantial state interest. 3. As taxpayers, undocumented youth deserve equal access to in state tuition benefits. As stated on Eastern Carolina University’s website:
All state universities are partially supported by the taxes of that state's residents. As an investment for subsidizing the cost of education for all students, each state provides a lower "in-state" tuition fee for all taxpayers and their children.

4. As asserted by the United Nations in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 26 (1): higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit. 5. North Carolina, as the home of the Nation’s first public university and with a proud tradition of student leadership in social change and civil rights, has the obligation to set a positive, inclusive example with its educational policies. 6. Undocumented students should have full access to all scholarships, grants, and loans available through private sponsors and all government agencies. 7. Transcripts are a better indicator of academic qualifications and potential than birth certificates. 8. Participation and involvement of the parents/guardians of undocumented students should be encouraged and facilitated by all educational institutions in whichever language is most understood by the parents. 9. In order to facilitate the success of North Carolina’s youth, mentoring and tutoring programs should be readily accessible to all students, regardless of race, religion, age, ability, or immigration status. 10. In order to ensure a more informed public discourse around immigration, courses on the root causes of migration should be a mandatory part of the curriculum for all of North Carolina’s students.

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