Gail S. Phares: Deserving dreamers

February 11, 2014 

I agree with Charles Thompson in his Jan. 17 Point of View “Where dreams go to die” that it is time to grant all Dream Act students in-state tuition.

Imagine walking in the wind and the rain from Chapel Hill to Raleigh recently to demand access to affordable education! Education, health care and an affordable, safe place to live are basic human rights, not privileges.

Currently, many immigrants and refugees are excluded from access to services such as education to the detriment of all members of our communities. Rather than limit access to in-state tuition, we should grant these young people access to education by granting them in-state tuition. These talented young people who were brought to the U.S. by their parents deserve our concern and support. We need their talent. We must demand that they be allowed access to higher education at a reasonable cost.

Gail S. Phares


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