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Dalton votes, ducks out

The State Board of Community Colleges appeared to be headed for a unanimous vote this morning, as several members extolled the virtues of opening the doors to illegal immigrants.

But when the votes were cast, there was one quiet "nay" vote — from Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, who had been silent during the discussion, reports Kristin Collins.

After the vote, one of Dalton's staffers passed out a written statement to reporters. It said the colleges should focus their limited resources on helping laid-off workers get new training, not educating illegal immigrants.

"Now is not the time to increase the demands on our already overburdened community college system," Dalton, a Democrat, said in the statement.

Community college officials said that they expect allowing illegal immigrants to enroll at out-of-state rates, about $7,700 a year, to add fewer than 150 students to the current total of about 800,000.

Before the board meeting ended, Dalton made a quiet exit. While most of the reporters stood in the building lobby, community college staffers escorted Dalton to a staircase just outside the meeting chambers.

When Dome asked Dalton to elaborate on his no vote, he said, "I've got a statement," before disappearing into the stairwell.


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Re: Dalton votes, ducks out

Dalton had particularly revolutionary ideas about North Carolina's education system, from the public school systems to universities and community colleges. He spoke on a reform of high schools with the Learn and Earn Act, which allows high school students to earn their diplomas as well as an associate's degree in five years.

Re: Dalton votes, ducks out

It is time that the North Carolina State took care of its own people. Starting with Mental Health Care services being restore. Rutherford County,NC has been hit hard. We need Heath care and JoBs.

Re: Dalton votes, ducks out

It is time that the North Carolina State took care of its own people. Starting with Mental Health Care services being restore. Rutherford County,NC has been hit hard. We need Heath care and JoBs.

Re: Dalton votes, ducks out

Where is Gigglebox's and Festus' smart alec remarks about what Dalton did? Could those two be just another bunch of hypocrites?

Lt Gov. Dalton said it better than anyone could. Let us worry about our citizens. Law breaker's your on your own.

Re: Dalton votes, ducks out

Dalton had no dog in this fight, and notice that Sugar Dumplin watched from behind the curtain without sayin a word...she supported the hell outta this for sure...

These NCCCS advisors need to be arrested for aiding and abetting ILLEGALs in our midst. Stuart Fountain should be locked up before midnight tonight!
Take Sullins, Rawls too! These people are CRIMINALS in NC, and they should be concerned for their individual safety on the street.

Re: Dalton votes, ducks out

Government officials take little notice of what the public wants these days. So how can an 'illegal immigrant' get a job after going to tax-payer funded community college? If they don't have the legal documents to be here they can't get a job so why go to community college? Why give them incentive to stay here illegally? Illogical.

We can only hope, King

That Dalton will challenge Perdue in the primary.

Re: Dalton votes, ducks out

Could it be that Dalton is starting his run for the governership already?

Maybe Dalton can tell Perdue how to keep a campaign promise

Because she really seems to have a problem telling the truth.

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