Last Friday, Civitas wondered about the curious timing of the attorney general’s release of a letter from the Department of Homeland Security stating that North Carolina must decide for itself whether to admit illegal aliens into its community colleges. Did Attorney General Cooper time his office’s response to coincide with the end of the 2008 session, thus relieving legislators of their responsibility to vote on this question?
One piece of evidence suggests he did. Note that the letter from the Department of Homeland Security is dated July 9, 2008. The two-paragraph response from the AG’s office is dated July 24. The session ended on July 18.
It seems, then, that the attorney general’s office sat on the letter for a full two weeks before taking action.
Wouldn’t it have been better if the General Assembly had decided this issue once and for all? Wouldn’t it be better, moving forward, to ask the General Assembly to do so? — rather than punting to an anonymous (excepting Bev Perdue and Richard Moore) state board?