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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Attorney General Roy Cooper's office says state law would have to be changed before North Carolina's university and community college systems could offer in-state tuition to certain young immigrants brought to the U.S. without legal authorization.

Two staff attorneys in the Department of Justice wrote an advisory letter this week to a state House member seeking an opinion on in-state tuition for students who now qualify for work permits.

The lawyers say they agree with UNC and community college attorneys that North Carolina law doesn't allow for in-state rates for students in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Students can attend these campuses now if they graduated from a U.S. high school and pay out-of-state tuition.

A group advocating for these young people blasted Cooper for the opinion.

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