The Judiciary Non-Civil Committee of Georgia's General Assembly heard SB458. This bill seeks to make it illegal for illegal alien students to attend Georgia's public universities and technical schools. The bill does not apply to private colleges. During the committee hearing, there were representatives from both sides of the issue that spoke before the committee.
As expected, the ACLU called the bill, "fundamentally unjust and economically short-sighted." In a state with 9.1% unemployment, 4th highest in the nation in foreclosures and, most recently, with more illegal aliens than Arizona, the ACLU, as usual, sides with the illegal alien lobby. The Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO), also called the bill "short-sighted." GALEO has a history of pushing for legislation that leaves Americans and real legal immigrants footing the bill for those who choose to violate our laws by escaping capture at the border. The Executive Director of GALEO, Jerry Gonzalez, passionately advocates for illegal aliens while exhausting the boundaries of civility during the committee meeting. He goes so far as to state that the legislation extinguishes the dreams of students. Georgians are to be held responsible because parents illegally came to or remain in the US.
Surprisingly, or maybe not so surprisingly, the Georgia Board of Regents (BoR) sided with the ACLU and GALEO. The BoR governs the university system of Georgia. The Board consists of doctors, lawyers, CEOs and educators, each notable in their own right. However, the argument posited by the Chairman of the Board of Regents, Chancellor Huckaby, is, "Continue to allow us to charge out-of-state tuition to illegal aliens" and their reasoning is, "other states do it, so it is okay." Lost on this group of notables is the fact that an illegal alien student is not lawfully in this country. To allow one illegal alien to take the seat of an American or legal immigrant, is an affront to both.
It is "fundamentally unjust and economically short-sighted" to ask Georgia taxpayers to reward border escape with a college education.