A Republican representative (what else?), Tom Rice, R-Norcross, is preparing a bill to introduce to the Georgia General Assembly to bar undocumented immigrants from enrolling in any of the state’s public colleges and universities. The bill would add secondary education to the list of public benefits that would require citizenship verification under state law.
Earlier in October, the University System of Georgia Board of Regents approved several measures to ensure that undocumented would not take spots in state universities that would otherwise have gone to academically qualified legal citizens, including denying undocumented applicants to institutions that because of space limitations are turning away academically eligible students.
The schools that are included are The University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Georgia State University, the Medical College of Georgia and Georgia College & State University.
Rep. Rice is still forging forward because in his opinion the board’s policy does not go far enough because doesn't completely shut down the ability of illegal immigrants to attend public colleges in Georgia. Does Rep. Rice plan to compensate the universities for missed funding if this were law?