Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan (D-Austell) and David Wilkerson (D-Austell) who later joined her, are two Georgia State representatives who want to allow undocumented college students to pay in-state tuition to attend Georgia’s public universities.
They had a town hall meting after meeting with students at Pebblebrook High School who participated in a walk-out last year. Currently undocumented immigrants must pay out-of-state tuition based on a law the Georgia legislature passed last year.
'If you cut off that potential at the end of high school, and they have no other options, what are they supposed to do?' are some of Rep. Morgan's words. 'Where do they work? Where do they live? How do they pay taxes? How do they give back to society? These are kids who are brought here at 3 or 4 years old who consider themselves American by culture. They don’t know anything about the country that their parents are from. And so we’re penalizing these kids who have worked hard, who have gone through our school systems, who have earned their grades, and we are cutting them off in terms of college accessibility. We’re not asking for special privileges. They’ve been a resident.'
We all know this is the right thing to do (to accept this proposal obviously). Anyone except the Republican antis that control the Georgia Congress, one of whom has a proposal out at the legislature this year to prohibit all undocumented immigrants from attending any of Georgia's public universities and colleges even if they pay out-of-state tuition, a very expensive prospect for children most of whom lack financial backing of their parents. This is just mean, to say the least, but it may pass with all the antis we have here in the south.