The Georgia Senate just passed SB458 - a bill barring undocumented immigrants from attending any public universities in Georgia.
The Republicans sponsored this bill (of course), with sponsor in chief Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville. It passed the senate 34-19 yesterday.
Last year, the Georgia board of regents voted a measure to prohibit undocumented immigrants from attending the five of the most popular schools in cases they would be taking a slot that otherwise would go to a legal U.S. resident. These schools include UGA, Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Georgia Health Sciences University and Georgia College and State University.
The bill's sponsors object to having taxpayers fund benefits for undocumented immigrants, even those who are not at fault for their situation because they were brought to the U.S. at a very young age by their parents and want to improve their lives by going to college. This bill is morally wrong but it did not stop these people from sponsoring it or signing it into law.
Denying students access to higher education will hurt us in the long run because the less educated the workers are, the less they usually make and less taxes they pay over their lifetime. We should support people trying to improve their lives by going to college. These students pay out of state tuition anyway so they pay a lot more (about 4 times as much) as an in-state applicant so the state is not subsidizing much, if any.
The bill now moves to the Georgia House of Representatives where it is likely to pass even though it should not pass, both for moral reasons and economic reasons. But that never stopped any politician from voting a bill into law.