D.A. King: House bill would halt illegal immigrants’ admission to Georgia’s public universities
by D.A. King
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January 18, 2012 12:36 AM | 3399 views | 28 28 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Georgia’s House Bill 59, from state Rep. Tom Rice (R-Gwinnett), is essentially a bill that says all public universities and tech schools in Georgia must ask for proof of eligibility from student applicants for admission and verify that aliens who apply are indeed eligible, using legal immigration status.

It should be passed ASAP.

In 2006, Georgia passed the Georgia Security and Immigration Compliance Act, the first state level comprehensive illegal immigration reform legislation in the nation (yes, including Arizona). It went into effect on July 1, 2007.

Part of that law makes it clear that taxpayer funded “post secondary education” (at Georgia’s public universities and technical schools) are public benefits from which illegal aliens are excluded. This state law took language from long-standing federal law that clearly lists post secondary education along with welfare, disability, public or assisted housing, food assistance, unemployment benefit and commercial licenses (including business licenses) as “state and local” — and federal — public benefits.

Georgia’s Board of Regents, the entity that runs the state university system, ignored the language and intent of the 2006 law and is even now knowingly and defiantly admitting illegal aliens into Georgia’s public universities and tech schools. Because of a 2010 complaint from yours truly exposing the ongoing violations, the Regents held special committee meetings through much of that summer and announced a new policy saying they would not use the available verification system in place and would continue to admit illegals to all of the schools except five universities.

Because there was no official state action on the complaint, it’s back to the legislature.

The author of the 2006 law, state Sen. Chip Rogers, now Senate Majority Leader, testified as to “legislative intent” in a February 2011 House Higher Education Committee hearing on HB 59. He made it clear that the law was meant to preserve Georgia’s university classroom seats for students who are either U.S. citizens or lawfully present aliens.

The chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules also took the time to testify to the same committee in favor of the bill and carefully explained that his own son had been denied admission to a local university because it had no available seats for his selected classes.

His son was a member of the United States military.

The Regents have no real valid argument except to constantly drone that “education is our mission.” The hope is to convince us that Georgia has an unlimited and infinite number of resources and college classroom seats. We don’t.

In addition to the demand that we not only admit illegal immigrants, but reward them with far cheaper instate tuition, the usual hard-left suspects who oppose HB 59 (of course they do) wails that we should not punish illegal alien children for what their illegal alien parents have done.

Maybe, but with Georgia being a destination and home for hundreds of thousands of real, legal immigrants from all over the world and a limited number of public college classroom seats, one needs to ask why we would punish their lawfully present children for what their parents did not do - intentionally and brazenly violate American immigration and employment laws.

You may ask why we would dedicate any of our limited taxpayer financed state post secondary education resources to educate a student who is in the country illegally when that individual is not legally eligible to work anywhere in the country upon graduation. Me too.

If you have asked yourself why we would turn away a member of the U.S. military — or a veteran — because we admitted an illegal alien…you are not alone.

HB 59 will make Georgia even less attractive to illegal immigrants and was put on hold last year in order to devote full attention to (the now famous) HB 87 which eventually became law. Thousands of illegals have fled Georgia as a result. Enforcement works.

As part of his campaign, Gov. Deal promised in this newspaper to “…do whatever necessary to prohibit illegal aliens from attending any school in Georgia’s university system and our technical college system.”

Surprisingly, HB 59 has not yet seen a vote by the entire Georgia House so that it can go to the Senate and then to Governor Deal for signing.

Readers would do hopeful young citizen and real immigrant students a huge favor if they take five minutes to call their own state Senators and Representatives insisting that HB 59 – a bill that says that even Georgia universities must obey the law – be speedily passed.

D.A. King is president of the Cobb-based Dustin Inman Society, which opposes illegal immigration. He works closely with Georgia legislators on the issue.
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Marie in Marietta
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January 28, 2012
I have said it before and will say it again: Rich Pellegrino is a mindless tool of the illegal alien lobby and Mr. King is a brave hero for standing up for us. He is not "attacking youth" - he is protecting youth! LEGAL YOUTH.

We are all desperate to get the illegals out of Georgia and the USA! Rich doesn't tell us why we should educate the illegals who cannot work here - or why we should keep the veterans out of schools but let in illegals who hate us.

But that is Rich.
Richard Pellegrino
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January 26, 2012
I have said it before and I will say it again...the author and supporters of this bill, and Mr. King, and anyone and everyone who attacks youth of any background who are trying to educate themselves-- are nothing but gutless, school yard bullies...plain and simple...and hence must have a high degree of self-loathing to stoop to such lows. Just like other bullies they will eventually fail and fall--that,I am sure of! This act of desparation is a prime example of their downfall.
el paso
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January 25, 2012
I think we should keep the illegals and deport convicted felons. They are the real undersirables, right Mr. King
To WJM
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January 18, 2012
My niece was told she could not be admitted to

Georgia Gwinnett College classes in 2010 because they were full. There is a very public, angry and open group of self-proclaimed "undocumented" students already enrolled there, two, who it turned out, were in the classes my daughter asked for.

Get illegals out of Georgia!

Speedy G
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January 19, 2012
How do you know they are illegal? just because they look like they are Latino. Did you ever think that they they was born in the States just like you and I. That makes them a USC also. By the way why would they be angry?
To WJM
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January 21, 2012
Because they wear tshirts that read: " I AM UNDOCUMENTED AN UNAFRAID" you apologist sellout!
June39
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January 18, 2012
When will our leaders understand that we need no discussion or even a conversation about illegals -They need to go, each and every one, no exceptions, especially those who've broken the law the longest (hear that, Newt)? Eisenhower demanded they leave when he was President. They did and the world did not come to an end. We also need a moratorium on ALL immigration for ten years. No more goodies to illegals and an end to the birthright citizenship fiasco. Give them 30 days to leave or face a jail term. What is so hard about that?
Dave Francis
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January 18, 2012
Owing to years of incompetence and intentional neglect, illegal immigration is well out of control. The open border and special interests and government bureaucracy have been raining down on the American People, telling us illegal alien entry has dwindled to a trickle across our progressively dangerous border--but what about the 20 million plus already settled here? What about the unfunded mandatory laws and statutes that the courts have forced on taxpayers in supplying public assistance to people who violate the law by crossing borders or over staying a visitors visas? Unfunded mandates are laws promulgated upon State and local governments, or even private entities to perform certain measures, although they provide no cash to fulfill these regulations and therefore born by the U.S. Taxpayer. Unfunded mandates place an unfair burden on lower levels of government, creating huge, unmanageable expenses for state and city governments. Taxpayers cover the costs of education through k-12 for the children of illegal migrants and immigrants. Taxpayers are also frisked to pay for health care, food stamps, Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families for the whole extended families.

An estimated 340, 000 women come here, smuggling unborn babies into America, for intent on placing the expensive burden of upbringing for taxpayers to foot the bill. Steve King’s (R-IA) Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 (H.R.140) would amend the law so the unborn babies of illegal aliens smuggled calculatedly through borders or by international flight are ineligible for citizenship. The cost to hospitals and an array of welfare payments and entitlements is the most costly for US taxpayers totaling billions of more dollars. The current unfunded mandates are over $113 billion a year for other countries poverty. Now the federal government wants taxpayers to cover a general Amnesty that would cost $2.6 Trillion dollars when completed, while the Democrats wants another 1.4 Trillion dollars to supplement the $15 Trillion dollars we own foreign investors including China.

A SOVEREIGN NATION HAS EVERY RIGHT TO DEFEND ITS BORDER’S AND PUNISH ILLEGAL ENTRIES AS A FELONY? ARE THE U.S. TAXPAYERS FOREVER ON THE HOOK, TO PAY FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS?

We already have millions of low skilled, many uneducated American workers who remain unemployed in this economic jungle. Every American citizen whether born in the US, or naturalized should be first to be employed, along with legal residents. Lama Smiths E-Verify “the Legal Workforce Act." At the very least, it is a surefire step in the right direction to obstruct illegal labor from taking American jobs.

Learn the options at NumbersUSA, the Federation of American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and alternately study the corruption in Congress and in the State capitals at Judicial Watch. Join the TEA PARTY and fight back, before there is no way back for America? The TEA PARTY does not discriminate any nationality, if you arrived in this nation by—LEGAL MEANS? THE TEA PARTY will not tolerate another mass Amnesty, Sanctuary Cities, Dream Acts or Chain Migration anymore. We can all stand with our fellow jobless countryman by Calling House and Senate Leadership NOW at 202-224-3121, which is the Capitol Switchboard.

Attn: Don’t let the Government a right to free speech? Contact your members of Congress and inform the “PLEASE DON’T CENSOR THE WEB” and demand they crush this law. This law of Freedom of the Internet,” will lead to another law until the bureaucrats take over. Millions of Internet users and entrepreneurs already oppose SOPA and PIPA. Sign the petition on GOOGLE and stop yet another travesty of our laws?

Demidow
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January 18, 2012
Duh, what a brilliant thought. House bill to actually do what is already in official U.S. immigration policy. If only millions of Americans weren't so unconcerned and clueless as well, about what actually goes on their nation, that they keep believing is governed by the "rule of law". Yeah, right.
W.J.M.
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January 18, 2012
Absolutely inaccurate. The Attorney General's Office was charged with interpreting the law and they ruled that it was not a public benefit if the University System charges the full cost of attendance and no seat is taken away from an academically qualified Georgian. See page 6 of the 2011 Report of the Attorney General on Public Benefits. The University System does exactly that. No seats are taken from a Georgian and the student is paying the full cost of their education.
Dave Canread
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January 18, 2012
This says that an American military man couldnt get into a Ga college because it was full. A college that takes illegals. How is that "absolutely inaccurate"?
Demidow
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January 19, 2012
Yes IN THEORY, but the proponents of illegal immigration have been wrong on the theory in every case. For example, they pay taxes. Yes, they do. But when illegal aliens get earned income credit to supplement their pay because it isn't enought to raise a family, pay bills,etc. the American taxpayer gets screwed. When a job is done by illegal aliens, it isn't cheaper, as so many on the open borders left claim, because the employer pockets the difference that he underpays them. The customer saves nothing. Theoretically, what you say would seem the case, unfortunately the policies of the left, always make Americans come up abused, get the short end of the stick. The open borders left is destroying this nation and are direct enablers of the very Wall Street policies they claim to oppose. They're insane.
Demidow
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January 19, 2012
The law says anyone benefitting the stay, employment,or in anyway enabling foreign nationals illegaly in the country is subject to a fine, imprisonment or both. So the college officials that routinely enable anyone with a status of being in the nation illegaly, need to pay the consequences.
Demidow
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January 19, 2012
Last comment, there is no need to interpret the law. Immigration law (U.S.)is crystal clear and the attorney general hasn't the authority to interpret immigration law.
King reader
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January 18, 2012
Having spent years going through the system that takes in more legal immigrants than any other nation in the world, the recent arrivals to Georgia are greeted with the Regents' message that they are complete fools for having gone to all that trouble.

Children of the border jumpers are quietly rewarded and allowed to take the university classroom spaces so coveted in the new country by the puzzled immigrant, who by now is quite correctly wondering about this whole "justice for all, equal protection under the law" concept he has heard so much about.

A Taxpayer
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January 18, 2012
Thank God for D. A. King who dares to stand up for that which most public figures don't even dare to mention. Illegal aliens are just that: illegal. Not only do illegal aliens not belong in our college classrooms, they don't belong in our country. People who commit breaking and entering are criminals, just the same as aliens who break into our country are criminals. Why is the Board of Regents trying to reward criminal aliens, and punish law abiding Americans?
George Budman
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January 18, 2012
I agree, the Regents must have way too much money in their budget! What arrogance!

I want to know why there was no prosecution on the compliant Mr. King filed two years ago! We now have an Attny. General who said during his campaign that illegals should not be in Georgia's university system at all. I want action and I am grateful to the MDJ and Mr. King.

If only the legislature knew as much about illegal immigration as King does. If you want to see that he is on the right track, just go to the illegal alien lobby's GALEO facebook page to see them going wild about King and planning on confronting legislators at the Capitol on this.

I say YES to HB 59 - and HB 87 from last year better be enforced or we will need to replace the entire General Assembly! My next call is to my state Rep! Great informative and easy to understand column!
Cut Regents Budget
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January 18, 2012
Plainly the Regents have excessive funds and the University System budget should be reduced. If they can give away college seats to folks who should be in jail they have too much money.
Pat H
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January 18, 2012
The Regents want to raise tuition? If they are still pushing these arrogant Dreamers, then they should not be charging the students of legal immigrants and citizens any more money for their tuition.

We are paying enough for illegal aliens.
GAFight
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January 18, 2012
Thank you Mr. King for continuing to fight against illegal immigration and the injustices that come with it. I will call my representatives. Interesting how our gov't officials can ignore the laws, but let a parent fuss at school or a third grader bring a plastic knife to school in their lunch bag to cut their apple and they are expelled. I guess you have to be illegal to have rights!
Bob A
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January 18, 2012
WHY ARE WE PAYING OUR TAXES TO PROVIDE EVEN A BUILDING FOR A COLLEGE EDUCATION FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS!???
Bobbie M
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January 18, 2012
There is a law on the books and if the Regents want to ignore that law then they should be prosecuted. Furthermore, what are these illegals going to do with a college education, considering it's illegal to hire them to work without papers. I am sick of seeing illegals come before our own children and the children of legal immigrants. We have laws that are not being enforced and that's a real crime.
RD Carrington
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January 18, 2012
Good points.

And once again, so much time and effort is being spent to simply enforce laws that are actually already there and being ignored. There is no reason legal citizens and legal immigrants have to compete in any way with illegal aliens - or fund them.
David an American
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January 18, 2012
Illegals children get a free education though grade 12, U.S. Citizens should get the first, then legal immigrant students. At that point all space is used up, so be it. They can go to Private schools and pay there own way. So they have choices, just not on the tax payer dime.
anonymous
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January 18, 2012
Great point! The illegal alien lobby is constantly insulting legal immigrants and nobody ever seems to notice. Hooray for King!

"with Georgia being a destination and home for hundreds of thousands of real, legal immigrants from all over the world and a limited number of public college classroom seats, one needs to ask why we would punish their lawfully present children for what their parents did not do - intentionally and brazenly violate American immigration and employment laws."

Darcy Marietta
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January 18, 2012
How many times do we have to see a state law passed to keep illegals out of our lives to actually have one enforced?
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