Georgia immigrants seek in-state tuition
August 01, 2013 11:26 PM | 1452 views | 6 6 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
By Kate Brumback

Associated Press Writer

ATLANTA — A group of young people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children asked a court Thursday to instruct the Georgia university system’s Board of Regents to grant them in-state tuition.

The almost three dozen young immigrants, who have been granted temporary permission to stay in the U.S. under an Obama administration policy introduced in 2012, filed their request in DeKalb County Superior Court. Being denied in-state tuition causes immigrant students to have to pay the much higher out-of-state rate, which is nearly impossible for some and substantially affects their financial futures, the lawsuit says.

The Georgia university system requires any student seeking in-state status for tuition purposes to provide verification of “lawful presence” in the U.S. The Regents have said that students with temporary permission to stay under the new program — known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA — do not meet that requirement. But the Regents’ policy does not define “lawful presence,” the lawsuit says.

The Board of Regents does not comment on pending litigation, spokesman John Millsaps said in an email.

The program allows young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children to obtain work permits for two years, which then are eligible for renewal. To qualify, they must show that they came to the U.S. before they turned 16 and were 30 years old or younger when the policy was announced on June 15, 2012. They must also have lived in the U.S. continuously since 2007, and either be in school, have graduated from high school or served in the military. And they can’t have a serious criminal record or pose a threat to public safety or national security.

The Department of Homeland Security considers people who have qualified for the program to be lawfully present, according to a fact sheet on the website of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a division of DHS.

For that reason, the lawsuit argues, program participants who otherwise meet residency requirements should be eligible for in-state tuition.

“Securing in-state tuition for these DACA Recipients, who are lawfully present in the United States and entitled to this benefit, is our goal and we are honored to be by their side seeking to achieve it,” said lawyer Charles Kuck who is representing the young people.

Policies on allowing students in the country illegally and those accepted into the deferred action program to pay in-state tuition vary from state to state.

Georgia has long prohibited students who are living in the country illegally from paying in-state tuition.

Those in the country illegally also are effectively barred from the most competitive state schools by an October 2010 Regents policy that prohibits any school that has rejected academically qualified applicants in the previous two years from those here illegally.

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August 08, 2013
I, a young Hispanic female, who also just received my work permit find it saddening that I have so many friends with opportunities to quality for fasfa or any type of aid and do not even plan on going to school. If I could pay in state tuition for the local community college (around 1000) I would gladly pay out of pocket with no assistance from the govt. I know some states do allow this and it saddens me that in the state of GA this is such a problem I hope and pray that something changes soon. I don't see how it would harm anyone.
August 07, 2013
Glad to be represented by Kuck Immigration, the firm truly stands by the rights of "people". Let's not forget these immigrants are people seeking education, kids that were brought to the U.S. before they had a say about it.

At last they're not asking for support from the government, instead they're willing to pay for their education at a fare rate as residents of the State of Georgia with lawful presence in the eyes of the Department in charged to adjudicate their status, the Department of Homeland Security, NOT the Georgia University System.
Adam B
August 07, 2013
Thank you very much!
fo rizzle
August 02, 2013
So, I break into your house then demand that you feed me, provide my health care, and subsidize my education.

What a joke!
Adam B
August 07, 2013
We never broke into anybody's house and we are not asking for anybody to feed us or give us health care. All we are asking for is to pay a cheaper fee to get some Education, and we do not need the U.S. Government to pay our tuition.

I am a Senior in the University with 6 classes to go, and every semester I have been paying $9,000 . Now I am just at the verge of graduating, so can I please pay in-state now that I am lawfully present in the States.

I know you probably don't want to put yourself in my shoe or u hate people like us, but according to the same History I learned in school, there is a way or another we all got here. I know you people had cleaned things up and gave people like us a chance, but please we need to be provided with the little that we are entitled to.
August 08, 2013

Subsidize :Verb

1.Support (an organization or activity) financially.

2.Pay part of the cost of producing (something) to reduce prices for the buyer.

No one is asking for financial support. Just not to have to pay double what someone else would for the same education. I don't think financial assistance should be available that is understandable but I don't agree with the out of state tuition for those that qualify for the differed action program seeking a higher education.
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