Activist blasts Board of Regents
by Kathryn Dobies
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May 26, 2010 12:00 AM | 4112 views | 41 41 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA - Anti-illegal immigration activist D.A. King has asked federal and state law-enforcement agencies to investigate the Georgia Board of Regents, which King insists is violating the law by admitting illegal immigrants and charging them in-state tuition.

King cited state and federal statutes, OCGA 50-36-1 and 8 U.S.C. 1611, 1621 and 1623 that state that illegal immigrants are ineligible for state and local public benefits, which include post-secondary education. King, whose actions were prompted by the case of Kennesaw State University student Jessica Colotl, sent the requests to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Immigration and Customs Enforcement under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on May 19.

King, the founder of the Dustin Inman Society, wants Regents schools to use the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlement Program to verify the citizenship of students. Designed by the federal government, the SAVE Program checks the immigration status of noncitizens applying for federal, state and local public benefits and licenses. A spokesman for the GBI said Tuesday that under Georgia law, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation could not respond to requests from a citizen to open an investigation. The request, instead, has to come from a public official, like a district attorney, a sheriff, a superior court judge or a governing official. Representatives for ICE did not return phone calls in response to King's letters on Tuesday. Regents spokesman John Millsaps denied that the Board is breaking the law, and could not confirm whether the board will take up the issue at its next meeting, June 8 and 9.

"Current federal and state law do not preclude an individual from applying to college. Anyone may apply - and if the applicant meets the admissions requirements and is accepted, he or she may enroll," Millsaps said. "The Board provides in-state tuition only for Georgia residents. Undocumented students may still enroll but, like any other non-Georgian, must pay out-of-state tuition, which can be three times as much as in-state. The out-of-state tuition rate is set at the full cost of instruction."

That prompted King to ask, "Is the Board of Regents smarter than a fifth grader?"

"I am very, very disappointed as a citizen that I am the one who has to know, understand and take action on this," King said. "We need to be asking the question, how many real immigrants and American citizens have lost their classroom seats because of the violation in policy by our Board of Regents system?"

King also said he is prepared to file a civil lawsuit in state court against the Board of Regents, asking a judge to issue a temporary restraining order halting any admissions until the university system complies with the policy.

Gov. Sonny Perdue weighed in on the controversy Tuesday, supporting the Regents.

"The university's primary obligation is to educate students," Perdue said. "To expect them to be the immigration agents or the determinants of whether someone is here legally or illegally is really beyond their scope of work."

The governor also said he agreed that Colotl should be allowed to finish her studies.

"The balance of a humane society has some compassion element to that," Perdue said. Allowing Colotl to stay, he said "is not my decision to make, but I would not voice disagreement if that decision were made."

Colotl, an illegal immigrant, was stopped for a traffic violation on KSU's campus and arrested on March 30 for failure to provide a valid driver's license, it was discovered that she had also been paying in-state tuition since she enrolled as a freshman in fall 2006.
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sowrong3
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May 31, 2010
@Greg in Atlanta:

Yes, your analogy is off base.

Try another one.

Comparing the Jewish community to the illegal Mexican community isn't helpful.
sitnontopofamtn
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May 27, 2010
Perdue you are worthless. You stood by and let illegals take our state, and now you can't side with the law.

Illegal alien is not a race, but, the Mexicans hold first place in fence jumping. I say get out (said that over 18 years ago when no-one whould listen).

You race baiters should go to Mexico and see what their immigrant laws are like, don't tell us we are wrong when your worse, and go fix your own country and let me worry about mine you cockroach.
Burns
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May 27, 2010
Illegals aren't even allowed to work here, after graduation or not. There is no shortage of people that are already highly educated trying to get into this country.

So, instead, we pay for illegals' schooling K-12 then listen to them whine and make demands on us because they aren't treated like any other citizen?

Dear Law-Breaking, border-jumping, gate-crashers.

Don't break into my home and complain about the furnishings and menu. If you feel you've been treated unfairly, the government has violated your rights, you're forced to live in the shadows and in fear then don't take it any longer. GET OUT, NOW.

P.S. Don't call us, we'll call you.
PRCS
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May 27, 2010
For those who don't quite get it:

Although states are required to provide a K-12 education for illegal alien children, they remain, upon graduation, illegal aliens who have no legal right to work in this country. Where do you think they end up working and with whose SS Card?

Even worse, after a U.S. college education--to which they were not entitled--they are still illegal aliens with no right to a job here.

How about asking Colotl where she thought she was going to find work before she got caught and where she thinks she'll be working now.
Pat H
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May 27, 2010
Mr. Valdez, are you a legal immigrant?
to King buffoon
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May 27, 2010
Nice try. We know who is who here and King is a hero. The Gov - not so much.
Veteran Observer
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May 27, 2010
Greg in Atlanta, what a silly analogy which is demeaning to Mr. King! You are obviously not a student of history or just a plain fool to throw the murder of six million people into a discussion of law enforcement and illegal immigration! What would be more relevant would be a discussion of the French repression and persecution of their illegals and how to deal with our problem without the riots and head-bashing going on there!
Robert Valdez
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May 27, 2010
My children will soon be at college age. I am an immigrant. They are all citizens. I pray that we will not have any trouble getting them into KSU when it is time because illegals are there.
Old vet
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May 26, 2010
Mr. King is always the one who takes the action and makes his voice heard. Sheriff Warren too.

I cannot imagine where Cobb and Georgia would be without men like these.

Raise you hand if you have heard a peep out of any candidate for election of re election to the Georgia legislature utter a peep about any of this.

Me neither. Sheriff Warren and Mr. King are our real leaders. I know that King has quit his business to fight the illegals and the people who help them.

I say "thank you" to both of them.
King Bufoon
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May 26, 2010
Let me see, do I respect the opinion of our governor or that of a convicted felon newshound? I'll go with the governor on this one.
mad american
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May 26, 2010
my daughter has had to have 3 background checks,plus show her birth certificate on several occasions.she went to KSU and has applied to be a sub at ccsd.seems any job, now reguires at the very least a birth certificate.so please explain to me how illegals get all these perks without one?D A King please run for governor,you have my vote.i'm ashamed of governor perdue,he dropped the ball.
Greg in Atlanta
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May 26, 2010
In the not so distant past, there was a society who did not want a group of people in their country, city, towns, or homes. We saw 6,000,000 people placed on buses and trains because they did not have the proper identification or "legal status" to be in that country. When you look at the situation in the U.S.A. today, we have thousands of children who were brought here by their parents, educated in our wonderful K-1 2 school systems, and now are on their way to these buses and trains with D.A. King serving as the lead driver. I think it is time for human compassion and time to stop the racial profiling least we return to the 1930's Germany? D.A. King and Hitler - both have 6 letters and need help.

anonymous
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May 26, 2010
She broke the law she is driving without a license and I bet she didn't have insurance either. What if she had been involved in a wreck and it was her fault? If you live in the United States there are laws we are suppose to live buy. She should be sent back to Mexico! Just will be a rollercoaster for every illegal alien because of their parents. She knew she wasn't legal and she should go back to mexico and come to America legally. That is the right thing for her to do.
Veteran Observer
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May 26, 2010
To the teacher and others who want to look the other way, it is not about these illegals as people! Many of them are nice people, but they are citizens of Mexico or Nigeria (like the President's Aunt) or wherever! This is not our responsibility to provide them with the benefits that we pay for! There is NO FREE LUNCH in this world and these people know it! That is why the KSU student LIED to the police when she was caught! The Governor is completely wrong in that his oath of office says he will uphold the laws of this state! It is HIS responsibility to get the Board of Regents to enforce their rules and follow the law or lead the investigation! If he does not he should be IMPEACHED by the legislature as it is their duty to remove elected officials who violate their oath of office! We the people and citizens of the state of Georgia must demand that our elected leaders follow the law or I believe it is our responsibility to refuse to pay our taxes!!! Taxation without representation is wrong and we have the power to stop this fooling around! These are our school and colleges not yours Governor!
speak english
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May 26, 2010
To the high school teacher who wrote that "someone needs to stick up for these unfortunate children" I will say this...they are given free breakfasts, lunches, free school supplies, subsidized field trips, free tutoring, free healthcare etc. Sounds like we have been taking care of them far too long.
daveyy
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May 26, 2010
Dreamact,

First of all, if they are in this country illegally, they have no right to 'further their education'. After high school they are considered of legal age and must act accordingly. If that means to return to their country of origin and go through the proper channels to achieve legal stauts, so be it.

Secondly, you are absolutely wrong in that these illegal immigrants are not taking up space in our colleges (please refer to my earlier post as to what you are wrong about). If you believe that then it is crystal clear that you don't know how the public university system works. If you also don't think that affirmative action has lowered the bar to let some 'deserving' students into college while leaving out those who have legitimately earned a spot you are doubly ignorant.
High School Teacher
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May 26, 2010
I've taught high school for the past decade. Sitting through graduation ceremonies at the conclusion of each academic year, the message of speaker after speaker was/is always the same: graduation is the first step to a wonderful array of occupational and higher education opportunities. That's the message. Of course, that's not reality if the graduate---for the luck of birthplace or parents---happens to be undocumented. There are many children like Colotl graduating each year from Marietta high schools; many excel both academically and behaviorally in spite of great obstacles. I'm proud to have taught them; I would be proud if they were my children. It's time for teachers to stand up for these unfortunate children.
Linda7965
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May 26, 2010
Governor Perdue and Lieut. Governor Cagle have spent their entire time in office catering to the opened border advocates.

Recently, The Georgia Policy and Budget Institute reported that the approved FY 2010 budget closed at a $3.3 billion budget deficit; with Georgia Facing Large Deficits in FYs 2011 & 2012.

It is a known fact that illegal immigration has created every problem we now are facing. Those who can see beyond their nose can attribute this huge shortfall to the huge influx of illegal aliens. Georgia has more illegal invaders than Arizona; hence more cost for education, healthcare, law enforcement and anchor babies.

With that in mind you would think that Perdue would be taking steps comparable to those of Governor Brewer, but no…the dismal outlook for Georgia’s legal citizens doesn’t seem to turn any faces red with shame. Instead Perdue makes the stupid statement that Universities are not in the immigration enforcement business. Americans can assume we are a nation of laws with no enforcement against crime.

Perdue and Cagle, like Bush will be retiring to comfort with the money, perks and position they have acquired by selling out America. Any candidate they endorse can be seen as a continuation of the same. I would not vote for any candidate in any office that hasn’t filled out a form on how they stand on illegal immigration. It is the most important issue facing America in 2010 and 2012. You can find these questionnaires to send to candidates on NumbersUSA. Then check out their answers on NumbersUSA.

Jimmi
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May 26, 2010
"laws, laws? We don't need no stinking LAWS"!
Elaine from Cobb
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May 26, 2010
To FlagLover, Maybe Jesus would think you are the embarrassment. Jesus expects all of us to be honest and UPHOLD the law of the land. Thank God for Mr. King.

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