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[UPDATE] Regents OK Restrictions for Illegal Immigrants

By: AP
By: AP

[UPDATE] 10-13 10:44AM --

Atlanta, Georgia (AP) --

The state Board of Regents has voted to approve new policies regarding illegal immigrant applicants to Georgia colleges and universities.

The regents took up the issue at their meeting Wednesday, October 13.

The new policy prohibits the schools from accepting illegal
immigrant applicants if the school has rejected any academically
qualified students in the two most recent academic years. It also
requires each school to verify the legal presence in the U.S. of
each person applying for resident tuition status.

The board was forced to address the issue of illegal immigrant
students in Georgia after a high-profile case involving a Kennesaw
State University student who was nearly deported following an
arrest in the spring.

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Atlanta, Georgia (AP) --

The ACLU has called on the Board of Regents to reject a proposal that would limit the attendance of illegal immigrants at state colleges and universities.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia issued a statement
Monday, Oct. 11 urging the regents to continue to allow illegal immigrant
students to attend University System of Georgia schools.

A committee has recommended prohibiting the schools from
accepting illegal immigrant applicants if the school has rejected
any academically qualified applicants in the two most recent
academic years.

The proposal would also require each school to verify the legal
presence in the U.S. of each person applying for resident tuition
status.

The ACLU and other groups plan to send a letter to the regents
Tuesday.


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