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Opponents of immigration bill rally at Ga. Capitol

ATLANTA (AP) — A few dozen people opposing legislation that would bar illegal immigrants from state colleges, universities and technical schools rallied at the Capitol.

The rally Tuesday came just days after Senators passed the bill out of committee. It now goes to the full Senate for a vote.

Supporters of the bill said it's necessary to preserve state-funded education for citizens and legal residents. Opponents said the bill unfairly denies motivated students the opportunity to further their education.

Illegal immigrants are already barred from the state's most competitive schools, including the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech, but may still be admitted to any other state college or university, provided that they pay out-of-state tuition.

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notblind 2 years, 1 month ago

It's amazing how much discussion there is about people who have no legal or moral right to be inside our borders.

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kevin 2 years, 1 month ago

we should pick them up one by one and send them back. We have no patience for people that don't obey our laws. They put me in jail if I don't follow the law so why give any illegal a pass? Is is a slap in the face of law-abiding citizens. Did you see the word, citizens?

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news2me 2 years, 1 month ago

Why don't these supporters help Illegals become citizens first? If you are smart enough to attend college, then paperwork to become a citizen should not be too difficult to comprehend and complete. If you have enough money to pay for out of state tuition, then the cost of citizenship and fines incurred should be no problem either.

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news2me 2 years, 1 month ago

Upon further thinking, I would be fine with them paying in state tuition as long as they were given no financial incentives, grants, aid, etc. But bottom line, if they are motivated enough to further their education, then they should be motivated to become citizens. Illegal Alien probably does not look good on a college graduate's resume.

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ACC12_SEC13Booster 2 years, 1 month ago

The problem with letting illegal aliens attend state-funded institutions at any tuition rate, in-state or out-of-state, is that very limited spots are taken away from legal Georgian citizens whom pay the taxes that fund the operation and existence of these great and beneficial institutions.

Legal Georgian citizens should always have priority over out-of-state students and legal immigrants and aliens. Illegal aliens should not even be up for consideration as there are only about roughly 310,000 spaces (in a state of roughly 10 million residents) in publicly-funded University of Georgia system institutions both four-year and two-year.

There are NOT an unlimited number of spots in the UGA system. All of the estimated 385 illegal aliens who are attending classes at state post-secondary institutions are doing so at the expense of legal Georgian citizens as there have been veterans of the U.S. Military that have been denied access to state institutions because one of those precious few spots were taken by an illegal alien which is ABSOLUTELY and COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE to the law-abiding and taxpaying citizens of this great state.

Publicly-funded postsecondary education is a BENEFIT that is to be preserved for law-abiding citizens of the state of Georgia, NOT out-of-state students, NOT legal aliens and, ESPECIALLY, NOT ILLEGAL ALIENS.

There is no room for compromise or nuance on this issue. This bill MUST become law IMMEDIATELY.

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RiggaTony 2 years, 1 month ago

I agree with these other posters. When Jesus said, "What you do the least of my people, you also do to me." I'm pretty sure he was excluding children brought into this country illegally.

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toby 2 years, 1 month ago

The world hates America. Why would they want to go to school here? Go to France.

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SuxBeanU 2 years, 1 month ago

After reading the headline I clicked on the story expecting to read about the hundreds, or thousands, rallying at the capitol. Instead I read that there was about 24 people in attendance. And this makes the news?? Really? There is more people than that hanging around the average QT gas station and that doesn't make the news. This sounds like another one of those "protests" where there are more press people than protesters.

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