Georgia Bill Banning Illegal Immigrants From Public Colleges Advances

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Georgia is working to become the third state to bar illegal immigrants from attending public colleges and universities.

A Senate bill deals with verification of legal status for anyone receiving public benefits. It adds post-secondary education to the list of benefits, along with business licenses and Medicaid.

SB 458, sponsored by Sen. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, goes to the full Senate today for a vote. If it passes, it will head to a committee in the House.

Georgia Sen. Charlie Bethel, R-Dalton, said he thinks the bill has strong support in the Senate.

Proponents argue that higher education is a federal public benefit because colleges and universities receive federal funding, and illegal immigrants aren’t eligible for federal benefits.

Opponents say admitting illegal immigrants into public colleges doesn’t violate federal law.

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