Immigration Laws Affecting Youth
Summary of Immigration Laws Affecting Youth:
Georgia Board of Regent Ban on Undocumented Students
On October 13th, 2010, the Georgia Board of Regents voted to ban undocumented students from Georgia’s top five competitive universities. The board launched an investigation inquiring the number of undocumented students within the university system, if undocumented students received in-state tuition, and if undocumented students displaced academically qualified residents. The Board determined that among the 310,000 students that only 501 undocumented students (all paying out-of-state tuition) were registered within the university system. Following their findings, The Board voted for a four step policy change to verify residency of all applicants.
The addition of language on all applications that outlines the legal penalties for “false swearing,” or knowingly providing incorrect information on the forms. USG officials indicate this will better educate individuals about the process of applying to college.
The addition of language on all applications that, for the first time, will require applicants to state whether they are seeking in-state tuition. This will help institutions in making a decision on whether or not additional residency verification is necessary.
A policy requirement that USG institutions verify the lawful presence in the United States of any applicant that is admitted. Students who note they are seeking in-state tuition will, if not applying for federal financial aid (which has its own stringent verification processes), be subject to additional verification by the institution.
- A policy that any person not lawfully present in the United States shall not be eligible for admission to any USG institution which, for the two most recent academic years, did not admit all academically qualified applicants
The changes went into effect at the start of the 2011 Fall Semester. The universities that had to adhere to the ban include Georgia College & State University, Medical College of Georgia, Georgia State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Georgia.
-Information from The University System of Georgia
News on Immigration Laws Affecting Youth
The following is a re-post from the Georgia Students for Public Higher Education. Sign the petition below against unfair, anti-immigrant policies in our educational system. Spread the word.
GEORGIA STUDENTS FOR PUBLIC HIGHER EDUCATION ACTION ALERT
Anti-immigrant policies are hitting the ground on Georgia’s campuses. The University System of Georgia Board of Regents’ Policy 4.1.6
bars any person without “proper documentation” from enrolling in the five most competitive public universities. The Regents’ heinous agenda of immigrant scapegoating and incessant tuition and fee hikes must be stopped–by US!
Georgia’s attack on its people is intensifying, from HB-87 to Troy Davis’ death to the active assault on Atlanta Occupiers
. As concerned young peoples it is our duty to come together and respond swiftly and articulately.
This Tuesday, November 8th, Georgia Students for Public Higher Education, the Georgia Undocumented Youth Alliance, and other area organizations under the banner of the “November Coalition,” will unite to demand the immediate repeal of Policy 4.1.6.
SIGN HERE and JOIN the DAY OF ACTION to LIFT THE BAN!
12:00PM - Rally at Georgia State courtyard; March to USG headquarters, 270 Washington St., SW, Atlanta, GA 30334
1:00PM - Press conference outside USG addressing impact of BOR Ban
1:30PM - Flood Regents Meeting
2:00PM - Student reps of GUYA/GSPHE address Committee on Organization and Law, demand Regents lift Policy 4.1.6
The Regents continue to make harmful economic and political policies that attack students, immigrants, and their communities. We demand education, not segregation! We demand accessible and affordable, quality higher education for all; and will continue to fight for our libraries, our departments, our professors, our workers, our communities, and ourselves!
We stand in full solidarity with the International Student Movement and the ‘November Global Weeks of Action to Defend Education’, UC students protesting the UC Regents, and all people involved in the struggle for free and emancipatory education.
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By Lee Shearer (Athens Online) Click Here for full article.
More than 200 people gathered at the University of Georgia’s Arch on Tuesday, protesting a Board of Regents policy that bans undocumented students from applying to UGA and four other competitive state colleges.
“I grew up here. This is my country. This is my home just as much as anybody here,” said Alejandro Galeana, another Cedar Shoals student. An Athens resident since he was 2, Galeana also wants to attend UGA.
The high school students staged a mock graduation ceremony at the Arch, the symbolic entrance to the UGA campus. But it’s an entrance none of them can now pass through, they said, thanks to a policy the Board of Regents (not UGA) adopted in October.
Some of the students walked around in the crowd, asking those gathered to sign petitions protesting the policy, while others spread the word about the “Freedom University” being launched by a group of UGA faculty sympathetic to the students’ plight.
The free course is open to anyone, but the professors especially hope to draw people who may have been unable to attend college because of their immigration status or for economic reasons.