Bill To Bar Illegal Immigrants From Colleges Remains On Hold

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Discussion on a bill that might keep illegal immigrants from attending Georgia's colleges has been put off, for now.

Following an emotional hearing Tuesday that was more than two hours long, Rep. Carl Rogers of Gainesville, chairman of the House Committee on Higher Education, suspended debate of House Bill 59. He said committee members needed more time to hear from constituents.

Rogers, a Republican, said the bill likely would be back on the table for discussion in two to three weeks. He said he had received some 1,000 emails and letters about the bill, which would essentially deem enrollment at a state college, technical school or university a "public benefit."

Under Georgia's new immigration law, any person receiving a public benefit in the state must provide a document showing his or her presence in the country is legal and sign an affidavit swearing the same.

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