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Regents Ban Illegal Immigrants From University Of Georgia, Georgia Tech

First Posted: 10/13/10 01:10 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 07:00 PM ET

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Georgia's state board of regents decided today to ban illegal immigrants from the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech and four other schools effective next fall, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The new ruling gives admissions favor to Georgia residents. According to the Journal-Constitution, the regents ruled that illegal immigrants should not be able to enroll at any college "that has rejected academically qualified applicants for the past two academic years because of a lack of space or other issues." The other schools affected by the ban include Georgia State, Medical College of Georgia and Georgia College & State University.

Earlier this year, the state was rocked by the case of Jessica Colotl, a Kennesaw State University student who was placed in a detention center after she was discovered to be an illegal immigrant during a routine traffic stop. After an intense lobbying campaign, her case was deferred for a year and she was allowed to continue in her studies.

In light of Colotl's case, the Journal-Constitution reported that Georgia's public colleges actually require unlawful U.S. residents to lie on their college applications in order to have any chance of gaining entry:

The form used by the 35 institutions that make up the University System of Georgia asks prospective students to disclose their citizen status. They have just three options:

* U.S. citizen;

* Nonresident alien: A person who is not a citizen or national of the U.S. and who is in this country on a visa or temporary basis and does not have the right to remain indefinitely;

* Permanent resident: A non-citizen living in the U.S. under legally recognized and lawfully recorded permanent residence status as an immigrant.

According to the Red & Black, the University of Georgia's freshman class has not a single undocumented student. Previously, the regents said that undocumented students could attend the state's public universities if they paid out-of-state tuition.

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