Thu., June 17, 2010 6:15pm (EDT)

Illegal Students Under Scrutiny
By Rickey Bevington
Updated: 4 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
A group of state senators says Georgia law bars illegal immigrants from attending taxpayer-supported schools.(photo courtesy Billia Hara)
A group of state senators says Georgia law bars illegal immigrants from attending taxpayer-supported schools.(photo courtesy Billia Hara)
14 state senators are scolding the University Board of Regents.

They say the board has done a poor job complying with immigration laws.

In a letter sent Wednesday, the lawmakers praised the regents' recent creation of a committee to examine ways to check students’ residency status.

The goal is to prevent illegal immigrants from getting in-state tuition at public colleges and universities.

But the senators say denying reduced rates to illegal students doesn't go far enough.

They say Georgia law bars illegal immigrants from attending taxpayer-supported schools.

They argue that allowing undocumented students into schools, denies legal Georgians educational opportunities.

The issue arose recently when a Kennesaw State University student was arrested for being in the country illegally.