Some legislators are pushing for undocumented immigrant students to be given access to in-state tuition rates at Georgia’s public colleges.
Several bills on the issue are proposed in the Georgia House of Representatives. The bills, which have been assigned to the House’s higher education committee, include some restrictions such as the student having graduated from a Georgia high school.
About 21,000 people in Georgia participate in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, according to the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute. DACA gives young immigrants a work permit and protection from deportation, and status must be renewed every two years.