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Georgia Passes New Immigration Law Concerning Dreamers

Georgia Passes New Immigration Law Concerning Dreamers

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Sofia Sanchez is a creative writer from Florida International University. As an aspiring, Latina writer she specializes in writing about international politics and issues within the Hispanic community.

Last Monday, March 6th, the Georgia Senate, passed a new immigration law called the SB458. Represented by the Republican Party, this law addresses the current issues related to the Dream Act and recent state legislature that pertains to undocumented immigrants and their children.

This project is based on undocumented students and their role in the admittance process of universities. The SB458 law for the state of Georgia restricts undocumented students from applying for aid from publically funded universities. They law does permit them to attend private universities however undocumented students do not have the right to solicit financial aid from the state of Georgia and a priority will be given to citizen students.

This law that has been referred to as the “Anti Dream” law was favored 34 to 19 in the senate after many hours of debate and discussion. It is now the House of Representative’s turn to discuss the matter and decide with a final vote the final approval of the law. At this time, South Carolina is the only state that has implemented these regulations. 

As a reaction to the SB458, democrats showed their opposition to the passing of the law by stating that it was unnecessary, unjust, and overlooks the future economic potential of the undocumented community. By giving them the opportunity to pursue a higher education, they would in turn earn a higher salary and generate more funds for the state.

With the ongoing presidential elections of 2012, immigration regulations have been brought to the forefront and have created a great deal of controversy, partly because of the lack of concordance between state and federal legislatures.

Attorneys in Tampa, Hispanic community leaders and representatives from various organizations from the Southeast have been concerned with legislature changes and its impact on their current clients and pending cases. Changes to the Georgia and Alabama legislatures could affect the states that surround them, especially Florida and its dominant Hispanic population.

From this moment on, undocumented students that would like to attend a university must provide proper documentation although this may cause administrative delays in the future.