In 2008, Virginia’s Republican state Delegate Christopher Peace attempting to pass a bill that would ban undocumented immigrants from attending public university. The bill was not passed, but now he’s trying again.
When presented to the Virginia House in 2008, Peace’s original bill passed, but it did not make it through the Senate. He says this year’s bill will be along the same lines as his previous one, but says this one is more about dealing with issues he says the federal government refuses to handle.
Peace reportedly told a newspaper, “The federal government has continued to not act in these areas, and as a result, the states are having to look across the board to limit the incentives for people to be here” illegally.
If this bill is passed, Virginia will become the fourth state in the country to ban undocumented students from enrolling in public universities and colleges. So far, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina prohibit undocumented students from attending public higher education institutions.
Undocumented students are eligible for neither public funded student grants nor federal financial aid.