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Bill Banning Illegal Immigrants From Georgia Colleges Clears House Panel

Bill Banning Illegal Immigrants From Georgia Colleges Clears House Panel

Illegal immigrants would be barred from attending Georgia's public colleges under legislation that passed a key House committee Monday.

Enlarge photo Jason Getz, jgetz@ajc.com Keish Kim, 20, of Roswell, can't hide her emotion as she talks to the House Higher Education Committee during a hearing on HB 59 on Jan. 31, 2012.

The Republican-led House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee passed Senate Bill 458 after about two hours of discussion. The measure passed the GOP-controlled Senate on March 5.

Sen. Barry Loudermilk, a Republican from Cassville and the lead sponsor of the bill, spoke in favor of his bill.

“One of the arguments you may hear today,” Loudermilk told the committee, “is what is wrong about allowing someone who may be here illegally to take one of the seats in one of our colleges or universities, if they just want to better themselves and they want to become a productive member of our society. Well, that is a good argument to make. However, it is a federal crime to hire someone who is illegally in this country.”

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