Posted: 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013
John Litland

In 2010, the Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate rejected the 2001 DREAM Act amnesty legislation again. Last year, in cooperation with the illegal alien lobby, President Barack Obama bypassed Congress anddeclared a “temporary” delay in deportation for a group of illegal aliens who can claim to have been illegally brought to the U.S. as children. He calls his administrative amnesty “Delayed Action for Childhood Arrivals” or “DACA.”

The illegal alien lobby is now howling in Atlanta streets that illegals who have had their deportations delayed are somehow legal residents. And that in Georgia’s universities, they are eligible for the rights and privileges of citizens and legal immigrants who obeyed the law.

The truth is that, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Website, “deferred action does not provide an individual with lawful status.” The White House blog also makes it clear that the DACA process “does not provide lawful status or a pathway to permanent residence or citizenship.”

My (legal) immigrant wife and I look forward to immigration lawyer Charles Kuck trying to redefine the English language to convince a court that an illegal alien under DACA is somehow no longer an illegal alien. Kuck is also vice-chairman of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, alobbying group that marches in the streets of Georgia demanding an end to enforcement of American immigration laws that don’t benefit illegals.

At least three federal laws (8USC1611, 8USC1621 and 8USC 1623) clearly address illegal aliens and taxpayer-funded post secondary education, including in-state tuition. So does existing state law.

In 2006, Georgia passed the Georgia Security and Immigration Compliance Act.

That law excludes illegals from Georgia’s public universities and technical schools and rightfully denies them in-state tuition. In 2010, the Board of Regents adopted a ban on illegal aliens attending certain Georgia schools - like the University of Georgia - that have turned away academically-qualified students.

Recently, protester Hugo Da Silva claimed the Regents’ policy “ is motivated by racism.” He does not, however, enlighten us as to what race “illegal” actually is in Obama’s America.

A 2010 Mason-Dixon poll for the Georgia Newspaper Partnership showed that two-thirds of Georgians favor barring illegal aliens from attending UGA and other public colleges. Even if they pay out-of-state tuition.

Whatever sympathy we may have for the youngsters who are victims of their parents’ crimes, it’s doubtful most voting Georgians would sit silently if the Regents were to revert to allowing illegal aliens to attend UGA while that school turns away qualified American student applicants.

The good news at our house is that the current demand for even more special privileges for illegal aliens seems to demonstrate a profound doubt that another amnesty will pass in Washington, D.C.