An Undocumented Student and Georgia Politics

May 13, 2010

A student at Kennesaw State University -- who came to the United States with her parents from Mexico when she was 10, and who does not have legal immigration papers -- was briefly detained in an immigration center last week. She received help from her sorority sisters and university administrators, who noted that it is completely legal under Georgia law for public colleges to enroll such students, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. But as press coverage increased, so did scrutiny. Eric Johnson, a Republican candidate for governor, is using the case to call for public colleges to be required to do citizenship checks in the admissions process.

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