3:14pm In hearing on #hb59 #GAanti-Dreambill
3:15pm Chairman Rice opens by saying immigrants are "welcome" to higher education #hb59
3:16pm Chairman Rice says he's personally committed to the educational advancement if immigrants who are here legally #hb59
3:17pm Mentions Jessica Colottl as an impetus to the writing of this bill#hb59
3:19pm #hb2 did not address higher education
3:20pm Chairman says all #hb59 does is adds to the list of "public benefits"
3:22pm #Chip Rodgers just walked in
3:23pm Rice says undocumented students would be taking the "spot" of anyone here legally
3:24pm Ashe asks how long it would take for info from SAVE to upload once a student enters his/her status info
3:24pm He responds "seconds" #hb59
3:25pm Rice has DA KING to speak on the behalf of #hb59
3:26pm The other bill crafted says that the intent of the bill is simply fairness.
3:27pm Says SAVE database would ensure that only those who qualify would benefit from these public benefits (Rodgers) #hb59
3:28pm Balfour now speaking using the term "illegal" quite blatantly
3:29pm Talking abt a soldier who got home from Ft. Benning who couldn't take advantage of his acceptance to Gainesville College bc an "illegal" took his place #hb59
3:31pm Balfour saying that #hb59 necessary bc the bd of Regents didn't go far enough in restricting admission to "illegals" to GA's top 5 univ.
3:31pm DA King standing behind us
3:33pm Balfour asked who is qualified to review a student's residency status at any university
3:33pm Balfour says, "that question is so simple I’ma let my assistant answer it." walks off
3:34pm The question is abt the costs the affidavits the SAVE syst would incur
3:35pm Rep Long says state can't pay for these affidavits
3:36pm Students would be accepted & enrolled until found to be undocumented. Then they'd be dumped! #hb59
3:37pm Rep. Long asks if schools would have to staff up to undertake the systematic overhaul the SAVE syst would cause. #hb59
3:37pm Another lawmaker asks if TEG dollars, which go to private schools, could be marked "only for legals" #hb59
3:38pm Answer is "no" #hb59
3:40pm Chairman says the committee will take some kind of action today on this bill #hb59
3:41pm Chancellor of Univ of Ga system talking now. Using term "illegal". Black man. Smh #hb59
3:42pm Says bd of Regents has taken no position on #hb59 & they're not in the immigration business nor are they structured to be such
3:42pm Says their capacity is NOT being stressed by an overcapacity of undocumented students
3:43pm Says they only found 501 undocumented students & they ALL are paying out-of-St tuition which more than pays for their education
3:44pm Making distinction btwn undocumented & illegal students. #hb59
3:45pm Not liking the way he's drawing that distinction. No need for it. Now we're going to make a hierarchy of statuses that are not "permanent"?
3:47pm Detailing now the steps the bd of Rgnts took in October to address the matter of status.
3:47pm Says some schools use the Federal Aid system of verification, & others use SAVE
3:49pm Says this discussion should be had in the context of world competition. GA is only 1of 3 states w more than 1 top Univ. #hb59
3:50pm Says only one state in the nation bars undocumented students from matriculating in that state's universities. Warns of reputational risk.
3:52pm Rep Long asking if there is a box to check for status on GA Univ syst. Applications #hb59
3:53pm Chancellor points out that ATTENDANCE to a public school is NOT a public benefit. Homeland security says attendance not a public benefit 2
3:54pm Says GA parents pushing back on how much paperwork that is now being required to prove citizenship. #hb59
3:55pm One Rep asks Chancellor to provide committee w the rulings that show attendance is not a public benefit.
3:56pm Chairman just said the committee wants to avoid ppl "making similar statements"!!!!!! CAN'T DO THAT!!!! that's what these hearings ARE FOR!!
3:57pm Prof from W.Ga speaking on behalf of undocumented students who pay more than documented residents. #hb59
3:58pm Says her classes have been full before, but NOT bc undocumented students have filled them up.
3:59pm Her name was Dr. Cook. Eva Cardenas of GADREAMERS talking now. That's my girl! #hb59
4:00pm Talking abt how NAFTA made ppl like her economic refugees. Wants committee to understand that. PREACH, baby girl!! #hb59
4:01pm Correlating Jim Crowism w #hb59. Has GA learned anything from it's past?
4:02pm Points out how the 501 undocumented students in the GA Univ syst are more than worth their academic weight in gold (cites statistics).#hb59
4:04pm Says bill will only create a second class system. Warns that the children of the students will remember... #hb59
4:04pm Audience claps & Chairman says no clapping. WTF
4:05pm Tony Harris Bosselman, educator, says educator "shocked" & "appalled" at #hb59
4:06pm "We are ALL better off the more we educate." #hb59
4:07pm She says "to you, they are an abstraction. To ME they are human beings. They only want to better themselves." #hb59
4:08pm "they humble me every day of my life." #hb59 "we want ppl in schools & not on the streets w no option. I've not heard a rationale. Who wins
4:08pm Roberto Gutierrez given 2 minutes to speak.
4:10pm Points out how undocumented students have no access to becas like HOPE. They are in no way a drain on public benefits syst. #hb59
4:11pm "don't kill my dream nor that of my friends, either." #hb59
4:12pm Lt. Colonel says he feels like he's been put back in the 50's & 60's. Says "u make a profit off these students? So why don't you want them?”
4:13pm Did a study of taxes paid by undocumented residents & reads off major pts. #hb59
4:15pm “Why can't the ppl in the lowest tax brackets go to school?” He wants undocumented students to actually pay in-state tuition. #hb59
4:18pm The Lt Colonel is a white man. Wasn't told upon approaching podium that he had a time-limit like Roberto had.
4:18pm One committee member needs a lesson on how undocumented ppl pay INTO tax system & don't get to take OUT. says he doesn't "see it" cause he's
4:18pm A CPA & a tax-preparer. LAWD #hb59
4:22pm Azadeh says limiting access to higher education is short-sighted. These very ppl may become citizens one day & it's not likely they leave GA
4:28pm Rev. Myers-Brown cuts chairman's attempt to limit her time off! YESS! says she's here to represent what God has to say abt imm. Issues
4:30pm Maria Duarte corrects chairman on the pronunciation of her name as he gives her a time-limit. GO girl! #hb59
4:32pm Says bd of Rgts has already tackled this issue. Leave immigration to Feds. #hb59
4:33pm Everyone let's out a collective sigh as DA King takes mic. Intros himself as the "chief sweeper" given no time-limit. #hb59
4:33pm Says he was taught that justice is equal application of the law. & he's got great sympathy for a child brought here not if his own choice
4:34pm Says he doesn't want to be the one to tell the fam of a "legal" immigrant fam that their kid's spot @ school was taken by someone who is
4:35pm "deportable at any time." WTF?!! #hb59
4:44pm Rep Long talks abt Jim Crowism. Crowd goes wild. Ppl shouting "That's RIGHT!" #hb59 asks King what these students would do on the streets
4:46pm King cuts Rep Long off!!! #whiteprivilege
4:48pm Rep Knight asks King abt (CPA) to be enlightened abt "the taxes". WTF?! How are you in office??? #hb59
4:49pm King educating Knight on how an undocumented ppl get tax id #s.#hb59
4:50pm King says that undocumented ppl have no right to be classified the same way real hard-working and legal immigrants. WTF?????!!!!!!!! #hb59
4:52pm Rice says he got a letter from his pastor asking where grace & mercy were in this bill. He said sometimes grace & justice collide.#hb59
4:52pm Rice said grace & mercy were allowing undocumented students to matriculated k-12 & to benefit from the public health syst. LORD JESUS!
4:52pm Rep Knight motions to pass #hb59
4:53pm #hb59 just passed!!! Ppl shouting "ROLL CALL!"
4:58pm I just bumped into DA King. & Eva's crying. I feel like crying! just hugged Gina.
5:15pm #hb59 passed out of COMMITTEE, it's not law yet. Disappointment abounds, nonetheless. Ok... Sadness
5:23pm #hb59 now goes to Rules where they could push it onto a floor vote or where it could sit til the end of session.
5:24pm Even if it makes it to the floor it could be ignored til the end of session. #hb59 #fightsnotdoneyet