GA Regents to examine immigration policy

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Board of Regents is examining how the state's colleges could verify whether immigrant students are in the country legally.

A committee will explore how best to check residency and citizenship of all students who apply to the state's 35 colleges and universities.

Currently, illegal immigrants can attend college in Georgia but must pay out-of-state tuition, which is at least three times as expensive at many campuses than in-state fees.

The Marietta Daily-Journal reports that Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren is calling for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to look into if the Regents are violating state law by allowing undocumented immigrants into colleges.  Regents spokesman John Millsaps told the newspaper the board is not acting illegally.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman John Bankhead said the request has been forwarded to Attorney General Thurbert Baker's office for guidance.
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