VIDEO CBS Atlanta 46 – Students protest immigration bill – CBS Atlanta 46

Students protest immigration bill – CBS Atlanta 46.

Students protest immigration bill

Posted: Jan 24, 2012 7:29 PM EST Updated: Jan 24, 2012 7:34 PM EST


ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) –  Undocumented students said they will continue to protest any bills that could crack down on illegal immigrants.

One bill in particular, HB 59, proposed by Rep. Tom Rice, a Republican from Norcross, would ban all illegal immigrants from attending higher education schools in the state.

“We have been affected with HB 87, and this is just a complete insult,” said undocumented student Georgina Perez. “We already have to pay out of state tuition, we are already banned from the top five universities, there is no need for HB 59.”

Undocumented students like Gustavo Madrigal said it is not their fault they were brought to this country illegally and should not be penalized.

“I was brought here when I was 2 years old, now I am 20,” Madrigal said. “Education should be about merit, it shouldn’t be about undocumented status or socioeconomic status. We are there in schools working hard and when I am turned down to UGA and Georgia State solely because of my undocumented status that is wrong.”

The bill is currently in the House and has not gone any further.

On Tuesday, the students protested a meeting with the Higher Education Department, even though the bill was not on the agenda.

Madrigal said he wants legislators to know they are watching what bills are passed and will continue to show up to protest.

“We are going to fight, we are not going to let this go,” Madrigal said.

Rep. Pedro Marin, a Democrat from Duluth, said they will propose legislation this week to repeal HB 87, the immigration bill that passed into law last May.

“This law is causing an economic downturn for Georgia, and we need to make sure we make this great stay grow and be viable,” Marin said.


One Comment to “VIDEO CBS Atlanta 46 – Students protest immigration bill – CBS Atlanta 46”

  1. I don’t know if it is appropiate to put this VERY important concern in your webb. I’ve heard that Marco Rubio, the congressman from Florida has been brought back to the lame light now by the suggestion from Mit Ronney unofficially have strongly suggessted that he (Marc Rubio) could be his Vice President nominee. As you can imaging my concerns were profundly touched and put in alert by the fact that Mr Rubio. (the shining star of the Republican Party in Florida) could be in such position. Marc Rubio is a bigot,he is a political opportunist,that exploits politics for his won political interest, especially when has to do with elevem or thirteen million of undocumented immigrants. Record has it , he opposses any posibilitiy to solve the problem of undocumented immigrants. He actually lobbied for mass deportation, he has oppossed the Drean Act, denial of any rights for the undocumented immigrants. To watch this man blasting the most vulnerable segment of our population with such rigor and actually with such insennsitivity is just beyond me, That attitude will not win any emotions if these attacks would have come from Arpaio or Rush Limbaeu or any of those pundits out there but to come as a blast from a Latino law maker as Rubio is just beyond my comprehention. Marco Rubio whose parents came from Cuba and he himself when a child, could be so anti-immigrant is jsut uncomprehensible. ! Tjat is why will encourage ALL of you to block any nomination or political hope this man may have for his political future. Please block any possibility for this man to win the core of the electorate, polarising deeper the gap betwen solutions and enforcement on the immigration debate.
    Please let Marco Rubio that you will not stand for his draconic, antihuman and antiamerican aspirations to continue inflicting pain on people that deserve to be respected and help out to become a better people in th eyes of the law.
    Join us in the campaign of “We are not Rubio(s)”

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