Breaking: Georgia Supreme Court rejects undocumented students’ tuition lawsuit

This morning, the Georgia Supreme Court unanimously turned back a lawsuit brought by undocumented immigrants against the Board of Regents demanding in-state tuition. While the Supreme Court did not rule on the merits of the students’ tuition claim, it did uphold both the Fulton County trial court and Appeals Court decisions. Both lower courts dismissed the students’ lawsuit on the ground that sovereign immunity shields the Board of Regents from lawsuits requesting damages or injunctive relief. The Court noted that while relief is unavailable to the students by suing the Board of Regents itself, they could sue members of the Board in their individual capacities.

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This is not what the lawsuit about. I am disappointed with the Georgia Supreme Court. The fight over in state tuition is another battle. What this further proved is that the Board of Regents is the 4th, and completely unaccountable branch of Georgia’s government. I wish that the Supreme Court would have sided with the people and their request to hold the BOR as a whole accountable.