College Students Arrested: Sit-in Protest Held at 3 Georgia Universities

Students at the University of Georgia (UGA), the Georgia Institute of Technology (GT), and Georgia State University (GSU) have been arrested while staging a sit-in protest at each respective institution.

The protest was held in association with the organization Freedom University , “an Atlanta-based freedom school for undocumented students in Georgia”. Students involved are protesting the ban against undocumented students. Policies 4.1.6. and 4.3.4. of the Georgia Board of Regents deny undocumented students in-state tuition and acceptance into Georgia’s top five universities. The organization released a statement earlier today announcing that students from across the nation would be gathering at three locations in Georgia today:

On the 56th anniversary of the Greensboro lunch counter sit-ins, which took place on February 1, 1960 and ignited the youth-led movement for racial justice in the South, undocumented immigrant students and documented student allies representing 12 universities are staging classroom sit-ins at three Georgia public colleges that ban undocumented students from admission: the University of Georgia, Georgia State University, and the Georgia Institute of Technology…Georgia is one of only three states – including Alabama and South Carolina – to institute an admissions ban against undocumented students in public higher education.

Announced via the organization’s Twitter account, 6 have been arrested at UGA, and police are on the scene at the GT and GSU campuses.

The statement writes that protesters include students from 7 institutions in Georgia: the University of Georgia, Georgia State University, Georgia College and State University, Kennesaw State University, Emory University, Spelman College, and Morehouse College. Students from 25 out-of-state institutions also participated, including Bard College, the College of Charleston, Smith College, and Harvard University.

According to the statement, integrated classrooms are identified by hand-painted monarch-butterfly wings, representing the migrant history of undocumented students.

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wchetmartin
wchetmartin

You can hear the disdain in “including Alabama and South Carolina”

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

The reciprocal is that Georgia is in good company.

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Admissions or in state tuition ? slipping under a fence should not get a better deal than someone from Alabama, should they ?

Benevolus
Benevolus

Well presumably they would be living in Alabama, so why not?

gcp
gcp

Another reason I no longer contribute voluntarily to certain universities and colleges. And they try to compare it to Greensboro? Very weak.

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

I think we should all get one law per year as an elective – they can have illegal entry and I’ll take income tax.
But they want illegal entry and free tuition. I’m good for two for me too, income tax and property tax.

George Chidi
George Chidi

Reasonable people can argue in-state vs. out-of-state tuition for undocumented immigrants. But barring entrance is stupid. (Good) colleges educate people from other countries all the time — it’s part of what makes them good, and quote-American-unquote students need cultural exposure to people from different backgrounds to become effective managers in a multicultural society. Since I think there should be a path to citizenship for a kid brought here as an infant and raised here by parents from another country, I’m OK with in-state tuition. These are people who are most likely to contribute to Georgia as employees and tax payers.… Read more »

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

What is ridiculous is the refusal of our legislators to fix the law, they don’t for purposes of exploitation. We keep out too many exceptional immigrants because they are compliant. A lot of the supposed humanitarians are traffickers and exploiters of the most in need. The minions of illegals are doing them no favors! In large, they aren’t coming here to get on welfare or join a gang, unless the options are all they have. Fix the laws.