Thursday, May 20, 2010

Johnson wants to screen out collegiate aliens

Posted By on Thu, May 20, 2010 at 10:15 PM

Let it not be said that gubernatorial candidate Eric Johnson doesn't follow polls.

First off, Johnson must've seen the newest InsiderAdvantage poll that shows him failing to crack the mid-single digits in the governor's race.

And I'm also guessing he saw an earlier IA poll that indicates Georgians would like to see KSU student Jessica Colotl deported.

So how does Johnson grab some attention to help bolster his own sinking political career? Simple — he puts out a press release promising a "common sense solution" for illegal immigrants who dare attend our colleges.

Senator Eric Johnson, Republican candidate for Governor, today unveiled draft legislation that would ensure only legal residents are admitted to Georgia’s institutions of higher learning.

I have to say I'm amused by folks who continue to call themselves "senator" or "Rep." long after they've left office. It's one thing for someone to call Max Cleland a senator, but EJ was a state senator. It strikes me as misleading.

Anyway, here's Eric's proposal:

The Citizenship Verification for Higher Education Act would require that students applying to Georgia’s colleges, universities, and technical schools complete an affidavit swearing to their lawful presence in the United States.

I agree that state universities probably shouldn't be admitting students who are in the country illegally. But how much responsibility should they take in enforcing federal immigration laws? Johnson's proposal doesn't sound extreme, but it's sad to think we need to weed out students like Colotl, who showed more ambition that many native-born college kids. Thoughts?

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