The Newnan Times-Herald

Opinion

Judge is wrong on tuition discount for aliens


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Jan. 06, 2017 - 6:53 PM

A Fulton County judge came to the wrong conclusion in ruling Tuesday that the University System of Georgia must extend in-state tuition discounts to students in the country without proper documentation.

The particular students are among an estimated 28,000 people brought here as children without required visas. The judge agreed with lawyers for a handful of the students who sued that because the Obama administration has determined it won’t seek to eject them, then they are essentially lawfully present in the United States and therefore entitled to the benefits of actual citizens.

That is a bit of a stretch.

Just because a lame-duck president has decided not to enforce a law doesn’t mean it never existed. That policy is likely to be one of the first reversed by the Trump administration.

The Georgia Supreme Court should accept the state’s appeal and overturn the Fulton decision. The University System is right not to alter its practices until the dust settles.

They say judges don’t read election results, and this instance proves it. Immigration was a central issue in the Fall election, and voters have reason to be outraged at this faulty court decision.