ATLANTA – Almost two dozen activists stood in silent protest during the Georgia Board of Regents meeting Wednesday.
The protesters said the call for action occurred because the Board of Regents will not allow undocumented students to attend the state’s colleges and universities.
The meeting room was filled with numerous state troopers who were clearly on duty to maintain order during the state-run meeting.
Longtime civil rights activist Charles Black and civil rights Legend Lonnie King led the charge.
“My request for this board is to repeal 416, which discriminates against people simply because their parents left their homelands seeking better opportunities. They pay taxes, but they are not allowed to benefit from the taxes they pay,” Mr. Black proclaimed.
When the meeting resumed Board officials asked DACA supporters to move out in the hallway to plead their case. They peacefully obliged.
The Georgia Court Appeals has upheld the Board’s denial of undocumented students to state schools.
College Students like Rafael Aragon said they are being forced to other more welcoming states for higher education.
“When I was in high school, I was always shooting for Tech. When I FOUND out… I was on their admissions pages and it said undocumented students were not allowed to attend their college. I was very disheartened,” undocumented student Rafael Aragon complained.
The Board of Regents released a statement late Wednesday afternoon regarding the matter.
“We respect our students’ right to protest in an appropriate manner,” a board of Regents spokesperson remarked.