State Rep. Kasey Carpenter, R-Dalton, has again introduced H.B. 131 in order to change state law on tuition rates in Georgia’s public colleges and tech schools. The goal is to lower the tuition for illegal aliens in Georgia who are recipients of then-President Barack Obama’s 2012 DACA program.  

DACA has repeatedly been ruled illegal but allowed it to remain in place for existing DACA recipients.  

According to a 2019 11th circuit appellate court decision, DACA does not change the illegal status of recipients except to delay deportation proceedings. Both sides of the debate expect the DACA program to be euthanized altogether by the Supreme Court after another loss for supporters in an October 5, 2022, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals finding. The court upheld an earlier ruling in Texas that DACA is not a lawful program.   

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