As all are a welcomed part of the beloved community, ICM advocates for immigration policies that protect and uplift the wellbeing of children. For example, Georgia is home to 20,900 DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients, ranking eighth in the nation for the largest population of active DACA recipients. There are also 44,000 DACA-eligible people living in Georgia. Yet, Georgia is 1 of 3 states, along with South Carolina and Alabama, that bar undocumented students from enrolling in certain colleges.
During the 2021 legislative session, ICM highlighted and supported House Bill 120, Georgia Resident In-State Tuition Act, allowing DACA students to qualify for in-state tuition for the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia. Although this bill failed to crossover, it did underscore the intrinsic value of an inclusive education and economy in Georgia. We must stay engaged, learn, share, and reach out to decision and policy makers about this and other issues impacting the wellbeing of children in Georgia. Below you will find links to resources and fact sheets concerning immigration.
“There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.”— JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE