Why Does Georgia Force Young Immigrants to Look Elsewhere When Chasing the American Dream?

Diana Umana was four years old when she was brought to the United States by her parents. She has lived in Georgia for 13 years. She is now a senior at Cedar Shoals High School in Athens, Ga., and is proud of her 3.9 GPA. She has taken honors and AP classes and runs track and cross-country. She hopes to study law and international relations. In July 2013, Diana was one of several thousand undocumented people who were given protection from deportation under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. She was authorized to work in the country the same month.

Diana was hoping to stay in Georgia to be close to her family, including her two older sisters, and to be able to contribute to her community. But she is doubtful that she can afford the out-of-state tuition rate that deferred action grantees must pay to attend Georgia colleges. She will be looking for more affordable places elsewhere in the country to attend school.

It will be a loss for Georgia to have this hard-working, ambitious young person move to another state. And this injustice does not have to continue.

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