The leadership and the majority of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia is apparently stubbornly determined to adhere to its recently exposed policy of admitting illegal aliens to Georgia's public colleges - a "No Illegal Alien Left Behind" doctrine. So, as the Regents have already done, let's set aside the clearly-worded laws designed to protect Americans in their own country and ask some obvious moral questions.
Why do the Regents want to take away classroom seats from citizens and legally present immigrant students and spend tax dollars to educate students who are here in violation of our laws, deportable at any time and who are not eligible to work in the United States upon graduation?
Granted, workplace enforcement of our immigration laws is virtually nonexistent. And that could be the Regents' reasoning.
"The illegals are going to steal the jobs of Americans anyway, so we should go ahead and educate them at taxpayer expense and thereby clearly demonstrate our own highly advanced moral superiority and noble enlightenment," they might think. I guess that possibility makes as much sense as any other answer. The attitude certainly isn't a rarity.
But it brings up another question. How do the Regents justify the message being sent to real immigrant families across Georgia? Families that waited in line, who honored the long, rich and sacred tradition of American immigration by coming here legally.
Having spent years going through the system that takes in more legal immigrants than any other nation in the world, the recent arrivals to Georgia are greeted with the Regents' message that they are complete fools for having gone to all that trouble.
Children of the border jumpers are quietly rewarded and allowed to take the university classroom spaces so coveted in the new country by the puzzled immigrant, who by now is quite correctly wondering about this whole "justice for all, equal protection under the law" concept he has heard so much about.
The constant talking point from the open-borders left on this is that "We shouldn't punish the children for what the parents did." It is clear to many who actually think this through that we shouldn't punish legally present youngsters for what their parents did not do - sneak across our border illegally and scream for special treatment as a "civil right."
The Department of Homeland Security tells us that Georgia has more illegals than does Arizona. Look no further than attitudes like the Regents' admissions policy as one solid reason for that alarming fact. For 2009, UGA reports that in search of a better life, 9,597 students were accepted out of more than 18,000 applicants for admissions.
The Regents are still scratching their heads about how to verify the immigration status/eligibility of applicants for admission to our universities, despite the fact that there has been a very efficient system in place in Georgia since 2006.
Meanwhile, legal immigrants and citizen students would be very lucky if the Regents used even a fraction of the zeal illustrated in the university system's effort to ferret out ineligible dependents for the system's employee health insurance program. In their current "Dependent Insurance Audit," the Regents have implemented a no-nonsense program of verification and sent each worker a letter promising to terminate the dependent coverage for any employee who cannot produce acceptable documentation of "eligibility." Ironic isn't it?
For a university system employee who has listed his or her spouse as an additional "insured" on the group health insurance, the Regents have instituted a requirement that the employee produce a copy of nothing less than a marriage certificate. No undocumented spouses tolerated. And no apologies.
Along with Social Security numbers for all concerned, the Regents also require a copy of a federal income tax return or a joint bank/credit account, household bill or joint mortgage/lease from the last six months establishing current residency and the claimed dependent as a spouse.
The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia should make it just as difficult for an illegal alien to take a seat in our post secondary education system as they do for an ineligible individual to obtain dependent health insurance coverage. The Regents should quickly reconsider the contemptible policy of putting illegal aliens in front of America's citizens and immigrants.
And the governor should be the most outspoken in that demand.
D.A. King of Marietta is president of the Georgia-based Dustin Inman Society. www.thedustininmansociety.org