Running the Regents: Let’s hope next Chancellor ‘gets it’ on illegal students
by Joe Kirby
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October 08, 2010 02:47 PM | 1119 views | 3 3 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
University System of Georgia Chancellor Erroll B. Davis announced on Thursday that he plans to retire next year. Here’s hoping that his successor, whoever it is, takes a more serious approach that he did to the question of whether illegal immigrants should be admitted to the 35 public colleges and universities in Georgia.

Illegal aliens on campus? No big deal, according to Davis, even if they’re filling seats that rightly belong to legal residents of our state.

Said Davis this summer: “We have no reason not to allow illegals to attend, any more than the grocer has a reason not to sell them groceries. … We offer products for sale like many other entities in society, and we want to make sure people are paying the appropriate price for those.”

In essence, Davis thinks the System should “sell” slots on campus to whoever is willing to pay the price, whether they’re lifelong east Cobb residents, transfer students from out-of-state, illegals from Mexico or even aliens from Mars.

Davis also has lamely argued that Georgians shouldn’t make a fuss about the admission of illegals onto campus because there aren’t that many such cases. But the fact is that even one such case is too many — especially if you are a tax-paying Georgian who sees the slot you had hoped to fill, or had hoped one of your children could fill — handed instead to someone whose presence in this country violates the law, someone who doesn’t pay taxes, and someone who would be ineligible for legal employment here even if they did graduate.

Erroll Davis didn’t get that.

Let’s hope his successor does.
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incredulous
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October 11, 2010
Can a case be made to replace Chancellor Davis? I checked for news articles and found only 12 via Google, and the majority were articles about University bureaucracy.

Can anyone determine what value the office of the Chancellor actually adds to the University System?
sam i am
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October 09, 2010
Bye bye Eroll, don't let that door hit you where it needs to.
Pat H
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October 09, 2010
Mr. Davis should have been fired for his comments, which are not only anti-American but against our laws. He should not be allowed to retire with a healthy pension complements of overburdened taxpayers.
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