"In the memo, the attorney general cited the need to preserve space in public colleges for students who are legal residents--and
who also are taxpayers."
"...Mr. Kilgore's interpretation writes off thousands of immigrants who attend the nation's public schools and look forward
to going to college."
"...the directive is not justified by any state or federal law, and it would most seriously hurt students who have established
lives in the United States but lack formal immigration status."
"...forcing professors to report on students who may lack the proper documentation would fundamentally undermine the
crucial trust between student and teacher."
Fairfax County public schools and other schools do not distinguish between documented and undocumented students. Many
area colleges consider their enrollment policies simply an extenstion of county policy.
-Chronicle of Higher Education 12.13.02
"Due to a U.S. Supreme Court decision, we can't deny an education to students because of their immigration status....a
state attorney general opinion in 1999 said that we are not allowed to ask for the immigration status of students enrolling."
-The Washington Post 12.02.02
"These children have done nothing wrong; most undocumented college-bound students were brought to this country at young
ages by their parents and played no part in the decision to enter or stay. Virginia will suffer when considerable numbers
of talented students are prevented from completing their education."
-The Washington Post 11.02.02
"The attorney general's staff members said they are concerned that immigrants could be taking seats at state schools
that would otherwise go to U.S. Citizens. Additionally, they said, all universities share a greater responsibility to
monitor foreign students after last year's terrorists attacks."
-Roanoke Times & World News 11.23.02
"By barring their children from public colleges, which offer far lower tuition for Virginia residents (4:1 Cost Ratio),
the state would be punishing the best and brightest of those immigrants and reduce their chances to better their lives..."
-The Washington Post 11.20.02