Higher educational institutions; enrollment of aliens. (HB123)

Introduced By

Del. Frank Hargrove (R-Glen Allen) with support from 35 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Dave Albo (R-Springfield), Del. Clay Athey (R-Front Royal), Del. Kathy Byron (R-Lynchburg), Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Anne Crockett-Stark (R-Wytheville), Del. Jeff Frederick (R-Woodbridge), Del. Tom Gear (R-Hampton), Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock), Del. Phil Hamilton (R-Newport News), Del. Clarke Hogan (R-South Boston), Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville), Del. Bill Janis (R-Glen Allen), Del. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk), Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City), Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave), Del. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Woodbridge), Del. Manoli Loupassi (R-Richmond), Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas), Del. Danny Marshall (R-Danville), Del. Jimmie Massie (R-Richmond), Del. Don Merricks (R-Danville), Del. Jackson Miller (R-Manassas), Del. Glenn Oder (R-Newport News), Del. John O'Bannon (R-Richmond), Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville), Del. Brenda Pogge (R-Williamsburg), Del. Charles Poindexter (R-Glade Hill), Del. Bob Purkey (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Lacey Putney (I-Bedford), Del. Chris Saxman (R-Staunton), Del. Beverly Sherwood (R-Winchester), Del. Bob Tata (R-Virginia Beach), Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson), Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Institutions of higher education; enrollment of aliens. Provides that any alien must present legal documentation of residence or educational status to be eligible for initial enrollment in any public institution of higher education in Virginia. Read the Bill »


01/29/2008: Merged into HB14


12/18/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 088409532
12/18/2007Referred to Committee on Rules
01/23/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB123)
01/29/2008Incorporated by Rules (HB14-Peace)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB781.


CG2 Consulting, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

This is the sixth session in which legislation has been introduced that would deny undocumented students access to higher education or deny in-state tuition even to such students who are trying to adjust their immigration status and who are Virginia taxpayers.

The bills have not passed for several good and compelling reasons.

First, the legislation is unnecessary.

There is little if any evidence that undocumented students are being admitted to four year colleges and no evidence that any are being granted in-state tuition. Those attending at out of state rates are, by law, paying the full cost of their education (i.e., there is no taxpayer subsidy) and they are not competing with in-state students for space.

Second, the legislation is anti-opportunity. It denies hope to children who are attending Virginia public schools and will lead to higher drop out rates and increased gang participation.

Finally, the legislation is at odds with Virginia's workforce needs which is why it is opposed by the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Washington Board of Trade, among others.

The General Assembly should reject this anti-immigrant, political brochure bill (and others like it sure to be introduced) again this year.

Mary Steele writes:

Nobody should attend our higher education institutes that is not a legal citizen or legal guest. We have to be more proactive in getting our own people educated or we will continue to lose the battle against China and other countries that have stronger education programs.

We can spend the money now, or pay a lot more later when those that are under paid will depend on social services to make ends meet. This cycle of poverty often carries from generation to generation.