Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, during a Dalton campaign appearance, reportedly said that illegal immigrants have a “right” to the HOPE Scholarship– a merit-based scholarship reserved for Georgia students who have demonstrated top academic achievement. Critics point out that this undercuts the heretofore bipartisan effort to protect and increase funding for the scholarships. Indeed, Ga. Code 20-3-519 Section B1 states that a student is ineligible for any scholarship if the student “is not a United States citizen or a permanent resident alien…”  If Abrams wants to expand her liberal base to include more moderate/independent voters, such extreme positions will help SINK that boat.  


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