Secret school for undocumented students

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Athens, Georgia is home to the University of Georgia, and it is also home to Freedom University, a school for undocumented students.

CNN reporters were only able to travel to the school provided they didn't disclose it's location as most students are afraid of being found out, arrested, and deported. The students, having no driver's license, are brought to the school every Sunday by a group of volunteers. There is one classroom in Freedom University, but it is packed.

The classroom is taught by four professors from the University of Georgia on their own time, four hours on Sunday afternoons. Although they don't have many resources, co-founder Dr. Lorgia Garcia-Pena said, "We have students who are hungry to learn."

In the state of Georgia, these aspiring engineers, lawyers, and doctors are not allowed to attend any of the top five public universities, banned by the board of regents, who said the ban is not for monetary gain. Before the ban undocumented students paid three times more than Georgia residents.

Ni Quascha, who parents brought her over from Korea when she was eight, told CNN, "My parents have been paying taxes. The government gave us an individual tax identification number." Even though they are undocumented, they still pay taxes despite what many people think.

The board of regents told CNN the ban was motivated by the desire to have every open spot go to a legal Georgia resident and to tighten admissions.

For the first time these students can return to school, and Freedom University as of yet doesn't have a budget and the students do not get credits; they are going to learn.

"It's just a reminder of what real citizenship is," Professor Bethany Moreton said, "It means taking ownership of making this country a better place."

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I believe that everybody must have the opportunity to receive proper education. Citizenship should not be an obstacle for this. If students have desire to learn they should be given a chance to do it.

Van

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