Orrock Legislation Earns “Unsung Hero” Award


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Orrock Legislation Earns “Unsung Hero” Award:


Sen. Nan Orrock, D-Atlanta

Many bills don’t make headlines, but that doesn’t mean they lack merit or importance. Case in point: Orrock’s Senate Bill 44 would’ve let immigrant students who are protected from deportation under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — and who already have work authorization — to qualify for in-state tuition. If passed, the measure would’ve not only helped some Georgians, but also improved the economy through providing education to intelligent people who might not otherwise be able to afford college. Or who might head elsewhere to receive a diploma in a more welcoming state. The bill had no shot of passing due to Republicans’ anti-immigration politics. Orrock probably knew that. Yet she introduced it anyway. She deserves to be commended for offering a solution to an actual problem, which, as we all know, is uncommon. And for legislating for the right causes, no matter the odds.