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Policy that keeps some out of top Georgia schools targeted

By KATE BRUMBACK
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - Three young people are challenging a policy that bars them from attending Georgia's five most competitive state colleges and universities because of their immigration status.

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund filed a lawsuit on their behalf Friday.

The three potential students were brought to the U.S. as children illegally but have been granted temporary permission to stay under a 2012 Obama administration policy. The Board of Regents, which governs the university system, does not consider them to be legally present.

The Regents in 2010 adopted a policy that bars any state college or university that has rejected academically qualified applicants in the previous two years from admitting those in the country illegally.

Spokesman Charles Sutlive said the university system doesn't comment on pending litigation.

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