Ex-UGA recruit Chester Brown and immigration policy

Here’s an update on Chester Brown, the Bradwell Institute offensive lineman who de-committed from UGA on Monday for “personal family reasons.” (Go here to read the full story by the AJC’s Chip Towers)

ATHENS — A relatively new Georgia Board of Regents policy regulating the admission of undocumented students and illegal immigrants has prevented a football recruit from gaining admission to the University of Georgia.
Chester Brown, a 6-foot-5, 340-pound offensive lineman from Hinesville, committed to the Bulldogs in July, but he confirmed to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and several other media outlets late Monday night that he was withdrawing his UGA commitment “for personal reasons,” declining to elaborate.
However, a variety of people with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed to the AJC on Tuesday that Brown’s change of heart was because his admissions application to UGA was rejected because of a controversial Board of Regents policy that was adopted in October 2010.
That policy, created in the wake of the Jessica Colotl uproar at Kennesaw State earlier that year, states that an undocumented student can’t take the seat of an otherwise academically qualified Georgia resident who has been turned away because of capacity constraints.

A relatively new Georgia Board of Regents policy regulating the admission of undocumented students and illegal immigrants has prevented [Chester Brown] from gaining admission to the University of Georgia … However, a variety of people with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed to the AJC on Tuesday that Brown’s change of heart was because his admissions application to UGA was rejected because of a controversial Board of Regents policy that was adopted in October 2010.

That policy, created in the wake of the Jessica Colotl uproar at Kennesaw State earlier that year, states that an undocumented student can’t take the seat of an otherwise academically qualified Georgia resident who has been turned away because of capacity constraints.

For more background on Chester Brown, click here

267 comments Add your comment

A person SMART enough to know......

January 25th, 2012
12:27 am

Somebody had to be the first test case of the new law

A person SMART enough to know......

January 25th, 2012
12:28 am

Sorry but it would be a football factory in the SEC and not TECH who would have guessed.

slydog

January 25th, 2012
12:31 am

So this confirms it then. His family was from Samoa, not American Samoa. And since his parents are here legally, Chester is still “undocumented” but not illegal. I hope I got that right. Geez, how so very confusing.

A person SMART enough to know......

January 25th, 2012
12:33 am

Are his parents Western Samoan or US Samoan? If US Samoan there should be birth records for him or his parents. If his parents are US Samoan and he was born here in the US shouldn’t he have a Birth Certificate and Social Security Card? UGa has their own Obama like Birth Scandal.

JacketFanMarcus

January 25th, 2012
12:35 am

Stupid law. Unintended consequences!

A hard working young man caught up in some trivial political crap. This bureaucratic law ain’t helping lower Georgia’s unemployment rate.

But at least it hurt UGA and not Tech!

A person SMART enough to know......

January 25th, 2012
12:39 am

GREAT LAW Marcus. No illegal/undocumented person should be allowed to STEAL a seat at OUR colleges over a State resident and Legal Citizen. He is not HARD WORKING he is a HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT.

William

January 25th, 2012
12:42 am

Surely there is a birth certificate somewhere. If he was born in the U.S. then there is one. Find it. I would hire a private detective to get it. We need O linemen. Find this boy’s birth certificate now.

MyPatootie

January 25th, 2012
12:47 am

Sorry, but all the soft-hearted liberals will just have to accept the fact that the law was put there for a reason, and it has to be applied equally across the board. No special favors not even for SEC football. There will be some, I’m sure, who will try to circumvent, and do an end run(pardon the pun) and get him in, but if so there should be an uproar. It was put in place to specifically allow others who would have been denied, their proper and EARNED spot in college.

A person SMART enough to know......

January 25th, 2012
1:02 am

How to find your birth ce
If you want to find information concerning birth certificates, it may be obtained at the Vital
Vital Statistics Office
Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799
011-684-633-1405 (voice)
011-684-633-7910 (fax)

If you want a copy of your birth certificate you need to write the Vital Statistics Office a request letter with the following enclosed.

The request for a birth certificate with your name and your parents name.
A copy of a CURRENTLY VALID STATE ID such as a currently valid drivers licence.
A five dollar MONEY ORDER (no cash and no personal checks) payable to the American Samoa Government.
That should do it.

Note: Since this is a US Territory regular US postal rates apply. If you are in a hurry send the letter via “PRIORITY MAIL.” DO NOT send it via EXPRESS MAIL as there are only two flights in here a week; Monday and Friday nights, and thus it will be no faster than PRIORITY.

A person SMART enough to know......

January 25th, 2012
1:07 am

U.S. Nationals

U.S. Nationals are those individuals who were born in American Samoa. U.S. Nationals must present an original Social Security card.

In addition, you must present a birth certificate with a certificate of identity.

Shieldy

January 25th, 2012
4:28 am

You gotta be kidding me….only at UGA!! Find his birth cert & let’s move on. Obama’s Dad wasn’t a citizen but we ignore that & allow him a Senate seat then the Presidency?!?!

Chris

January 25th, 2012
4:46 am

Shieldy: Obama’s mother was a U.S. citizen and he was born in Hawaii, which i’m pretty sure makes him a U.S. citizen. Way to show your ignorance or racism, take your pick.

new law

January 25th, 2012
4:48 am

because the rule affects a high profile Ga recruit, it will somehow get magically “changed” in “special circumstances.” Book it.

BIalum

January 25th, 2012
5:40 am

The sad part of this story is that his HS coach was aware of this problem prior to his senior season, and has apparently done nothing about it.

RedandBlackDAWG

January 25th, 2012
5:55 am

He can obtain a birth certificate easily enough and I am sure UGA would honor their commitment to him when that is settled if he still desires to go to UGA. I suspect though, that there is some problem involved with that, or he would just get that done and settled. That is why he is looking at other states without that law. I think the law makes good sense, and if he gets his certificate, he could fulfill his dreams of playing at UGA and staying home in Georgia. Unfortunate set of circumstances, for the young man and UGA as well.

TA

January 25th, 2012
5:57 am

Out of curiosity, how does Tech sign a player from Australia? He can’t possibly be an American citizen. Does the same law apply?

Dawg4

January 25th, 2012
6:28 am

They Sign Basketball players from other countries all the time. This is a resident rule. the key words are undocumented, or illegal. Exchange students are not residents. If tha were the case we would have mass exits immediately.

jd

January 25th, 2012
6:30 am

Get over it, follow the law, or Delta is ready when you are.

Joe

January 25th, 2012
6:32 am

So much for the Student Privacy Law??? Way to go AJC.

East Repeat

January 25th, 2012
6:35 am

I support the state of GA in its mission to have the resources of this state go to clearly legal, documented people. It is funny how we have a non-citizen president but this guy can’t play football. This is a step in the right direction, please take Obama back to Kenya also! Today I say, Go Dawgs!

halcombo

January 25th, 2012
6:55 am

East, the definition of stupidity is someone who will repeat lies even when proven wrong over and over. Do you sleep on your sheets or just wear them at your meetings?

JB

January 25th, 2012
7:01 am

I’m fur it.

tim

January 25th, 2012
7:02 am

This may be the dummest thing I have ever heard. This young man is being caught in the middle we make exceptions everyday in this country seems to me the state of georgia could make one now. Son we need OL down in Gainesville and we do not have this silly rule.

Lee

January 25th, 2012
7:03 am

It’s a law that should be changed, it’s obviouse all the nice middle class white people are ignorant of the situation. Legal born in the US citizens from legal immigrant families fall through the cracks all the time. Why don’t we set a cutoff of if your family wasn’t here by the French Indian revolution then you can’t be allowed admittance.

the legality of the kid’s citizenship is not in question here so why does he not hav the same opportunities. This reminds me of the little league team in Africa who could not compete in the little league world series because a lot of the poor kids never had birth certificates. Ocassionally that does happen here

East Repeat

January 25th, 2012
7:04 am

halcombo- This blog is not for Obama supporters. Obama mya be legal, but he is a disaster for this country and state. Which part of gov’t do you work for? Only unions and gov’t employees think Obama is OK. He is a Muslim, born of a Muslim family. Obama HATES regular Americans. Obama supporters receive their living by walking to the mail box for a check. Disgusting liberals. SEC is Conservative, you gotta earn it, not given to you.

Beast from the East

January 25th, 2012
7:07 am

Hate it for the kid, but he’ll still land a full ride at a major university. Best of luck, young man.

13-1

January 25th, 2012
7:09 am

Chip Towers, sir, good job. You certainly one-upped Michael Carvell on sports reporting, sir.

I-A Winning Percentage after 2005

2005 season was 8 yrs ago now this up-coming season

01. .9240 at 73-06 Boise State
02. .8461 at 66-12 TCU
03. .8000 at 64-16 LSU
04. .7922 at 61-16 Southern Cal
05. .7804 at 64-18 Oklahoma
06. .7777 at 63-18 Auburn
07. .7692 at 50-15 Ohio State
08. .7692 at 60-18 BYU
09. .7682 at 63-19 Virginia Tech
10. .7594 at 60-19 Oregon
11. .7594 at 60-19 Wisconsin
12. .7564 at 59-19 West Virginia
13. .7435 at 58-20 Texas
14. .7435 at 58-20 Utah
15. .7246 at 50-19 Alabama
16. .7179 at 56-22 Penn State
17. .7051 at 55-23 Auburn
18. .7051 at 55-23 Oklahoma State
19. .7051 at 55-23 Cincinnati
20. .7000 at 56-24 Missouri
21. .6835 at 54-25 Georgia

SuperB

January 25th, 2012
7:11 am

If he ws born in the US, he is a citizen. What a stupid policy.

WalterEgo

January 25th, 2012
7:11 am

East Repeat,

A “non-citizen president”?!? Really? One would have to have their judgement so clouded by hate, prejudice, and ignorance to continue this line of nonsense. So, the line should go, “East Repeat” is a hateful, ignorant racist to whom no amount of reasonable evidence including a copy of the short and long form of his birth certificate, both Hawaiian newspapers printing records of his birth, and the state certifying his birth would prove the citizenship of Barak Obama.

Lastly, this level of hate, ignorance, and racism may gain one such as “East Repeat” political street cred with his tight knit similarly hateful, ignorant, racist friends, but it also loses elections for the party of its believers.

slydog

January 25th, 2012
7:13 am

You know what’s funny: All of these simple minded so-called “conservatives.” Since when was immigration a liberal problem heaped on top of this country? Facts!!! Both Democrats and Republicans are bought off by corporations to keep the border open solely to undermine the labor markets and dilute “pure” American voting strength in future generations. If the liberals are so passive, then why has there not been ONE conservative or Republican candidate for any higher office say close the border and deport illegals except Ron Paul, who is really a libertarian? Bush wanted to give them full amnesty. What about all of the Republican lawmakers located in the border states? Americans it’s time to wake up. Obama, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich will not change one thing except lead us (both liberals and conservatives) to another war and continue to give bailouts to banks. Anyway, I do agree with the current immigration policy but I don’t have to be a brainwashed simpleton to understand it’s merits.

Say Whut

January 25th, 2012
7:15 am

The idiots who blog on a sports blog and think Obama is a disaster must think Bush was smart to start an unnecessary war in Iraq, handled Katrina properly, and ran up this massive debt. Remember, you morons, Bush did NOT include the cost of the wars in his annual budget. And, this loser couldn’t get bin Laden either. You guys are so dumb it defies reason. And you want America to return to the Bush days?

slydog

January 25th, 2012
7:23 am

@East Repeat

The thing I hate most about Obama, is he gives racists like you a leg to stand your platform on. You seem to forget, through a campaign of disenfranchising Blacks, your Justice Dept. has seen fit to dilute the Black voting power in this country. He received almost 70 mil votes. Maybe 15 mil Black people can vote, if they did at all. So who exactly put Obama into office….? Thought so. Your racism gives some ignorant Blacks credence to blindly defend Obama, no matter what. And it makes me sick because NOT ONE U.S. PRESIDENT has ever given a damn about you or me or Bob next door, save Kennedy. If you don’t like Obama, then challenge his policies, not his color, you simpleton idiot. Do you think good ole boy Gingrich is going to restore your country with his $600,000 a month credit line from Tiffany’s? What about 15% taxes Romney? I guess GWB was the best President ever, huh? Let me tell you something. If people who love liberals are just waiting on a hand out and the gravy train, then what are the rest of you who have never served one minute in the Armed Services? A spoiled pampered civilian who did nothing to “earn” the very rights that you speak of, punk racist.

13-1

January 25th, 2012
7:34 am

Walter you sure know a lot about our President in great detail even. Here is what I know about the man.

Our economy sucks. It is in fact about what we are as a football team since the 2005 season which was 8 years ago now this up-coming season. Our economy has not improved under the President’s plans to spend money, no matter what, to give money away no matter what, and to create government controls – like the 1 which has now cost us an OL for the Four (4) Senior OL all Starters we just lost from last year’s 2011 OL.

Our President has not created any jobs, given away any money to any business owner I can then sell something to as a result, and has in fact created more government controls.

I’m not happy with either where we are as a football program since 2005, which was 8 years ago now this up-coming season, and I have not been happy with what has been happening in the economy the entire time this President of YOURS has been in office.

DID YOU GET THAT WALTER ?

halcombo

January 25th, 2012
7:43 am

East, graduated from an SEC school in 75, lived in Athens since 87, worked in a textile mill 3rd shift to get my degree, and besides, I didn’t say I was an Obama supporter! But you need to reread your statements–the majority are personal opinions and generalizations for a group of people you obviously know little about!

13-1

January 25th, 2012
7:47 am

Well, are you an Obama supporter ?

JB

January 25th, 2012
7:48 am

Speaking of Obama…………..I’m getting real nervous. The moderates decide elections of Presidents in this country…..And i’m not sure they can/will pull the lever for ole Newt. He’s great with the red meat crowd, but I’m not to sure about the middle of the road folks. we really can’t stand four more year of this guy. He’s just a community organizer with his hands in the cookie jar.

slydog

January 25th, 2012
7:48 am

this President of YOURS has been in office.

This statement is ignorant. Presidents cannot create jobs nor facilitate the means to do so. All the President can do is muster government resources to pressure businesses to hire and make banks loan money to these same businesses. However, the FED, which is NOT under the President or the Federal Governments control, has loaned $23 trillion dollars to the Banks since Obama has been President.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QkmLnNEvdU

It doesn’t matter who is President, he or she is OUR President, because we put these clowns in office together. WE need to pressure the President and the Treasury Dept. to find ways to pressure the FED to bail out businesses and homeowners. Y’all have a nice day.

slydog

January 25th, 2012
7:51 am

Why do you folks think they have all these losers in the Republican field? Because they lack the character to unseat Obama. Plus, if you heard the State of the Union speech last night, the debt/money will be rolling in on top of the other debt. This election is already bought and paid for. The American people have to start using the common sense God gave them.

Kramer

January 25th, 2012
7:54 am

The law is the law and it should be. Slydog, you are a moron and kool-aid drinker. By the way, this is a sports blog not a political one. Take your ignorance over to a liberal blog and join the rest of the idiots.

JB

January 25th, 2012
7:55 am

If you like big government,big debt,big taxes, big regulation,high energy cost,low GDP, anti business……………Obama is your man.

DawgTALES

January 25th, 2012
8:00 am

To bad looks like the dogs lost out on a great player, I what a story, it could have came out after his junior season that he took a place a real Georgia student could have had. My suggestion let him play in Hawaii where at least that HAIR will blend in.

JB

January 25th, 2012
8:04 am

Well, Rivals gives no respect to Dawgs. They are picking SC to win the East based on 1 factor….Yep, coaching?

13-1

January 25th, 2012
8:12 am

JB,

Exactly, sir.

DamntheButcher

January 25th, 2012
8:13 am

I am as big of a Dawg fan as you can get. If this guy is illegal then he SHOULD NOT be allowed to play. However I will ask, how do these schools go to Africa and give these tall guys free rides just because they can play basketball. I don’t think anybody from another country should get a free ride over a U.S. citizen.

John

January 25th, 2012
8:13 am

Reading all of these moronic comments makes me so glad I moved to Chicago.

DamntheButcher

January 25th, 2012
8:14 am

John we are glad that pukes like you moved to a hell hole like Chicago as well.

7576DAWG

January 25th, 2012
8:20 am

You would think with Georgia having one of the best Law School’s in the country that someone could figure out a way for this kid to go to Georgia. It may take a few year’s but I think he could be a valuable addition and very helpful. I think he really want’s to be at Georgia and that’s good enough for me. Find a way, Law School.

Captain

January 25th, 2012
8:20 am

This Situation, if true, should be easily resolved within weeks. Freshmen enroll in late May, why isn’t the issue resolvable between now and then? Seems to be a very narrow interpretation of the law, exactly which spot in the freshman class would Chester be taking? Is there another 6′5 330lb OL within the state waiting to take his scholarship? I don’t think so.

meh

January 25th, 2012
8:23 am

this kid was born in the 90s. seems like it would be easy enough to track down a birth certificate.

JB

January 25th, 2012
8:24 am

AJC not doing any stories about Dawgs filling out these 9 open spots……………………Because there is not a story to tell……Yes, we have a good team coming back…..how bout the year after….and the next.
Why can’t we fill this class.