Power Breakfast: Fate of immigration law in court today, Delta and Deal, Atlanta pensions, taxes, Greek debt

Today is a big day for the state’s new anti-illegal immigration law.

A federal judge in Atlanta could decide the law’s immediate fate and trigger a chain of additional legal challenges that could reach the U.S. Supreme Court, AJC reporter Jeremy Redmon writes.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Thrash has scheduled a 10 a.m. hearing for several civil and immigrant rights groups to make their case for halting Georgia’s law, Redmon reports. The American Civil Liberties Union, National Immigration Law Center and others argue the law is unconstitutional and are asking Thrash to put the law on hold pending the outcome of a lawsuit they have filed to block it.

Thrash is also planning to hear a request from Republican state Attorney General Sam Olens to dismiss the ACLU’s lawsuit, Redmon writes. Olens’ office argues the state and U.S. constitutions grant Georgia immunity from such lawsuits.

Thrash, who was nominated to the court by President Bill Clinton, recently indicated he could immediately issue his decisions Monday after telling attorneys in the case that he has been known to rule from the bench, Redmon writes.

Whoever loses after Monday’s hearings is expected to appeal to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Redmon reports. The case could eventually make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court along with other legal challenges targeting similar laws in Arizona and Utah, said R. Keegan Federal Jr., one of the attorneys who is seeking to halt Georgia’s law.

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June 20th, 2011
7:23 am

The State of Ga. in joining the compact of states via the Constitition,gave up certain rights to the collective group(The Federal Gov.). This giving up of certain state rights corrected many of the faults of the earlier pact of Confederation. However if the Federal Government refuses to or is unable to resolve an issue that affects the people of a state it is the responsibility of that state government to reassert its basic and fundamental reason for being.

Tom E. Gunn

June 20th, 2011
7:42 am

I find it interesting that the forces of the occupation (the illegals) use the courts and very laws they flaunt to seek protection. I read in one article a lady fears that a return to Mexico would be dangerous, there is no respect for the law there. She says that and she is here illegally, drives everyday, has no insurance, etc. Is that what we want our country to become?
I want to say thanks to President Obama, he has done more to tighten the border and send the illegals home than any president. He also tried to get us out of the NAFTA treaty that started this mess, but was slapped down by BOTH parties. The media fails to give him credit for these two accomplishments.


June 20th, 2011
8:06 am

I found it interesting in todays article regarding illegal immigrants and the school system. Everyone they interviewed had been here between 14 and 20 years, and STILL had not taken the steps to become a legal resident. In addition, two respondents clearly admit that they drive with no license. I’m sorry, but the illeagal crowd gets no sympathy from me when they cry about wanting a better life. Hey, I’d like a better life too. Anyone have any issues with me robbing banks and holding people up at gunpoint? I mean after all, I’d only be trying to better my situation. If I get caught, will there be protests and rallies in support of my actions? Which countries will join in a lawsuit to ensure my right to a better life through criminal activity?

Lt Col Razorback

June 20th, 2011
8:21 am

Obama has talked a good game, but he hasn’t played one. He “promised” to reform our immigration laws in the 1st year of his 1st term, but he did nothing. He promised to make our borders more secure, but he did nothing. Obama promised to provide a pathway to citizenship for immigrants, but again he did nothing.

Our immigration laws are the cause of most of our immigration problems because they simply don’t work. They can even be the cause for an immigrant who entered the country legally to now be here illegally! More, much more, needs to be done.
1. First, the borders must truly be secured.
2. Second, those immigrants who are her illegally, through no fault of their own, must be granted legal status to stay here while they go to the END of the line for permanent residency or citizenship status.
a. Included in this group are those who were brought here as children, those who given bad advise by immigration and naturalization officials (which caused them to become “illegal”), and those who have been in our country for years without committing illegal acts or being a financial burden to state, local, or Federal governments.

Only after the current immigration mess is cleaned up can we truly reform our immigration laws to make the United States once more the haven for foreign diversity that made us the great nation we once were.


June 20th, 2011
11:15 am

I understand that illegal immigration must be addressed. BUT NOT IN THE WAY GEORGIA IS DOING IN. Of course the law gets support by many because it claims it will “crack down illegal immigration.” But, people just don’t understand what that all implies. The law is not well structured and it’s very VAGUE. It can affect EVERYONE (illegal or not). HB 87 makes it a crime to “transport” illegal, even churches or other charity organizations will be put in a difficult situation. If you are a bus driver for a church, I guess you would have to ASK people that could potentially be illegal (hispanic or other ethnicity) if they have papers. Something which I believe only corresponds to the immigration officers. I’m a US citizen of Hispanic descent. I do not want to stopped by cops and asked to see “my papers”… what am I supposed to show them? My birth certificate? Will my license not suffice since I am Hispanic? The judge definitely needs to address all of that. I might as well plan to dye my hair blonde to “fit in”. I thought America was a country of opportunity for immigrants. And, for those of you who don’t understand why THEY (illegals) DON’T START THE PROCESS TO OBTAIN THEIR PERMANENT RESIDENCY : it’s basically impossible if you 1.) don’t have a us citizen to sponsor you, 2.) have plenty of money to obtain a visa first to enter the country legally and then work towards the legalization process, 3.) the process can take up to TEN YEARS!!!


June 20th, 2011
3:35 pm

laura – “the process can take up to TEN YEARS!!”

Grerat, then by the time their kids are highschool aged they will be U.S. citizens. Or, they can wait until they are legal to begin having kids. However, it will be their responsibility to maintain legal status. No sympathy for those that decided to go from point A to point Z by ignoring the stated laws and processes. Afraid of being exposed? Should have thought about that before crossing the border.

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