Statehouse GOP leaders announce immigration reform panel

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle today announced the creation of a 14-member joint committee on immigration reform.

The panel will seek to draft legislation that “stems the flow of illegal immigration activity in Georgia,” say a Statehouse news release.

“The creation of this joint committee was inspired by the federal government’s continued failure to deal with the problem of illegal immigration and its drain on taxpayer resources in Georgia,” Ralston said in a prepared statement.

“I expect this committee to look at every legislative solution available to the General Assembly that picks up where Washington D.C. has let us down.”

Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, and Sen. Jack Murphy, R-Cumming, will serve as co-chairmen of the Special Joint Committee on Immigration Reform.

“A respect for the rule of law is one of the basic founding tenets of our state and nation,” Cagle said. “If the federal government continues to neglect its responsibility to enforce the law, we’re going to use every option at our disposal to lessen its impact in Georgia. The members of this committee will take a broad, in-depth look at ways to confront this problem and offer concrete solutions to improve the regulations we have on the books already.”

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MK

September 29th, 2010
5:42 pm

Keep those Alabamans out! Protect our border!

lily

September 29th, 2010
5:55 pm

Why isn’t a Democrat a co-chair? Could it be because Democrats are more open-minded where this issue is concerned?

Tuckerman

September 29th, 2010
6:19 pm

Except immigration has declined the last 2 years. Oh well. Don’t let the facts get in the way of some good demagogery. And certainly don’t let education, water, transportation, infrastructure, crime or jobs take priority over another useless Reform Panel.

GA Republicans: “Governnment is the Enemy. Just look at how pathetic we run the state government. It’s terrible.”

Blue Fox

September 29th, 2010
6:50 pm

MK, remember that the Alabamans bought up all the ammunition in the state a couple of years back when they heard on CNN that the Russians had invaded Georgia.

Ralph

September 29th, 2010
7:32 pm

Glad to see Georgia joining other states to curb illegal immigration abuses. King Rat Roy fought the voter ID, in-state tuition is no longer offered to illegals, and some are being deported.

This needs to be done on a state level since the current federal government administration is ignoring its constitutional duty.

greg best

September 29th, 2010
7:33 pm

How many Mexican illegals does Nathan Deal have working for him at the salvage yard he owns? Folks in Hall County just laugh about it.

Rick in Grayson

September 29th, 2010
8:05 pm

Go after the employers who don’t use E-Verify! Put them in jail along with the illegal aliens!

Rick in Grayson

September 29th, 2010
8:08 pm

Have local schools verify the citizenship of each of the kids entered in school. The Supreme Court allows K-12 educations for illegal aliens unless the state denies them that education! Making them verify their citizenship, but not denying them K-12 educations at this point does not break the “law”. Put some heat on their parents. Deny illegal aliens participation in the “free” breakfast and lunch programs!

greg best

September 29th, 2010
8:30 pm

I guess Nathan Deal does not use E-Vefify at the salvage yard…he definitely employs illegals at this labor-intensive business and I predict he will claim he didn’t know nuttin’ about nuttin’…

Chris

September 29th, 2010
9:25 pm

Tuckerman you hit the ball out of the park. The recession has done more to solve this problem than any ill-conceived legislation.

So thinking along these lines, if we really want to stop illegal immigration just keep electing the same morons in the GA legislature over and over. They’ve shown time after time that they are experts at destroying the economy.

Fire Eater

September 30th, 2010
3:43 am

Republicans should propose a “Primitive Practices” act aimed at third world immigrants to ban wearing burkhas, sharia, voodoo, sexual mutilation, animal sacrifice and other NON-WESTERN practices. Let’s see who OPPOSES such a measure.

As shown by Arizona, action on the state level will encourage undesirable immigrants to leave the state, perhaps to relocate to liberal California or New York to further overburden their bankrupt social “services” and criminal justice system.

It was LBJ, Emmanuel Cellar and Ted Kennedy who rammed through the 1965 Immigration Act that opened the floodgates to the primitive and backward peoples of the earth.

Roy Barnes

September 30th, 2010
7:10 am

Friends,

These Republicans are cracking down on our potential voter base!

Our illegal friends, I mean our “undocumented residents”, need to register to vote under their surname, their mama’s maiden name, and under anyone else they can think of so they can vote for King Roy more than once come election day.

These Republicans seem to have multiplied since the last time I ran, and I need every vote I can get.

Remember, vote and vote as many times as you can !

Roy

Buzz G

September 30th, 2010
7:58 am

If an illegal alien is an undocumented worker than a bank robber makes and unauthorized withdrawal.

Buzz G

September 30th, 2010
8:01 am

Two million illegal aliens have returned to their homes voluntarily due to the economic mess we have.

18 million are still here and need to be dealt with. The border is still wide open and they can pour across any time they like. Obama and the Democrats have not changed this for the better, they have changed it for the worse. Time to give the Republicans another shot at getting a fence up.

[...] this week, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and House Speaker David Ralston announced the formation of a joint-legislative committee to come up with a Georgia version of the much-vaunted Arizona law to combat illegal [...]

Georgian

September 30th, 2010
9:25 am

Unless they crack down on employers, then it will not make a difference on what they do. They pass the most comprehensive anti-immigration bill in 2006 and have passed anti-immigration legislation every year since then. YET, they still have not accomplished their goals? BECAUSE they have done NOTHING against the ONE reason immigrants are here: JOBS. Until they crack down on employers, these jokers are only blowing hot air and empty promises.

jconservative

September 30th, 2010
9:28 am

Great! We are gonna lock up a bunch of aliens, house them in Georgia jails, feed and clothe them for months while ICE takes their sweet time in processing them through the system.

Who is gonna pay for this. We gonna raise property taxes again?

Just looking out for my wallet.

Double Zero Eight

September 30th, 2010
9:49 am

Both parties have ignored the border and our immigration laws. Cagle is grandstanding to get votes. Both parties are playing the voters for fools. Nothing will be done regarding immigration unless the politicians are forced to do so. Both sides spout a lot of rhetoric, and that is just what it is…..all talk and no action. Due to the poultry industry, NE Georgia has a lot of illegal immigrants. They are an ingeral part of the poultry industry. Don’t expect Deal to be proactive on the matter when he is elected.

Politicians will say anything to get elected. They view elections as popularity contests based on promises, and feel they have no obligation whatsoever to follow through on campaign promises. Just take a look at
Sonny. I rest my case.

jconservative

September 30th, 2010
9:52 am

A short note on the history of immigration into the USA.

“Reagan Embraced Free Trade and Immigration
by Daniel Griswold Dan Griswold, June 24, 2004. Dan Griswold is associate director of the Center for Trade Policy Studies at the Cato Institute

But another aspect of Reagan’s record that should not be forgotten was his commitment to keeping America open to trade and immigration. …

Reagan’s vision of an America open to commerce and peaceful, hardworking immigrants contradicts the anti-trade and anti-immigration views espoused by Lou Dobbs, Bill O’Reilly, Pat Buchanan, Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado, and many others who claim to speak for the conservative causes Reagan largely defined. …

He signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, which included stepped up border enforcement and sanctions against employers who knowingly hire illegal workers. But that legislation also legalized 2.8 million undocumented workers. More immigrants entered the United States legally under President Reagan’s watch than under any previous U.S. president since Teddy Roosevelt.”

EZRA

September 30th, 2010
10:23 am

This committee should do exactly what they stated they would do. The federal socialist incharge should continue building the fence. Once the conservatives regain control of the house and senate in November, funds should flow to raise the fence as soon as possible.

Georgia Fan

September 30th, 2010
10:34 am

Good to see they decided to do this about a month before the election. It’s not like it’s been an issue for years. Hope the voters aren’t fooled by this political gimmick.

Travis McGee

September 30th, 2010
10:53 am

Two suggestions:

1. Construct a moat around the border of the state with draw bridges, and

2. Require a passport to enter across one of the draw bridges.

Sounds stupid, doesn’t it? But these will sound extremely sane when the commission makes its recommendations.

Nathan Deal

September 30th, 2010
11:09 am

Good thing this will all result in nothing being done about illegal aliens in Georgia. Who else but illegals would work at my scrapyard for $2 an hour?
I promise that when elected governor of Georgia, I will do everything in my power to protect the good, god fearing conservative businessmen of Georgia that lure these illegals here to work for slave wages and further overburden what little social services Georgia has from any laws that might penalize them for hiring illegal aliens. Why should businessmen be held responsible for anything?

BTW: I hope the good taxpayers of Georgia won’t mind giving me a little multi-million dollar bailout because I have no clue how to run a business. If you do mind, I’ll take one anyway. What will you do, vote Democrat? Y’all ain’t that bright.

Sincerely,
Natty Deal

Roy Barnes

September 30th, 2010
11:09 am

We should embrace our undocumented residents, and grant them amnesty and full citizenship.

They’ll certainly be loyal Democrats !

Devil's Advocate

September 30th, 2010
11:18 am

“We should embrace our undocumented residents, and grant them amnesty and full citizenship. ”

Like Ronnie Reagan did in the 80’s?

SAY IT AINT SO

September 30th, 2010
11:19 am

Democrates want them here so they can maintain voter benefits. They will give any excuse in the book to allow them to stay.

Personally, I have no problems with immigration as a whole but I expect them to be here legally and pay taxes and be part of our society and learn our language. I am one of those americans who is sick of pressing 1 for English. This is our country and if they come here it needs to be by our laws and by our terms. Otherwise, go home and fix your own country. Dont ruin ours…………………….

chris

September 30th, 2010
11:31 am

why don’t put in our own presidential power in the state? I just saying here. That we might need to be a republic.

Swede Atlanta

September 30th, 2010
12:04 pm

Guess the Georgia GOP didn’t get the memo that matters of immigration are vested with the federal goverment and not with the states (see recent court ruling against the state of Arizona).

While the states have a significant interest in immigration matters this panel is just diverting attention away from things that really matter to Georgians including jobs, water, traffic, education. Illegal immigrants do not take jobs away from Georgians. They typically perform the types of tasks that ordinary Americans wouldn’t take.

InAtla

September 30th, 2010
12:22 pm

Most undocumented workers are working under a Tax Id or Fake Social Security number since their employers require that (yes true perhaps not the day laborers who get paid in cash but really make very little money and thus wouldn’t be subject to income tax anyway). Those paid by employers have a total of 14% witheld for social security and I believe 3% for Med (half employer and half employee contributions). They can never collect Social Security and in GA cannot collect Medicare benefits so we are making significant money off of them.

They also pay school taxes since those largely come from sales taxes and property taxes.

They support our economy through shopping at local businesses.

The true drain on the economy is the fact that many are getting older and there are more retired people in proportion to working aged people. The undocumented workers are largely working age and thus they help the U.S. economy by helping to alleviate the situation created by our declining birthrate and increased retirement aged population.

Undocumented workers also do not get unemployment benefits. Saving even more money.

The notion that Democrats want illegal immigrants because they vote for them is crazy. They cannot vote. And even if given rights the path to being a citizen and thus able to vote is a long one. Besides in many ways immigrants share many traits with Republicans and should the Republicans stop playing the misleading they cost jobs and money game as well as the “loss of American (white) values” they could get these votes.

As the Catholic Church and Southern Baptists recognize these people are human beings. They are risking their lives on the dangerous trip to the U.S. in order to try to help their family. They come here and work for low wages and have no rights, subject to being locked up for fishing without a license or driving with a tail lamp out (Gwinnett and Cobb should be ashamed of themselves).

Matthew 25:40: “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’”

It is sad the legislature should look at reform that recognizes those that are here and those that our tax base depends on. Don’t believe me about the tax base? Go to Buford Highway’s Plaza Fiesta on a Sunday and look at the tax revenues being generated. The SunTrust their is even open on Sunday in recognition of all of the money and jobs that this community generates. It is unrealistic to try to ship everyone out. Lets not play politics lets play in reality and finally figure out away to address the problem.

hl

September 30th, 2010
12:23 pm

Everyone who knowingly or unknowingly hires an illegal to mow their yard or clean their house should be fined. Most illegals come to our country for work and if there is no work they won’t come. Every restaurant in town should be required to show documentation for their employees . Documentation can be forged, but it is up to the hirer to verify it.
I’ll believe that Republicans are serious when they go after the companies that hire illegals. The present administration has deported 500,000 more than the previous administration did within the same time frame.
It’s nothing more than an election year gotcha. In a few years they will try to woo back the latino vote.

True Conservative

September 30th, 2010
12:34 pm

Well, personally I am glad to see this come even if it the feds try to strip it of its real power. I stand with Arizona on this issue and I think that the more states that come along with their version of the law, the more it will bring out of the closet those politicians who seek to give amnesty and lots of freebies to illegals. Yes, illegals, I do not call them immigrants because they are not. I support all legal immigrants and I support their desire to become citizens of this country, but these are lawbreakers and I condemn that. …And yes, I think that employers who hire illegals should be punished severely because they too are breaking the law.

Rich Pellegrino

September 30th, 2010
12:40 pm

Enter your comments here The Republicans and any weak-kneed democrat or indpenendent who joins in with them are nothing but schoolyardt bullies and hate mongerers and need to be called out. They benefit from immigrant labor, revenues, and other contributions and then stomp on them. This is nothing but bullying and means they don’t have the balls to stand up and fight like adults but are little children picking on the most vulnerable. I swore off fighting a long time ago, back in the schoolyard, except when a bully is picking on a defenseless person. So I am calling out these gutless bullies, including the 287-G bully with badges Sheriff’s. Let’s have an ole fashion duel or boxing match to get your rocks off instead of taking them out on others in less of a position to fight for themselves. Here is my challenge: Cagle, you assemble your committee and I will assemble a committee to defend the immigrants from your bullying. Then the two committees will duke it out with agreeable rules of engagement and may the best win. This will save the state and taxpayers millions of dollars, jobs, and other resources.(I am serious but it is not likely that you cowards will take me on.)

Dial 1 for English

September 30th, 2010
2:50 pm

Our jails, prisons and judicial system are clogged with illegal aliens. Our schools are overrun with their gangs and third world habits. Our hospitals are overrun with their brood mares, cranking out new American citizen after another, and given a laundry list of entitlements, all paid for by the working American taxpayer.

We’ve had enough !

If they want to reside here, they should have certifiable identification, proof they have a job, & they have to obey our laws. If they violate our laws or if their papers are not in order, back to bananaland they go.

Menace

September 30th, 2010
4:17 pm

The Public continues to be suckers to the fear mongering politicians and psuedo-media. In the 50’s it was the Communists who were going to overthrow our way of life. Now, we have Muslim extremists and illegal aliens who are imposing their will on us. Heaven help the sheople.

Cobb Woman of Color

September 30th, 2010
4:25 pm

I will believe it when I see it! The last legislation was watered down.

My issue is they feel they shouldn’t have to adhere to the laws of America on any level…local, state or national.

John smith

September 30th, 2010
8:38 pm

Make their milk as sour as you want – that is about the only thing that can be done to even thinking about control. I hope they have the courage to lead not politic.