State legislators consider Arizona-style crackdown on illegal immigrants

A state legislative panel studying whether Georgia should adopt an Arizona-style crackdown on illegal immigration has received a long list of proposals to consider, including authorizing all local and state law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration laws.

Also on the list is a proposed requirement for all businesses to use the federal E-Verify database to ensure their employees are in the country legally. Other proposals include creating new criminals offense for people who stop vehicles to hire and pick up day laborers; conceal, harbor, or shield illegal immigrants; or encourage illegal immigrants to move here.

These proposals are outlined in a Nov. 3 memo from deputy legislative counsel Terry Long to the Joint House and Senate Study Committee on Immigration Reform. Long does not identify the sources of the ideas in her memo, but she said they did not come from her office.

But Sen. Jack Murphy, R-Cumming, co-chairman of the committee, said the ideas came from legislators and various organizations from around the country, including the National Conference of State Legislatures. Murphy’s panel is seeking to draft a comprehensive immigration bill before the next state legislative session starts in January.

Regarding the proposal to give local police the power to enforce federal immigration laws, Murphy indicated that could present some legal challenges.

“I’m not sure we can do that,” Murphy said after attending his committee meeting at the State Capitol Wednesday. “But we do have the ability when we stop somebody for a violation to ask them — if there is reasonable suspicion — if they are here illegally.”

The Obama administration has held that it is the federal government’s responsibility to enforce immigration laws and it sued to stop Arizona’s law. A federal judge this year blocked the part of Arizona law that requires police to check a person’s immigration status while enforcing other laws.

At the same time, the federal government has been empowering local police and sheriff’s deputies in Georgia — and many other states — to enforce immigration laws through so-called 287(g) agreements. Through these agreements, local police are given the power to question people about whether they are in the country legally and issue arrest warrants, prepare charging documents and detain and transport criminals for immigration violations.

Several people spoke at a committee public hearing Wednesday about the possibility of Georgia adopting something similar to Arizona’s law.

“A similar law would have a devastating effect on our economy,” said Helen Kim Ho, executive director of the Asian American Legal Advocacy Center of Georgia. “Such a policy would also hamper foreign economic development in our state because of the bad publicity which would result from boycotts and the image of Georgia as an anti-immigrant state.”

Responding to Ho, Sen. John Bulloch, a member of the committee, complained illegal immigrants are “taking advantage of our services, our education system.”

“It all should be done on the federal level,” Bulloch, R-Ochlocknee, said of enforcing immigration laws. “We all agree to that. But at the same time we have the ability to create Georgia laws and that is what we are looking at.”

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Tom

November 17th, 2010
3:50 pm

Jerry Gonzalez is a fine example for Latinos to listen to. Even when illegals committ serious crimes like robbery, rape and murders, I have NEVER heard him say anything negative about these criminals. They can do no wrong in his eyes. He is one of the most biased persons in society today. I depise what he stands for!!!!! Also his comment about agricultural industry relies on immigrant workers is BS!!! Do you really not think Georgia CITIZENS (white, black and brown) would take these jobs immediately in these hard times?

nofreecheese

November 17th, 2010
3:55 pm

Yeee-hah! Let’s round up ‘dem illegal brown people and send back to Mexico! On a serious note, I appreciate their drive and willingness to work, but our laws have to be enforced. I’m all for a guest worker program–which would make these folks “legal”.

larry

November 17th, 2010
4:17 pm

I just hope whatever they do, it will not require tax money to fight legal challenges. The State cannot afford it.

Tommy Gunn

November 17th, 2010
5:27 pm

They should start with allowing schools to turn in the illegals! It makes no sense to me why a school official cannot turn in students who they KNOW are illegal!

Dave

November 17th, 2010
5:37 pm

So if the “encouraging” proposal becomes law and I comment here “come on in all you illegals, Georgia’s a great place to reside!” I’d go to the pokey? I just love the people that represent me, so much I’m going to send each and everyone of them a personal copy of the Constitution – so that they can read it and maybe not do such stupid things in the future.

henry county redneck

November 17th, 2010
5:46 pm

I’m sick of my government giving away the store. I worked hard, legally, paid taxes, and expect what I paid into the system to be there when I need it. INS needs State help to enforce the federal laws. If I have to, I’ll go out and pick crops. Run the illegals out and then start with a clean, legal, slate.

Juddist

November 17th, 2010
5:49 pm

Stop fooling yourselves. As long as we got U.S. Senators and State Senators who have farms and a governor who owns a car repair yard we will never pass strict immigration laws. I have a suggestion, why don’t the rich republicans stop hiring them for cheap labor?

woka

November 17th, 2010
7:23 pm

i dont care about legality i care about them not paying state taxes like the rest of us. and i also dont care if that hurts your blueberry farms bottom line

Andy

November 17th, 2010
7:37 pm

When the economy was riding high, everyone was OK with illegal immigrants mowing lawns, cleaning pools, and installing roofs. Now all of a sudden, they should be ‘kicked out of the country.’ If anything, there should be a more sensible path for immigration/naturalization in this country and those that are here illegally or on expired visas should get back in line or voluntarily get out until their visas/passports are in order.

It wasn’t that long ago that Native Americans were calling the white colonists ‘illegal aliens.’

Synapses Intact

November 17th, 2010
8:01 pm

Agree with Andy. This country was and is made of uninvited immigrants just ask the few remaining indigenous peoples here.

Jusr Tired

November 17th, 2010
8:29 pm

I am just tired of everyone coming here to Georgia, getting free health care, apartments, food stamps and Medicaid. Not to mention SSI and social security, pocket change, 100% job placement. These are just the supposedly legal immigrants. Oh yeah, free education.

andy

November 17th, 2010
8:50 pm

Just Tired, the legals and the illegals have kept Georgia’s feeble economy going by working jobs that you, I, and most other white folks did not want and would not do. You xenophobes are just plain ignorant.

wondering

November 17th, 2010
9:00 pm

Juddist

November 17th, 2010
9:01 pm

Just Tired, I wished the illegals would all leave and in two weeks we will be begging them to come back. No one is doing those jobs and you are probably hiring them too.

olderandwiser49

November 17th, 2010
9:34 pm

It really wouldn’t be that difficult to remove the majority of the illegals:

1) Imprison or deport all illegals with a criminal record of any kind;
2) Require all employers of illegals to sponsor the illegals, including providing the employees with full medical coverage at the employers’ expense, and not Obamacare at taxpayers’ expense;
3) Eliminate all welfare payments of any kind to those here illegally. Let them pay their own way.
That should do it!

Max

November 17th, 2010
10:09 pm

Just keep dreaming georgians, or gwinnettians. The tide is not going back, Georgia is becoming less white and more brown by the minute. More than 50% percent of the babies born in the state are NOT white. Wait 30 to 35 years and this hispanics babies are going to take over georgia congress and probably the governorship, and all of you illegal immigrant bashers, “good old boys”, are gonna have a hispanic nurse wiping your white rear ends while you watch in agony how your beloved state has been taken by this “invaders”

intown liberal

November 17th, 2010
10:30 pm

Has anyone considered that we might need hard working people aspart of our citizenry?

The Ghost of Lester Maddox

November 17th, 2010
11:44 pm

Meanwhile….back in the real world….talk to your local general contractor…they will tell you in a heart beat that illegals will work harder, longer and better than anyone else.

As one contractor put it to me….”I pay legit wages to a white guy or black guy….he works half a$$ and complains and wants his pay early….I pick up an illegal at a home depot parking lot…and I show him how to do something one time only, and he never stops working until I crank up my truck to go home in the evening”.

There ya go. Politicians make their little plans and speeches, and meanwhile the real world moves right along.

dmcsga

November 18th, 2010
1:04 am

I just want all these people that say they get FREE Healthcare to explain how that is happening??? I hear all these people say that same damn thing whats said on the news but NOBODY really breaks things down to how it really hurts or benefits us.

There was a recent study by a Harvard or something top university about the economic behind illegal immigrants beside them being here illegally, they have to buy food, products, shelter, etc to live here with this they pay Sales Tax, Since most of them don’t or can’t have bank accounts they have to go to check cashing places and pay very high fees to these american businesses, Western Union charges a pretty penny for money wires. If it wasn’t for their labor, majority of our produce and meats would be at least twice as high in cost to us Americans which would mean our already financially hurting families would be in more distress. All of us american benefited from their cheap labor. But now since our economy is declining we need a fall guy and what the Republicans keep wanting us to believe is that they are the reason. $700 Billion went to the same corporations that drove our economy in the ground, they used that same money and gave executives bonuses in the millions. How many jobs that pay GOOD money are being sent overseas??? Don’t Nike, Reebok, etc have manufacturing plants in Vietnam and China? How many people do they employ. These are jobs Americans can do but they rather sent them overseas for cheap labor and guess what NONE of the money reaches any American economy it helps China, India, etc becoming a stronger country. At least illegals have to put money back with our businesses.

I don’t think anybody just wants to travel through the desert for day or weeks with a high risk of getting killed by either heat, dehyrdration or killed by the cartels just to get to the US. Every program I watched in regards to this topic is nothing I would want to do when times are hard only when things are completely hopeless me as human being would consider to go to these extremes they have to go through. If we are really smart we can use this to help our economy, let the illegals get a pathway to become legal, make them pay fines, fees, pay taxes, make them learn English. Give them some type of amnesty meaning only if you have been in the country 10+ years can you qualify which should deter some from doing the same. Some say it isn’t fair, but guess what I don’t think it is fair that Lindsay Lohan gets to continuously drive drunk and gets arrested and maybe does 2 hours in jail. If any regular citizens gets arrested for DUI there is a mandatory jail time, license suspensions and fines galore. So I guess thats how it is. So in all fairness, the welfare of our country is most important and if we can figure out to work together and make lemonade out of lemons. Hell if it wasn’t for illegals New Orleans probably still would be a ghost town to this day.

Red

November 18th, 2010
7:23 am

While they’re at it; how about a law that requires anyone who cannot prove they have had family in this state for at least a generation to sew a yellow tamale, or something, on the outer part of their garment for easy identification…

pete

November 18th, 2010
7:55 am

I think the republicans need to be thinking about jobs!

ComradeAnon

November 18th, 2010
8:41 am

First it was all the Irish. My God. They came and came and came. We all know how that turned out.

An American Patriot

November 18th, 2010
8:44 am

It wasn’t that long ago that Native Americans were calling the white colonists ‘illegal aliens.’

I don’t think that term was being used then; however, we weren’t illegal, we were conquerors…..we took over their beautiful country, killed most of em and put the rest in reservations. Now, lets turn that around…….If the hispanics want to do the same thing to the country they are occupying illegally, they better be ready for one big a** fight to the finish.

Americans conquered this country and built it into what it is today…..ok, ok, I concede, there were immigrants….but, they were legal immigrants that abided by the rules for becoming americans. I don’t see those coming from south of the border doing anything legal…..they are taking money earned here and sending it to home, wherever that might be, and that’s helping to kill our economy. They are overburdening our infrastructure, filling up our hospitals, taking our welfare, committing crimes and filling our jails, entering our schools, some with no english skills which slows down the education process for students that are there legally to learn. Don’t start on me about the USA needing these people to pick fruit, cut grass, babysit, replace roofs, dig ditches, etc., etc., there are many, many able people in this country legally that could perform those tasks who don’t have a job presently……put them to work when all the illegals leave, take away their unemployment, food stamps, section 8 housing, earned income tax credits, all of which are hurting this country economically…….If they choose not to work, they will suffer the consequences – starvation. The United States Of America cannot be everything to everybody.

CHUCKT

November 18th, 2010
10:07 am

In my simple way of understanding, illegal means an individual or activity outside the established legal system. If we are so quick to ignore that those classified as illegals are outside the adopted legal system, which other laws can we ignore just because we don’t think they are fair to someone or other?

Bull****

November 18th, 2010
10:46 am

Yeah I dare someone to tell me my family has to leave this state.

Stop the Hate

November 18th, 2010
10:56 am

Slavery was legal once. So was segregation. When people broke segregation laws they were called criminals. People come to this country out of desperation to feed their families. Nobody wants to leave their families and countries. Would you? Imagine having to make that decision? Why do we equate undocumented people with “criminal?” These are people trying to survive in this world. They do not come to “mooch” from our system. In fact, all the so-called benefits people say they are “sucking” they do not qualify for! Such as Medicaid and Welfare–undocumented people do NOT get those services. And they work (we can all agree to that!) and pay social security they will never see. Do you really think the problems of unemployment, poverty, lack of health care is the fault of undocumented individuals? Give me a break. You don’t have health care because this government doesn’t believe health care is a right. You don’t have a job because this government is bailing out corporations instead of the people. While Canadians and Europeans can easily acquire “legal visas” to come to the US, for most of the world, especially those from Mexico and Central America, it is virtually impossible to get a visa to come here “legally.” So please don’t act like that is a real option. People come here when they have no choice. When it IS a metter of life or death for them. Thats why people risk their lives to cross. Can we please have some humanity for these individuals? All of us, except for Native Americans, were immigrants. Some of our families came legally when this country was inviting immigrants in from Europe. But some of our families “snuck in” as well. And all immigrants were scapegoated at one point–called names, considered dirty. Let’s stop repeating this pattern and stop hating so much.

about time

November 18th, 2010
11:54 am

There is an article in the ajc about how Arizona’s illegal immigrant law is destroying the convention business in that state. I hope our legistlators will consider that before the fly off the handle and pass something similar.

Dawgbone

November 18th, 2010
12:14 pm

Hey Stop the Hate….just because my TV is bigger than yours or my sofa sits better than yours gives you NO right to sneak in my backdoor and take what is not yours…Laws are Laws….

funny

November 18th, 2010
1:12 pm

Illegal immigrants are becoming a problem now, because of the large numbers they are populating. Years ago when they first started sneaking in to this country the numbers were not so large. Yes we all want a better way of life but sneaking into a country to do it is not helping.

I don’t think it will ever end because you got people that are willing to help get them over here and keep them here hidden somewhere. Seriously, if we have millions of legal residents here that have no jobs, how are they going to get a better life? A lot of businesses(that employ illegal immigrants) aren’t going to continue to do well and farms and other such businesses will take a hit if people aren’t demanding whatever product or services they offer.

They need to follow the laws point blank no matter what their reasoning is to being here.

retireds

November 18th, 2010
1:50 pm

hate leads to vitriol – vitriol leads to bitterness – bitterness leads to brother/sister vs brother/sister – bitterness leads to the decay of decency – decay of decency leads to the destruction of the American way of life … and where does it start?

dorothy stapen

November 18th, 2010
1:57 pm

Is Nathan Deal’s banker missing? Bank exec no-show in court Accoding to the AJC, Randy Jones did not show up for his guilty plea today in Federal Court on bank fraud charges. Jones was the personal banker for Nathan Deal on his failed Wilder Outdoors questionable loan for a couple million bucks.

Simon

November 18th, 2010
2:03 pm

I lived in Georgia illegal for over 10 Years, and I paid Satate and Federal taxes, I did my Taxes every Years, and the State and Federal Goverment send me my return, I never used any public sevices, I paid Private School for my Child, I was a Good Citizen all those years in USA, I move outside the America and We did not take with us any money, all I get from my work, I invest in USA.

EZRA

November 18th, 2010
2:23 pm

dmcsga

November 18th, 2010
1:04 am
You need to get out of that over populated rental and get some fresh air. Did you know the minimum wage for H2A workers? Its a lot more than our minimum wage. Those illegals will use false id and ssn for their I-9 and claim 6 dependents. How much tax is taking out claiming head of household with 6 dependents. Many are single. Big tax difference. Hey citizens who committ felonies lose or dont get benefits. Illegals are criminals. If Mexico or the other latin American countries had citizens that believed in the law of the land maybe they would have a little of America in them. I do not fell sorry for them nor do I owe them anything. I have my own children to look after. We must put America and Americans first! That’s change I can live with.

EZRA

November 18th, 2010
2:27 pm

retireds

November 18th, 2010
1:50 pm
Love of country leads to purge progressive liberals, purging progressive liberals brings back freedom and traditional values, freednom and traditional values makes us independent. How do you become a resonsible independent person?

June

November 18th, 2010
2:38 pm

Hey, Georgia, dont’ spend too much time “considering.” Just pass a law and get rid of each and every lawbreaker. What is it with people who want our country overrun with those who have no intention of becoming Americsns even if citizenship is given to them on a silver platter. It’s simple people…if you want a decent country with those who are compatible, get rid of these criminals. If you want a version of Mexico, then whine and wring your hands and start the drivel about “we are a nation of immigrantion.” No! We are a nation of 200 million Americans and 30 million illegal aliens. It’s your choice.

pete

November 18th, 2010
3:22 pm

dont forget everything Hitler did was legal.

cl

November 18th, 2010
3:59 pm

Older and Wiser will you run for office – I’d vote for you!

Soon to be Legal

November 18th, 2010
4:21 pm

More Arizona style laws?
Americans still dont get the picture that there is a big business going by keeping all the illegals here!
Think about for starters the Department of Homeland Security!
All the employees.( Prosecutors, Officers, etc. )
All the DEA employees you know ( trying ) to keep the dope and terrorists from coming across the southern border! Thats just their charade to keep their jobs!
Letting all the criminals across the border will lead to more crime ( sex offender , child molesters, drunk drivers etc. ) Which in consequence will lead to jobs for lawyers, more police officers, and more crap that comes with this kind of stuff!

My point here is that , to the American Govt the American People are just like puppets and the govt will look out for their ( govt) welfare.
By the way I am not American,( yet ) but the way I see it. I hate to see Americans dying in the hands of some unauthorized alien .
Or a family starving to an unauthorized alien, getting help from the govt!
If it matters ! I’m Mexican and I have been in the county for less than 5 years working Legally!
Paying my taxes, learning from the American society!
Basically trying to fit in!… I hope the welfare of the American communities get restored.

By the way! Those who think the Reconquista is Real?.. I tell u one thing! Mexico has more Territory than it can actually handle , and the drug on wars is just an small proof of it!
Believe me when I said Mexicans just want their own country to be a country where they can grow!
We do not want to take back California, We do not want any of the US…..

Perhaps the Chicanos DO.! you know ( Mexican descendants who have lived in the US for generations )
They are the ones who are claiming the Aztlan!

Whatever!…… I just hope Atlanta don’t enact drastic laws like Arizona!
Peace !.

Andy

November 18th, 2010
5:28 pm

An American Patriot, thanks for completely missing my point and largely proving my point. Colonists from England were ‘legally’ able to take the continent of America because of their authority from their home country, not from permission of those already there and already settled the land. Sure, the colonists built a culture based largely on England’s culture, but that’s it.

I betcha some of these xenophobes’ head would spin if they found out ‘America’ was named because of a Spanish-speaking man AND Spain was one of the first countries to settle this new continent. But no, let’s get people who ain’t able to speak English good out of this country and are a ’strain’ on society for stealing government services from people who think they are too good to use them anyway or take jobs from those who don’t want them anyway.

Left in the south

November 18th, 2010
7:28 pm

What a bunch of GA dumba**es. Illegals do pay income taxes if they are employeed by legal companies, they just do not receive the benefits. Go ahead and enact an Arizona style law and just see what it does to our convention business….Arizona has already lost out on $145 million in convention business.
You guys are more concerned w/bulls*** than electing all the repug crooks you voted in.
During the last 30 years of Democratic Rule Ga was progressing financially, technoligically etc… What has happened since the PSC went all Repug?…never turning down rate hikes….Oh yeah that’s working for the people. How did the Repug Governor and Legislature progress this State? Go Fish? Higher unemployment? Getting rid of the homestead exemption?
Face it Ga is full of CORPORATE TOOLS

Fire Eater

November 18th, 2010
7:32 pm

We need to get back to the intent of the Founding Fathers on immigration…the men who gave us the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution wrote the Immigration Act of 1790. Google it.

bart

November 18th, 2010
9:34 pm

Why isn’t the legislature concentrating on jobs, the economy, education, transportation, and water issues?

Pragmatist

November 18th, 2010
10:09 pm

“all local and state law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration laws” will cost local governments money that they don’t have and lead to higher taxes. “requirement for all businesses to use the federal E-Verify database to ensure their employees are in the country legally” will place yet another burden on small business. I am not in favor of illegal immigration, but neither of these suggestions will do anything for the economic development of Georgia.

Buford Sowega

November 18th, 2010
10:30 pm

If “illegals” are taking advantage of our educational system, I’m glad someone is. Too many native born don’t seem to care too much. I’ve seen a lot of hispanic kids be the best behaved, hardest working students in a classroom. Their parents know what an education is worth. Those ARE the kind of people I want as my neighbors–and as peers for my own child.

Some complain that undocumented immigrants don’t pay for school, but not many of them own property, they rent. That means that property taxes are folded into the rent amount–the landlord pays their share in full. Anyway, I say get ‘em documented, sworn to loyalty, and brought fully into society. Hell, we could use a touch more of Latino family values and work ethic.

eatmotacos

November 18th, 2010
11:59 pm

If the politicians were doing more than just pandering, I would suggest that they address the issue of illegal aliens driving expensive, accessory laden vehicles, as they defraud multiple government programs meant for US citizens.

Watching them pay for overflowing grocery carts with our tax dollars – then watching them load the groceries that I helped to pay for into their tricked out new Cadillac Escalade is like rubbing salt into the wound. If they can afford to drive a $50,000 plus vehicle, that should disqualify them from any government handout. Of course, since you don’t know which one of their false names the car is – or who they are, for that matter, it would be difficult to enforce.

One more point – to the scumbags who give the glowing testimonials about the illegal aliens they hire – you are not only violating our laws, you are the reason they are still here. You should be fined and or jailed and made to pay for their transportation out of the country.

Anne

November 19th, 2010
7:06 am

Buford Sowega

November 18th, 2010
10:30 pm
If “illegals” are taking advantage of our educational system, I’m glad someone is. Too many native born don’t seem to care too much. I’ve seen a lot of hispanic kids be the best behaved, hardest working students in a classroom. Their parents know what an education is worth. Those ARE the kind of people I want as my neighbors–and as peers for my own child.

Some complain that undocumented immigrants don’t pay for school, but not many of them own property, they rent. That means that property taxes are folded into the rent amount–the landlord pays their share in full. Anyway, I say get ‘em documented, sworn to loyalty, and brought fully into society. Hell, we could use a touch more of Latino family values and work ethic.

Care to explain why your beloved ‘undocumenteds’ ( what a pretty word to describe lawbreakers) have the highest high school drop-out rate of any ethnicity,even with billions spent per year on ESL,if the parents so value education?
And as far as your ‘Latino family values’,are you aware the out-of-wedlock birth rate for Hispanics in the U.S. is now 52%+,fast approaching that of African-Americans?
You want illegals here,fine-YOUR taxes will be raised to support them.

Ghetto Grandpa

November 19th, 2010
8:49 am

Here’s the General Assembly’s to-do list this year:

Bash gays;
Bash illegal aliens (but ignore the companies that hire them);
Take tax dollars from metro-Atlanta and give them to S. Georgia;
Redistrict state/federal districts to eliminate all democrats;
Keep old black folks from voting;
Pander to right-wing Christian Talibanites; and
Find a way to pave over in-town Atlanta.

Busy, busy, busy.

Not on the list:

Solve transportation problems;
Fix aging infrastructure;
End the water wars.

Ken Wilson

November 19th, 2010
9:08 am

Talk, talk and more talk. Get something done, start getting rid of all illegals today. You were elected to do the willl of the people, get it done.

eatmotacos

November 19th, 2010
9:22 am

I agree with Ghetto Granpa about bashing illegal aliens and ignoring the companies who hire them. The Republicans have to be aware that by delaying the process in order to satisfy their cronies demand for cheap labor, they are playing into the hands of the Democrats. Due to the misuse of the 14th amendment and the documented 3 to 1 birth rates of Hispanics, the Democrats are gaining on them every day. When you extrapolate the numbers, it may already be too late.

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Fed Up w/the Fed

November 19th, 2010
12:23 pm

If Americans, regardless of race got off the of the street corners and welfare lines then took the jobs that are outsourced to illegals and foreign countries, there wouldn’t be a place for them here. In times like these employers should fire the illegals and hire legal american citizens who need work.

StrangerOz

November 19th, 2010
12:45 pm

said Helen Kim Ho, “bad publicity which would result from boycotts and the image of Georgia as an anti-immigrant state.” C’mon! What absolute rubbish! Georgia encourages LEGAL immigration. There should be no other way. If the Feds actually enforced the law, the problem would be nowhere near as bad as it is right now! I love the idea of formally charging those that harbor, employ, conceal or otherwise aid the ILLEGAL immigrants while here….or encouraging them to come here! It’s about time these traitorous companies were given a formal CRIMINAL record for hiring ILLEGAL immigrants and not citizens and legal residents! Shame them loudly and publicly!!!!

Andy

November 19th, 2010
12:52 pm

Fed Up W/ the Fed:

I agree with you on that, but there is a problem calling ‘discrimination lawsuits’ by illegal aliens or undocumented/expired visa workers. Can you imagine a major corporation like Wal-Mart or the like having zero tolerance for illegal aliens? Lawyers would have a field day with that.

Fed Up w/the Fed

November 19th, 2010
3:47 pm

ANDY — that’s the really ridiculous part…it’s just sad sad sad.

yuzeyurbrain

November 19th, 2010
3:59 pm

Action; reaction. The whole country will be a majority non-white in 15-20 years according to Census estimates. The political power of Republicans will disappear unless they change their stance towards new majority. In the meantime, if history is a guide, we will see more and more efforts to disenfranchise the new majority and hold onto power. But it will ultimately fail. Just look at recent election results in California, Nevada and Colorado. Hispanics, in those cases, provided the margin of victory for Democrats agains TeaParty Republicans who had bashed them.

Fire Eater

November 20th, 2010
4:49 am

The role of Tea Party people and others who carried the GOP to victory is like that of the political commissars to the Soviet Red Army during World War II…march behind the troops to make sure they fight and deal ruthlessly with “deserters and defeatists.”

I believe we will see more than just talk against illegal aliens from our new governor and legislature…we in Georgia could exceed Arizona with measures that could drive this menace from the state. For example, a 10% tax on foreign wire transfers if the sender has no state ID…unavailable to illegals. Or require government school students to bring back a note from mommy and daddy regarding their immigration status. If we drain the water in which they swim, they will self-deport.

The mass departure of illegals would be a “win-win.” While our community improves with illegals departing, Kalifornia and a few other deep-blue states will be their refuge, overloading their already bankrupt social service and criminal justice systems. This will be fitting punishment for their Democratic voting habits as well as making these places even more alien to middle America.

Immigration is the issue of our lifetime.

Thomas Paine II

November 20th, 2010
11:53 am

Thus ends the Republic. When anyone who can sneak across the border in the dead of night is given victim status and provided with all of the services of the state with the cost passed on to the citizens it becomes impossible to maintain a sovereign state. Once this is lost, national integrity will soon collapse and this once beautiful nation will fracture into separate states resembling Europe. For some of you, this is exactly what you want because the U.S. is ‘evil’ and needs to be destroyed, and this invasion will hasten this end. For others in the society, it just seems “fair”; and your short sightedness will facilitate the aims of the others. If the majority of people in the U.S. insist on open border policies we need to re-visit our taxing policy and replace the current tax system with something along the lines of the FAIR tax, where ALL taxes are replaced with a single sales tax sufficient to cover the needs of the nation and the states. Under such an arrangement everyone would pay for the upkeep of the state, even the illegals. At least then, we could better afford the largess they demand.

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eatmotacos

November 20th, 2010
6:17 pm

Fire Eater, I wouldn’t hold my breath until Nathan Deal does something about illegal aliens.

Red Hot Pete

November 20th, 2010
8:33 pm

Mexicans ARE welcome…. Stand in line as did the OTHERS and come here LEGAL!! Learn English, also!!

REPEAT… Georgia Legislators “Get something done, start getting rid of all illegals today. You were elected to do the willl of the people, get it done”!!!

Car Richardson

November 21st, 2010
12:21 am

Illegal immigrants = cheap labor..Both Democrats and Republicans support cheap labor.
Every construction site I pass, I see all Mexican crews..AMERICANS WANT THAT JOB.
Mom and pop American landscapers are put out of business, by illegals working for CORPORATE landscaping companies. Illegals repair the roads, drive trucks, clean the hospitals, do roofing, cook, etc AMERICANS WANT THOSE JOBS.
A quick way to citizenship, go fight in the Iraq, Afghanistan War…..they are not going to do it.
They send their money back to Mexico, and don’t want to become a U. S. citizen.
They are smart, they are investing in their country. And the corporations and business owners hiring illegals are bankrupting American workers.. But Republicans and Democrats work for corporations and therefore will do nothing about illegal immigration.

J.C. Calhoun

November 21st, 2010
6:25 am

I’m a Georgia native married to a non-citizen. All you racist fools should go lynch yourselves.

Ed Stavaganza

November 21st, 2010
11:11 am

It is just plain WRONG to allow ANY class of people to BREAK THE LAW!! They take our jobs, they swell the welfare rolls, they force us to build bigger schools, the are BREAKING our already weak healthcare system. SEND THEM HOME!!! The federal gov’t will not act. the State MUST!

Now Now Georgia - better watch out.

November 21st, 2010
2:59 pm

Better watch out Georgia, Obamination won’t like you stepping on illegals Uh, um, ‘undocumented workers’ toes. He’ll be sending that corrupt sesspool called Dept of Justice down on you. Especially now that the Democrooks are a very and I do mean VERY small minority!! Oh to heck with it, DO IT Georgia!!!

To Fed Up w/the Fed -

November 21st, 2010
3:04 pm

Well, I agree with you to a point however a key word you mentioned – outsourced workers! I was outsourced, and when the unemployment office mentioned I lost my job I told the woman no ma’m, I did not LOSE IT, I know exactly where it went. I just didn’t go with it!! My salary dropped from $40 an hour to $15 over night while the bankers, corporations and beauracrats raped me with taxes!! If I ‘lose’ my job again, I’m going to sit on my arse and take every dime I can!!! I didn’t make 30 million last year like the CEO of American Express!!!

eatmotacos

November 21st, 2010
4:35 pm

Another very real issue is the lack of medical screening of illegal aliens. People who enter our country legally are screened for contagious diseases for a reason. The alarming fact associated with this issue is the large numbers of illegal aliens who are preparing our food in fast food restaurants. The fast food people are one of the largest lobbies pushing to keep their medically unscreened cheap labor, even though they represent over half of the hepatitis B cases in this country and are 10 times more likely to have TB(frequently, the kind that scares the daylights out of pennicillin). You may want to think about that the next time you order your favorite burger and fries. If having a legitimate reason to be concerned makes me a racist, then call me a racist. The negatives associated with our open borders policy far outweigh any positives – the problem is that our two faced politicians are aligned with those who benefit financially.

Jem

November 21st, 2010
5:08 pm

Now we’re beginning to see why blindly voting one party or the other is such a bad idea. Our politicians are saying “screw you,” and they know it won’t matter. We’ll vote Republican no matter what.