Nathan Deal says he’d implement Arizona-style immigration laws

Arizona just took its place in the Georgia race for governor. This from a press release issued by the Republican campaign of Nathan Deal, the former congressman:

“I agree with the Arizona governor and Legislature that the federal government has failed miserably at protecting our borders and enacting sensible solutions that would protect our states, counties and cities from bearing the enormous costs associated with illegal immigration, from emergency room visits to public schools to the criminal justice system,” said Nathan Deal. “As governor of Georgia, I’d work to pass and sign similar legislation.”

The necessary background from the Associated Press:

Under the new Arizona law, immigrants unable to produce documents showing they are allowed to be in the U.S. could be arrested, jailed for up to six months and fined $2,500. That is a significant escalation of the typical federal punishment for being here illegally — deportation.

People arrested by Arizona police would be turned over to federal immigration officers. Opponents said the federal government could thwart the law by refusing to accept them.
Supporters of the law said it is necessary to protect Arizonans.

The state is home to an estimated 460,000 illegal immigrants and is the nation’s busiest gateway for people slipping into the country. [Arizona Gov. Jan] Brewer has ordered state officials to develop a training course for officers to learn what constitutes reasonable suspicion that someone is in the U.S. illegally.

More from Deal:

“It’s perfectly appropriate for state laws to complement federal laws. States are within their 10th Amendment powers to draft laws that deal with a huge, dangerous problem.

“States along the southern border have faced war-like conditions triggered by the violence of drug cartels,” Deal continued. “What we’ve seen historically in Georgia is that problems trickling over the border eventually flood over the border and strongly affect our state.”

Don’t be surprised if other Republicans quickly join in.

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172 comments Add your comment

Raquel Morris

April 27th, 2010
6:48 pm

Take the bait, Republicans.

Yankee in Gooberville

April 27th, 2010
6:51 pm

And if there was only some way to identify them…perhaps making them wear something. Say a star on their clothing. And make it yellow so they stand out. One could say that would be the Republican Final Solution to the Immigration Problem.

Byron Mathison Kerr

April 27th, 2010
6:52 pm

Yet another reason that Nathan Deal is not even on my gubernatorial radar.

JL

April 27th, 2010
6:54 pm

Former President Bush promised to close the borders and discovered that fences alone don’t help. Maybe we need to increase the border patrol but please not the National Guard because they are not trained as border patrol agents.
States can and should be able in increase the size of the police force if necessary to fight crime. If there is a crime problem in AZ, it is local law enforcements and elected officials problem and they should clean it up.
By the way, I could be illegal. .

Randy the Republican

April 27th, 2010
6:57 pm

Let’s keep it rollin’ make it the law in EVERY state!!!

JL

April 27th, 2010
6:58 pm

Do you suppose that Nathan Deal would support this.. Please pass the microchip law

I think we should catch ’em, we should document ’em, make sure we know where they are and where they are going,” said Pat Bertroche, an Urbandale physician. “I actually support microchipping them. I can microchip my dog so I can find it. Why can’t I microchip an illegal?
“That’s not a popular thing to say, but it’s a lot cheaper than building a fence they can tunnel under,” Bertroche said.
Pat Bertroche, an Urbandale physician and one of seven Republicans running in the 3rd District Congressional primary,
http://iowaindependent.com/32926/install-microchips-in-illegal-immigrants-gop-candidate-says

IB

April 27th, 2010
7:02 pm

Please make it to law in Florida too. We can’t find jobs, but every single “illegal immigrant” is holding some type of job, from house keeping to restaurant servers, casino workers. Marriage fraud is blooming and illegal immigration is out of control.

melvin polatnick

April 27th, 2010
7:03 pm

Montezuma`s revenge was once the diarrhea of Americans when they visited Mexico, but his revenge has now been upgraded. He is now sending 50 million hungry peons across the Mexican border. The ancestors of murderous Cortes will know how it feels to be enslaved by working long hours for little pay. It took many years, but Montezuma has finally gotten his long awaited revenge.

Shawn

April 27th, 2010
7:07 pm

Who carries this type of paperwork everywhere the go though? So does this mean if you look Mexican they can just ask you for your documents…what if they are at home, then what? This was NOT thought out carefully. More than HALF of illegal immigrants are working for Republicans anyway. They work on farms…for little pay to support their families. This is actually going to hurt more than help. Prayers go out to the TRUE citzens of Arizona.

JL

April 27th, 2010
7:13 pm

Would Nathan Deal be willing to enact a law stating that homeowners are responsible if illegals are mowing their yard, painting or doing handy man chores and will be fined $1000.00. The word knowingly is intentionally missing. Businesses should be fined more.
AZ passed a tough law against businesses hiring illegals but they did not enforce it.

Intowner

April 27th, 2010
7:20 pm

FIrst thing we do is chip all the white people so we know they’re safe and legal, since they have their papers… Then you don’t have to actually carry your identification papers with you like in the old USSR days b/c it’d be in your arm~

Illegals take the jobs lazy white kids won’t take because it’s beneath them – just ask the owner of a restaurant – poor work ethic, etc. Same in the construction industry – the builders i would talk to talked about how wretched native born workers of both ethnic persuasions were, and the dedicated workers were the illegals.

The hiring market for illegals is there for two reasons – the one everyone talks about (low wages) and the one that doesn’t get talked about (lazy US citizens who make crappy workers)

Me

April 27th, 2010
7:31 pm

What is wrong with you people? Illegal is illegal period. When did we start worrying about the rights of people who should not be in this country in the first place? Maybe you make enough money that you don’t mind paying for every other countries poor and maybe you don’t mind the extreme amounts of violence that is coming across our borders. If not, I suggest you move to the AZ – Mexico border and live there. When you are the constant target of drug cartels maybe you would change your mind. When you can’t get a job maybe you would change your mind. When your kids go out, would you feel safe in knowing that they will be back? If you don’t live in this area and don’t feel the effects first hand, your opinion means squat. Oh wait, I know, maybe you should just blame Bush. That is all you and your president seem to be able to do nowadays anyway. I am sick and tired of working hard every day to pay for other countries poor and to pay for bailouts and further fund your spending obsessed president. And here is a tidbit of information for all of you…. Bush is not president, is not running for president, will never be president again… GET OVER IT!!! Obama needs Bush to blame for all of his failures. That is the rule to politics, make the people scared and then tell them who to blame.

JL

April 27th, 2010
7:35 pm

What happened to keeping Federal Government small. If AZ has a problem with crime, they need to deal with it. New Mexico is on the border and they seem to be able to deal with it. I’m willing to pay more in state taxes to fight crime, are you? By the way Bush did have eight years to deal with the immigration problem.
I could be an illegal. .

gun collector

April 27th, 2010
7:35 pm

bring an illegal to your home to do work . next time you leave home you have a breakin. happened to me 3 times . all 3 went yo jail.

Midwayman

April 27th, 2010
7:36 pm

Those of you who don’t like the law should vent your anger not at AZ, but at the Federal Government, which for many years – including the Bush years – did nothing about the illegal invasion of our southern border. Now it is creating huge problems in schools, health care, the state budget, and employment.

The USA is the only developed country that does not enforce its immigration laws. It is a shameful neglect of federal responsibility for cynical political purposes, and it has to stop. Both parties are guilty, and I admire the “cajones” of the AZ governor and Nathan Deal to take a stand.

Here’s an idea: try entering Canada or particularly Mexico illegally and see what happens to you.

James

April 27th, 2010
7:38 pm

Deal is exactly right! He just got my vote!!

Johnny Reb

April 27th, 2010
7:41 pm

Pass it, arrest thm and put them on a bus or train home. If from over seas, a C140 can carry a lot of weight.

willie bradshaw

April 27th, 2010
7:42 pm

Its about time that states across rhe nation like arizona are finally taking steps to stop the war-like invasion of Mexicans cross the border illegally, and and steps should also be innitiated to stop legal immigration as well. The country of mexico has been at war with the USA, and Texas etc. Inn the past and they supported Hitler during World Wars 1 and 2, and are a communist 3rd world country. that joins our border. And make know mistake about they are attempting a takeover of the USA, through ECONOMIC PENNETRATION (another form of warfare) and the Illegals coming overto the USA are buying houses, getting on welfare, reproducing and corrupting the economic and socials systems that rightfully belong to americans, These practices have been going own for many years , and the federal government just keeps giving in to amnesty programs etc.and as a result, MEXICO has darn near taken over the USA. We can’t have the same relationship with Mexican Immigrants illegally in the country as we do with other nationallitys of immigrants over the world because their just across the Rio Grand (border) and as law makers have admitted seemingly uncontrolable as far as their illegal entry in to the USA. Those Mexican Illegals Hate Americans they have contempt for us , think the USA should belong to them already, and they are breaking every law they can break. They have no respect for Americans.and It is the duty of the USA government to stop them before the USA is taken over and we are taking our flag down and putting up the Mexican Flag. I don’t want to be under communism myself, and as a Texas , and a US Citizen. I will do what I can to stop it, and I hope other states will work together with the US government to send a message to the Illegal Mexicans cartels etc and to the Country of Mexico, that the People of the USA are fed with their attemted takeover of the USA. Our borders should be closed to trade, and immigration and enforced with the US Army in order to Immediately stop the problem and the states should have authority to protect their own constituency and those rights should always belong to the states. thanks WDB.

Larry

April 27th, 2010
7:53 pm

We fought and died for our freedom. Why do we expect less of these cowards sneeking across our boarder?

TW

April 27th, 2010
8:13 pm

AT least we’re not pretending to be Christian anymore!

MD

April 27th, 2010
8:27 pm

Good it is way past time we started enforcing laws that were made to protect AMERICANS.

mena

April 27th, 2010
8:37 pm

Why you all keep saying MEXiCAN’S get educated illegal inmigration not only from Mexico!! PERU,SALVADOR ,HONDURAS ,COSTA RICA, ARGENTINA,CUBA,U.K,ASIA,INDIA,CHINA ETC….. BY THE WAY 911 came trough CANADA fliyingggggg!!! they had green card’s.
You all make me sick so much ignorance in in one big bundle..
Love u

Dalton Whitfield

April 27th, 2010
8:44 pm

Mr. Deal why did you not take some leadership in the House of Representatives and do something there? If you couldn’t do it at that time, then I am certain you won’t be able to do it later as Governor.

Sassylady5683

April 27th, 2010
8:44 pm

About time that America stepped up to the responsibility plate and protect our citizens. Do the right thing and go through the process to be in America. I could not go to any other country and live without documentation. Truth be told, illegal aliens are a burden to our system.

willie bradshaw

April 27th, 2010
8:57 pm

I might add that the state of Oklahoma and Arizona are the only states that are getting tougher on mexican illegals . Texas should also follow them soon with this same tough legislation, It was reported on the local news in december of 2009, that Texas now has over One Million Mexican illegals in the state of Texas. I am a Democrat living in Texas,Born in Texas, I have known a lot of residents that are of Mexican decent, and their decendents also once fought to gain indepenence from Mexico, that feel the same way as I do concerning our relations with Mexico, and the states rights to protect US Citizens as well as the US governments responsibility to control the border in and by whatever means necessary. All the talk on the news concerning racial profiling is a bunch of BS. and undermines the rights of the people to be free in their own country. the mexicans should stay in their own country, and they wouldn’t have to worry about racial profiling or (getting caught). before they can buy property in the US. Currently its a win win situation once here they buy property. have children, if caught ,their family rents their houses illegally to renters that don’t now enough to check the courthouse records. and their familys forward the rent money on to them in Mexico. (MONEY LAUNDERING) the American Dollor, and any children born here automatically become citizens, and so its a continuous cycle that must be stopped ASAP or WE won’t have a USA any more, and we will be under Mexico. Thanhs WDB.

Cutty

April 27th, 2010
9:13 pm

Isn’t Mr. Deal’s comments on the federal government an indictment of his performance, or lack thereof, while in the House of Representatives?

Monroe Burbank

April 27th, 2010
9:16 pm

I think conservatives’ irrational fear is showing again. You people deserve Nathan Deal. You know what he did for me as my congressman for 8 years? NOTHING. There is not one extra job in Pickens County because of anything he did. This guy ran unopposed 8 times because you numb-nuts would continue to re-elected him each and every time, and he continued to deliver nothing. His constituents set the bar for him so low it was laying on the ground. And they did so gladly.

I swear to God, this mindless, nonsensical conservative ideology is going to drive the state into the ground. Are there any true conservative critical thinkers out there? These politicians are playing you for a bunch of fools.

Yeah, bring on the personal attacks. After all, personal attacks are the last vestige of a clueless conservative.

Billy

April 27th, 2010
9:17 pm

I have a better idea won’t we nuke Mexico and eradicate ALL mexicans and foreigners that way we will never ever have to worry about illegal immigration.

Puddin Tain

April 27th, 2010
9:17 pm

“I agree with the Arizona governor and Legislature that the federal government has failed miserably at protecting our borders……”

Let me get this straight. Nathan Deal was elected to Congress as a Democrat in 1992. He conveniently changed to a Republican in 1995. All told in Washington for 18 years as part of the “federal government.” I don’t recall his introducing legislation on immigration during any of that time. Gee, I wonder why this legislation is so important now?

Kudos to Damon Whitfield for calling him out.

pete

April 27th, 2010
9:19 pm

keep freedom free

Billy

April 27th, 2010
9:20 pm

Hey Larry, you didn’t fight and died for anything you just happened to live here now with the luxury of a microwave, etc … Don’t say we when you haven’t sacrificed a thing, last time I checked that America was built on slavery!

Billy

April 27th, 2010
9:23 pm

Hey Willie Bradshaw, I think when you owe 13 Trillion to other countries, how dare you say that we don’t own the USA. Isn’t when you don’t pay the money back that you don’t own the property????

pete

April 27th, 2010
9:24 pm

Deal Real Steal

April 27th, 2010
9:25 pm

Deal, Real, Steal – you couldnt get anything down in 18 years in congress. Why should we think you can accomplish any thing as Governor. I cant believe you are actually moving forward.

KP

April 27th, 2010
9:29 pm

This law is nothing more than legalized racial profiling. How will we apply this law to the illegal Canadians. Hasn’t Arizona just made appearing Hispanic a crime? A better question is why do we have illegal immigration in the first place? Are these millions of illegal immigrants robbing banks and murdering people everyday? Or are they working at jobs that American Employers hired them to do because its cheaper than hiring legal American Workers? Start arresting people who employ illegal immigrants from the CEO to the plant managers. When American Employers are serious about only hiring legal workers, see how fast the illegal immigration problem solves itself.

uno

April 27th, 2010
9:31 pm

The Office of Congressional Ethics recently released a report alleging that recently-retired Rep. Nathan Deal (R-Ga.) was guilty of violating House rules by improperly using his office to push policy that would benefit his family’s auto salvage company. Deal for Governor – not!

BitterEXdemocrackkk

April 27th, 2010
9:32 pm

Compel Gov. Perdue to ACT swiftly!

TW

April 27th, 2010
9:33 pm

All this white jealousy over the Mexican work-ethic is pathetic.

Deal ought do something about the teenage pregnancy and meth problem that has flourished in North Georgia under his negligence.

Mexicans wouldn’t have any place to work if it weren’t for all the lazy white trash that don’t want to work.

Mexicans are better workers, better family men, better Christians and lazy white trash redneck can’t stand it.

Trash.

Billy

April 27th, 2010
9:33 pm

Yes we need more leadership from corporations that helped Americans like Enron, Worldcom, Bernie Madoff, AIG, Goldman Sachs, Meryll Lynch, Countrywide, etc … because they are TRUE americans that will help us Americans get our economy back on track. All these illegal immigrants are at fault that we are at War and spent over $1 Trillion in Iraq, they are the reason that all the corporations outsourcing to India, China, etc … and moving all the good paying jobs, they also at fault that the stock market crashed, they are at fault that us greedy americans were buying houses, cars, etc that we can’t afford, they are at fault that we are in $13 Trillion in debt owing countries like China, Japan, Germany to fuel our need spending more than we earn, they are at fault that we Americans snort cocaine up our noses, hey they are even at fault for 9/11, the Oklahoma bombing, they are at fault for GM, Ford, etc going bankrupt, they are at fault for over 130 banks failing due to mismanagement of money and of course they are at fault that rich Americans don’t want to pay taxes! Whew we should just nuke Mexico

Billy

April 27th, 2010
9:35 pm

Maybe we should allow the Native American Indians decide what should happen since they really own the country unlike everybody else that claims it

Not Going To Use My Usual Name

April 27th, 2010
9:38 pm

The difficulty will be in enforcement. Citizens of the United States do not have to carry papers to prove it, period. Pretty sure the fourth amendment covers this. They’ll have to have a reasonable reason to check papers, because citizens don’t have to show them. I’m also pretty sure skin color won’t count as a reason, and speaking a non-English language would also be a hard sell to hold up in court.

This is really silly.

Billy

April 27th, 2010
9:42 pm

One more thing to ALL of us American Citizens! Do not ever run a red light, speed, run a stop sign, talk on your cell phone while driving, let your kids drive if they do not have a learners, or any other ILLEGAL activity because that will make you a criminal as well! Please do not forget that! Just because you got away with it one time doesn’t mean it never happened!

C-Lo

April 27th, 2010
10:02 pm

Aren’t the mexicans just taking the land that we stole from them back?

You Distort/We Deride

April 27th, 2010
10:14 pm

Beef up the borders, amend the constitution to DISALLOW citizenship for persons born on American soil, establish workable quotas for migrant\seasonal workers, pass legislation mandating English as the official language, enact a fair tax, and VOILA, Americans take back America and legal immigrant
Mexicans can vie for the jobs on a need basis.

Shoot, elect me instead of Raw Deal.

You Distort/We Deride

April 27th, 2010
10:15 pm

Persons born on American soil without an American parent, I should have said…couldn’t read the teleprompter. Sorry.

Not Going To Use My Usual Name

April 27th, 2010
10:20 pm

You mean sweat ruined the notes on your hand? ;)

NR

April 27th, 2010
10:46 pm

The ignorance and bigotry on this board is breathtaking.

Klaus Wuschmann

April 27th, 2010
10:51 pm

I lived in Germany for 6 years. The people there were very nice. They spoke English with me on some occasions, but expected me to speak German with them as well, since I lived there for so long. When I visited the government offices, no one spoke English, and all their official papers were in German without translation into English. They explained to me that I lived in Germany by choice, and if speaking German in an official setting upset me, then I could very easily leave and move to an English-speaking country.

Those bloody Germans. Man, are they backwards.

The Cynical White Boy

April 27th, 2010
11:02 pm

Nathan says he’ll get tough on illegla immigration.

Thurbert says he’ll refuse to sue anybody, anywhere, for any reason.

Obama runs to Ohio at the drop of every hat to promise another bailout for something or another.

Sonny sees to it that some good ol boys have nice new fishing boat ramps.

It’s the same old tune being played over and over, just a different verse to different audiences.

republican gal

April 27th, 2010
11:23 pm

About time someone started enforcing the immigration laws! Go Arizona and yea Nathan Deal!