First protests against immigration bill have a Holy Week theme

The first major protests against illegal immigration legislation passed last week by the General Assembly will be a series of Holy Week “pilgrimages” across metro Atlanta, involving several Catholic churches.

A Monday march was to end this afternoon near the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department in Cumming. Special attention is being given to the “287(g)” counties of Hall, Gwinnett and Cobb, where law enforcement officials have been trained to run those arrested through federal databases to assess citizenship.

Tuesday’s march will begin in Lilburn and end in Duluth. Wednesday’s will begin on Buford Highway and end at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church on Briarcliff Road.

A Wednesday march in Cartersville will start at Douglas Street United Methodist Church and end at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. A Thursday march in Cobb will include a foot-washing service on the Marietta Square.

On Good Friday, marchers will begin at the state Capitol, and walk to the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial on Auburn Avenue.

An organizer, P.J. Edwards, said about 325 demonstrators participated in a similar effort last year.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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WWJD

April 18th, 2011
5:34 pm

Who Would Jesus Deport?

TrishaDishaWarEagle

April 18th, 2011
5:36 pm

Yawn.

I guess if they block traffic I will have to lay on the horn for an hour, but on the plus side, anyone arrested in cobb, Gwinnett, or Forsyth counties for blocking traffic, gets run thru the 287(g) program and can be deported if they are ilegales

TrishaDishaWarEagle

April 18th, 2011
5:41 pm

@wwjd

“Yo, bartender, Jobu needs a refill”

doc

April 18th, 2011
6:03 pm

Inspiring and appropriate. These people understand Jesus’s teachings than the Phareses in the state house. And appropriate timing. The politicans and companies that virually enslave these people seeking the american dream act like Pharoh. If only a modern Moses would appear to help. There is an incredible lack of empathy in the people here who seem to have naught better to do than complain about immigrants. If they were so concerned about laws they would be after every one that speeds, fudges on their taxes or litter.

Brenda

April 18th, 2011
6:27 pm

Would your skewed view of Jesus teaching allow for ANY borders at all?

Last Man Standing

April 18th, 2011
6:34 pm

It would appear that any illegal aliens participating would be best served if they did their walking toward the Mexican border. I guess they will just wait to be arrested and ride to the border.

The Anti-Gnostic

April 18th, 2011
6:36 pm

It’s the Jewish Passover, so these verses from Nehemiah 13 are probably appropriate too:

23 In those days I also saw Jews who had married women of Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab. 24 And half of their children spoke the language of Ashdod, and could not speak the language of Judah, but spoke according to the language of one or the other people.
25 So I contended with them and cursed them, struck some of them and pulled out their hair, and made them swear by God, saying, “You shall not give your daughters as wives to their sons, nor take their daughters for your sons or yourselves. 26 Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things? Yet among many nations there was no king like him, who was beloved of his God; and God made him king over all Israel. Nevertheless pagan women caused even him to sin. 27 Should we then hear of your doing all this great evil, transgressing against our God by marrying pagan women?”
28 And one of the sons of Joiada, the son of Eliashib the high priest, was a son-in-law of Sanballat the Horonite; therefore I drove him from me.
29 Remember them, O my God, because they have defiled the priesthood and the covenant of the priesthood and the Levites.
30 Thus I cleansed them of everything pagan. I also assigned duties to the priests and the Levites, each to his service, 31 and to bringing the wood offering and the firstfruits at appointed times.
Remember me, O my God, for good!

Last Man Standing

April 18th, 2011
6:39 pm

doc:

I assume that if a needy stranger walked into your house, you would allow him to take all your property? Your family might suffer but you would “empathize” with the plight of the intruder? If this intruder stole your identity and took over your job, that would be OK, too? The intruder only wants to better himself, and besides, your family will get used to being hungry after six or seven days, right?

Robert

April 18th, 2011
6:40 pm

Just follow the money folks. The chicken farmers and construction business need cheep labor that can be easily exploited. The churches (the catholic church in particular) need the money from the same poor people. They want keep the status quo and claim that it’s for religious reasons, it doesn’t matter how many people die from being stuffed in the back of vans or from trying to cross the desert.

John

April 18th, 2011
6:42 pm

If you want the illegals legalized by an action of law, put your energies into that movement. It is unfair to say those of us who believe in the rule of law are at fault. We are not, nor are we racist.

Last Man Standing

April 18th, 2011
6:46 pm

doc:

“people here who seem to have naught better to do than complain about immigrants”

I just realized what you problem is, and it is reading comprehension! We are discussing illegal immigrants, not “immigrants”.

I’m glad I could clear that up for you!

Last Man Standing

April 18th, 2011
6:48 pm

Robert:
John:

Good points . . .

Will the last Democrat in Georgia please turn off the lights.....

April 18th, 2011
6:59 pm

I’ve noticed that many of the parties involved seem to be strangely quiet in the aftermath of the passing of the immigration reform bill by the Georgia Legislature. There seems to be no concerted effort on the part of the legislature or even the local media to play this thing up to anywhere near the level that was done after the passing of the Arizona immigration bill last year.

TRUTH

April 18th, 2011
7:03 pm

Robert & John offer very valid points. Instead of attacking the “illegal alien” who is only trying to make a living frm a country that is truly opressed, why not view it as an opportunity to allow them to work their way into citizenry? You charge those chicken plants and construction companies, et al., for the individual on their payroll/employ. The employer (imagine that?) is accessed a substantial fine and the “employee” is allowed to continue to work as he AND the employer can pay the assessment of a pre-determined value. The problem here is teeth to the law. As long as we only talk about it and direct it at the “illegal immigrant” things will not change. They will still be in front of the Home Depot, in the back of restaurants, in the hotels, and creating their own “underground” economy. You go after the employers.

Unreal

April 18th, 2011
7:04 pm

John – Look up what Sen. Unterman said in her speech on the last day of the Assembly. She talked about how her county (Gwinnett) went from only having one black person in her high school to a diverse county now. And how she can tell while she’s driving around that there aren’t as many foreigners around because of 287g. How can you tell someone is a foreigner by just how they look?

Racial profiling.

Unreal

April 18th, 2011
7:07 pm

Truth – I’m all for comprehensive immigration reform on the national level that allows people to work their way into citizenry. Undocumented workers register, they get taxed, employers get taxed, and after x years (5-10ish) they can take the US Citizenship test and become naturalized.

TXmx11

April 18th, 2011
7:18 pm

now first they want to send illegals back to their country because they steal jobs that americans need, if thats the case can somebody tell me why they talk about a guest worker program like the one in utah? I guess the reallity is americans dont want those jobs after all

eatmotacos

April 18th, 2011
7:38 pm

The Catholic church has been in a serious decline in the US since the 60’s – the routine shielding of child molesting priest accelerated it. Their coffers were almost empty when the illegal alien invasion began. They immediately saw this financial gift and jumped on it with both feet. They have been instrumental in ecouraging and aiding illegal immigrants on their journey to the US, setting up shelters along the way. They are also aligned with chicken pluckers, et al., and other factions who profit from the invasion. One of the rug mills in Dalton donated a million dollars to build a new Catholic church as part of Dalotn’s highly successful illegal alien recruiting campaign.

The Catholic Church has invested heavily in organizing and training the protesters, and have put together an extensive website for that purpose. The following is from their “justiceforimmigrants.org”
website, giving pointers on how to behave on TV.

“If you are appearing on a television program, don’t dress too “flashy;” it will distract the viewer from your message. Stripes, checks, and whites are no good on TV. Men and women should where solid colors and dark business suits. Women should not wear dangling jewelry. Don’t fidget on camera. If you’re seated at a table or desk, don’t play with any papers, pens or pencils; the camera reveals all, and it makes you appear nervous. Even if you are nervous, you must appear calm and collected. As sume microphones are on at all times. Assume you are on camera and “on mic” until they tell you that you aren’t!”

TXmx11

April 18th, 2011
8:18 pm

Trisha dont let them think about a guest worker program fill out your application to work on the onion fields come on hurry before somebody else takes the job first last man standing can ride with you

Centrist

April 18th, 2011
8:21 pm

Stuck pigs squeal.

Here is a good reason that Georgia is tightening ILLEGAL immigration policies: “Study: 70% of Texas’ illegal immigrant families receive welfare”

http://mobile.chron.com/chron/db_40686/contentdetail.htm;jsessionid=624D77D92BD476EF3236EADD0E703AF2?contentguid=0bZs3f2r&src=cat&full=true#display

abusedcitizen

April 18th, 2011
8:32 pm

WWJD, Please remind me of the chapter and verse where Jesus said, “What Israel really needs is more Romans to do the scourging and crucifying that Jews just won’t do”.

td

April 18th, 2011
8:33 pm

I hope they jay walk in one of these 287(g) counties so that the police can start the deportation process.

eatmotacos

April 18th, 2011
8:36 pm

@Txmx
I think most Georgian’s would rather see the onions rot in the fields than be picked by illegal aliens. If they can’t afford to harvest onions in Georgia within the law, they need to shut down their operations or in a law abiding environment, go to jail.

Pete

April 18th, 2011
8:46 pm

You know, as an American citizen who has personal friends from the UK who went through the proper channels to get here legally, strove to integrate themselves into the American culture, worked and slaved through the bureaucracy and truly embraced the American ideals, and wound up getting deported because of said bureaucracy and problems with employment after their Visas expired, I find it crass and selfish for those who have come to this country illegally, circumvented the laws and cut in line essentially, to protest our nation, government, and society for seeking to address the border issue and strengthen our immigration system to dissuade the breaking of laws.

I have no racial prejudice, I know illegal aliens are at heart good people seeking to better themselves and their families, but I also know that this is a nation of laws, and those breaking the law and demanding satisfaction after the fact should not be shown sympathy. At the very least, seek assistance in gaining legal citizenship. Don’t attack a system for trying to reinforce its stability in an economic recession that points its finger at you and says: “You broke the law, you’re not a legal citizen, and therefore you should not get the benefits that legal citizens have.”

And to those invoking Scripture demanding amnesty for illegal aliens, consider this: “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s”. Christianity was not set up to rebel against established authority, but to operate within the parameters of it.

Religion has no place in politics.

eatmotacos

April 18th, 2011
8:51 pm

TXmx11

April 18th, 2011
9:02 pm

Study? you probably got that information from lou dobbs lol

DHM

April 18th, 2011
9:08 pm

Send everyone back to Mexico? Seriously? Wow, does anyone actually realize the businesses that will be jeopardized due to this bill? Sure, many Latin Americans reside in the United States illegally. But the U.S. Government “we” turned our heads for about 20 years. Sure lets shut down multiple different industries do to the fact we turned our heads, and now we want to change our minds. BULLS#@T!!! Actually that’s a great idea shut down many service driven industries, we cannot withstand the loss of having to shut down, re-hire, and re-train. Wow here is a novel idea, stop trying to figure out who used steroids in baseball, and try to figure out how to fix immigrations drain on the economy. We all already knew Barry Bonds, Roger Clemmons, Mark McGuire, Sammy Sosa, etc., etc. all cheated. Hank Aaron is THE HOMERUN KING no question about it!! What do you think would have happened if say the Native Americans had kicked our collective asses and sent us back to Europe? How about if Jefferson Davis had taken Abraham Lincoln up on his offer to send all of the Africans, who unfortunately were slaves, back to Africa. Wait don’t stop there!! All of the Asian people obviously are not Native American or European. Let’s just ship them out also!! I hope I have made my point. Once again, another novel idea lets ship out our entire government, resurrect the founding fathers, and start over from scratch. That would be the best deal!!!

double

April 18th, 2011
9:14 pm

Better hope you don’t see an insurrection in Mexico.Then your illegal alien, and immigrant will become a refugee tsunami.Then what you going to do?Shoot women,children?Deny them access.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

April 18th, 2011
9:20 pm

Is that the pathetic a** debating tactic of the left now? Don’t come back with stats showing illegal immigrants add more than they take (those studies don;t exist because the facts are irrefutably otherwise), just make lame a** comments about the facts posted by others. I am discusted by you liberal appologists for the illegal horde. Liberals and illegals can both up and go to hell.. and to quote andrew breitbart from yesterday, “I mean it..go to hell..”

eatmotacos

April 18th, 2011
9:20 pm

@Pete

” I find it crass and selfish for those who have come to this country illegally, circumvented the laws and cut in line essentially, to protest our nation, government, and society….. ”

These dog and pony shows are a sham. The average illegal alien, who has a fifth grade education, is incapable of organizing any of these events. Parties who stand to gain financially, orchestrate them to perpetuate their own agendas. The illegals, who are clueless, to the horror of their handlers, invariably improvise, by waving their Mexican flags, flashing gang signs, and generally expressing their defiance for Americans.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

April 18th, 2011
9:21 pm

@Double

yes , If necessary.

spartacus

April 18th, 2011
9:31 pm

I say rather than deport them again and again, the offenders that have been caught multiple times, and deported are allowed to fight for their citizenship and freedom in America in the coliseum! The gamble life and blood for citizenship! Aren’t we doing the same letting gang members run unchecked in our communities?

viva americano

April 18th, 2011
9:31 pm

Matthew 25:40

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, In as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

ga4

April 18th, 2011
9:35 pm

Another problem here is every dumb a** that wants all this inmigrants to go back to mexico, do you know that not all of them are from mexico we got inmigrants from different countries and yet you always focus on mexicans, didnt you see what happened in california with the chinesse and you think police is gonna stop an asian person and ask for legal papers, of course not

viva americano

April 18th, 2011
9:40 pm

mi casa su casa
mi country su country
I heart my undocumented compadres

Jeff J

April 18th, 2011
9:41 pm

quote: ” The politicans and companies that virually enslave these people seeking the american dream act like Pharoh. If only a modern Moses would appear to help”

So, would this modern Moses free his people by parting the Rio Grande, so they could walk back to the paradise of their own country?

Tree Killer

April 18th, 2011
9:41 pm

TrishaDishaWarEagle, I would love to deport you back to Alabama where you belong.

James

April 18th, 2011
9:42 pm

Trisha God how hateful and unfeeling can you be?
I bet you were one of those Christians with a hose
in Montgomery and Birmingham.

GAborn

April 18th, 2011
9:42 pm

Trishadisha
That only shows that you are an ignorant person and pretty much less educated than most of those inmigrants, and you know what dont worry about an inmigration reform they already applied for political assylum ….. Lmao

td

April 18th, 2011
9:44 pm

ga4

April 18th, 2011
9:35 pm

Mexicans are just the highest proportions. I expect our law enforcement to ask about any nationality and take appropriate action.

James

April 18th, 2011
9:46 pm

So, td where did your family come from?
Just curious.

Obamanure

April 18th, 2011
9:47 pm

Does this mean that Illegal Aliens are those nasty Evangelical Christians the liberals love to hate?

DHM

April 18th, 2011
9:47 pm

TrishaDishaWarEagle, WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!!!,

I am a chef, a majority of my kitchen is of latin decent. I have had just about every nationality work for me in my 16 years of the restaurant industry. If I were to open a new restaurant, There is NO doubt in my mind I would only hire latinos if possible. They work harder than anyone else!! Sorry but that is just the truth. The service industries that are flooded with Latinos are the ones in which are very busy and labor intensive. The reason for this is not because they are lazy, steal, gang members, ect. We all need to look in the mirror. War Eagle

Olderandwiser49

April 18th, 2011
9:48 pm

@eatmotacos

You’re absolutely right, which is what makes this whole issue so laughable, were it not so pathetic. The Liberals literally preach (see all the religious remarks herein) to we Conservatives about how heartless we are toward the illegal alien population. What we are trying to do is support our nation’s Constitution, and stop illegals from bilking and milking taxpayers of huge amounts of money. We are not abusing these people. We simply expect them to obey our laws, including our laws of immigration. It is the Liberals who are abusing the illegal aliens, using them to promote their own agendas. Libs know most of these individuals are comparatively uneducated, so they lead them around and make spectacles of them to try to validate the continued spending of Dems and our current Administration. Libs don’t care if illegals cost this country $113B per year. That is but a fraction of what was wasted by their prolific spending over the past two years. Putting these illegals out there takes the heat off the Libs, much like Romans fed Christians to the lions to appease the people, thereby taking the focus off their own agendas. If the Libs, like some in this discussion, would step down from the Mount long enough, they would see the benefit of removing the illegals, and them working out some type of WELL-MONITORED temporary jobs program for SOME of them, but not for their spouses, grandparents, children, stepchildren, and good friends, all at taxpayers expense. They already send their money back to Mexico as it is, so let them send it to their families in Mexico. Meanwhile, they can start working on becoming LEGAL immigrants, sponsored by their employers. With the Libs holier-than-thou rhetoric bombarding us at every turn, however, this whole issue is going to result in some serious conflict. The Libs/Illegals relationship is no different than the Unions/Members relationship. Libs, like Unions, care nothing about the people they are allegedly fighting for, but rather, they simply care about what they (Libs or Unions) can gain. They need to stop blaming Conservatives for a fight the Left started.

James

April 18th, 2011
9:51 pm

If you’re not an evangelical christian, you have no value!
think not? Just ask them and they will tell you.
I know this is true, because I grew up with them all around me.
Truly disgusting, and not christ like at all!!!!

td

April 18th, 2011
9:52 pm

James

April 18th, 2011
9:46 pm
So, td where did your family come from?
Just curious.

England as indentured servants in the early 1700’s.

td

April 18th, 2011
9:53 pm

td

April 18th, 2011
9:52 pm
James

April 18th, 2011
9:46 pm
So, td where did your family come from?
Just curious.

England as indentured servants in the early 1700’s

BTW: My wife came from Vietnam 30 years ago as a legal immigrant and feels more strongly about this subject than I do.

DHM

April 18th, 2011
9:55 pm

P.S.
I am the furthest from an “Obama” fan!! I am a Reagan, Bush, Bush JR., and Huge Bob Dole fan!! TRUMP IN 2012!!

eatmotacos

April 18th, 2011
9:58 pm

@ Double and Trish

You don’t need to worry; the European Mexicans, who make up a third of the populaton and possess most of the wealth, have it all under control, and aren’t going anywhere.

What they are doing would be equivalent to this country sending the lowest socioeconmic segment of our population to Mexico, as an alternative to providing them with any kind of support. And as a bonus, grow our economy by stealing their citizen’s assets and sending them back to this country.