Your morning jolt: Lawsuit to argue that new immigration law will criminalize acts of kindness

The legal war over Georgia’s new illegal immigration law begins today.

The lawsuit by the ACLU and other civil rights groups will be released this afternoon, but a few details are already leaking out:

– Much of the draft is the work of Keegan Federal, the former DeKalb County Superior Court judge;

– One of the main components is the allegation that the law will result in racial profiling, which should surprise no one. The filing will include this line: “All Georgians, and particularly those of color, will be compelled to carry additional paperwork on them prescribed by the State of Georgia at all times.”

– The lawsuit alleges that, even though the new law doesn’t go into effect until July 1, individuals are already being stopped by law enforcement officials, based on their appearance and ability to speak English.

– The suit will also focus on the new law’s ban on transporting or harboring illegal immigrants, arguing that the statute will expose legal residents of Georgia to criminal prosecution for acts of kindness.

In addition to the civil rights organizations, parties to the suit will include aTeamster official who says he regularly transports undocumented students, offers rides to undocumented day laborers to and from work sites, and drives undocumented individuals to church in his union-issued, 12-passenger van.

Then there’s the retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, now the leader of a multi-denominational group that serves 100 families, including illegal immigrants, offering English language classes, food coupons and direct aid.

Meanwhile, Georgia Public Broadcasting has this:

With a month to go before Georgia’s new immigration law goes into effect, training is underway for police officers, sheriff’s deputies, and others on its details.

An annual workshop on law enforcement issues brought together more than 70 people Wednesday on the campus of Columbus State University.

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It doesn’t look like a heart attack will keep state Rep. David Lucas, D-Macon, out of a race to replace state Sen. Robert Brown. He was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday, according to Macon Telegraph:

[Lucas] went to the hospital Sunday evening after suffering symptoms of heat exhaustion at the Soul Jam Fest at Henderson Stadium.

Doctors discovered he was having a heart attack when they examined him.

[His wife] Elaine Lucas said doctors performed surgery, removing two blockages and putting in two stents during the procedure.

She said Lucas has been told by doctors to rest.
He’s also been told to get more exercise and change his eating habits, she said….

Elaine Lucas said her husband plans on returning to the campaign trail next week.

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Many Republicans have speculated that President Barack Obama’s call for Israel to accept its 1967 borders as a rough starting point for peace negotiations with Palestinians will send Jewish voters in the U.S. rushing into the arms of the GOP.

This morning, Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia offers a concise refutation. From his Crystal Ball:

First, similar concerns voiced by political opponents about Obama’s support for Israel had little impact on Jewish voters in 2008; second, Jewish loyalty to the Democratic Party appears to be based primarily on the liberal views of most Jewish voters on domestic policy issues, especially on social issues; and third, the influence of religious conservatives and Tea Party supporters on the Republican Party remains a major obstacle to the GOP in attracting support from Jewish voters.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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187 comments Add your comment

Last Man Standing

June 2nd, 2011
9:51 am

Still using the term “undocumented immigrants”? The use of that term may be politically correct, but these people are still ILLEGAL ALIENS!

Aquagirl

June 2nd, 2011
9:58 am

That nun is toast. Everyone knows Jesus is a Republican.

Douglas

June 2nd, 2011
10:00 am

Judge Federal (how apt!) allegedly writes “All Georgians, and particularly those of color, will be compelled to carry additional paperwork on them prescribed by the State of Georgia at all times.”

Uh… aren’t we all some color or other? I have yet to encounter a “clear” Georgian. There are some, of course, that one can see clear through, but that’s a different metric. So, therefore, if ALL Georgians are required to carry this “paperwork” how do you make the case that this is racial profiling?

My attitude has always been that we are all of one “race,” that being the “human race.” Skin tone is just a matter of shading, not race. Of course, I could be wrong…

Alek

June 2nd, 2011
10:06 am

Well, if these “acts of kindness” are contributing to causing damage to the health of our communities and economy by fostering ILLEGAL immigration, then 1) maybe they’re not really “kindness” to the common good, and 2) how cares if it is a nun, truck driver, or employer. ALL are assisting in damaging this country!

Jason

June 2nd, 2011
10:06 am

Jewish American != Israeli. Republicans have been dreaming for decades of capturing the Jewish vote in the US by sucking up to Israel and it hasn’t worked. There’s something about the Republicans autocratic nature that most Jewish people don’t find appealing. Until that changes, they can dump the entire US Treasury on Israel and it won’t significantly change Jewish voting patterns here.

Contractor

June 2nd, 2011
10:08 am

I know a woman that is married to an illegal, and married him knowing full well what she was doing. Here is the kicker… his family is also here illegally and has been for years. They run a mechanics shop here in Marietta, and obtain licenses by getting fake ID’s and submitting false information to receive them. ALSO, the initial husbands sister has had three kids here in Georgia and has not paid one cent for having those children. My wife and I have paid over $4,000 with insurance helping some on our daughter born last year. Does that seem fair to any of y’all? Safe to say this family with be targeted for deportation from me once these news laws go into affect, and the girl that works with my wife will be justified as well. And icing on the cake is that the woman admits that her husband drives around with no license and insurance, so debate that all you want.

Jack

June 2nd, 2011
10:10 am

We are loosing focus on the situation, the whole issue here is ” if you are brown you will be pull over” people that address latin people as ILLEGAL ALIENS are very ignorant to assumed that being of color defines your legal status.

David H

June 2nd, 2011
10:11 am

“Being an illegal immigrant is NOT a crime!” A liberal air-head Member of Congress from Florida has even said so, and she should know. (Jewish, I’m afraid to say, by the way). Anyway, this person-of white (i.e., me) carries a legal ID on him at all times, because I don’t want to get in trouble with the law. It is called a valid Georgia State Driving license. And guess what? I also possess a US Government issued passport! And I can produce a New York State Birth Certificate, given 24hours warning! Pathetic whiners every one of them!

Douglas

June 2nd, 2011
10:11 am

@Aquagirl – Jesus a Republican? Expalain please then the tipping over of the tables of the money-changers? That’s sounds mighty left-wing to me! And just GIVING out wine and bread to the crowd? And healing the sick at no charge? And not insisting that He’s right but showing folks the right path by example? these actions are NOT a hallmark of the Republican ethos! (Equal time: the Dems go too far the other way.)

luangtom

June 2nd, 2011
10:11 am

I truly wonder what world people that are filing lawsuits live in? Have any of them traveled overseas on their own and seen what other countries do with the influx of people? They check papers. Each and every time I have traveled overseas, I have been asked on the streets by the police to prove I am there legally. It is not just at immigration upoin arrival, it is on the streets in tourist areas and in areas where tourists do not frequent. Other countries check papers. Why is it hard to grasp that we need to here, too? Our sovereignty and our status in the world is not going to be degraded due to asking for proof of identity and legality of the people entering our country. Most all countries of the world require per their immigration laws that non-citizens carry valid proof of identity at all times.

Rich Smoker

June 2nd, 2011
10:11 am

I think the nun should focus her time on the epidemic of priests molesting children. Or, she can just be apathetic about the whole issue, much like the rest of the Catholic church. Bunch of perverts.

Contractor

June 2nd, 2011
10:14 am

Jack,

Ignorance is always followed up by some kind of experience. If Latin people would have done the right thing initially and not taken advantage of the system, America, and its citizens, there wouldn’t be a problem. There would be no situation if our country wasn’t being drained by this situation and the people taking full advantage of it without giving anything in return. And I have no problem carrying around another form of ID if it solves this problem. Make whites, blacks, Mexicans, Europeans, Australians, red, blue, and pink people all carry them if fairness is the issue.

BigJake

June 2nd, 2011
10:15 am

I agree on the color issue, we are all different shades of brown. Our coloration is determined by where our ancestors, for the most part, were raised, as well as our parent’s coloration. As far as “acts of kindness” are concerned, to my knowledge, it has always been illegal to harbor fugitives from the law, whether those fugitives are illegal aliens or convicted/suspected felons. There is a legal and structured path to becoming a U.S. citizen, and whomever was responsible in the 1960’s for formulating the “anchor babies” law, attaching citizenship simply because you are born here, should be taken out to the woodshed. What a waste of resources! I understand the desire to be here – it’s a great place to live and raise a family – but there are rules and regulations for this process, and thousands of immigrants each year labor through the process just to be here legally. What this must seem to them must be so confusing and frustrating. I have no problem with profiling based on visual and verbal interaction to determine someone’s legal status. We do not need more laws, we simply need better enforcement of existing laws to keep the system working the way it should.

Douglas

June 2nd, 2011
10:15 am

Jack, I think you are dead on (IF I understand you correctly). It’s not about color, or ethnicity. It’s about LEGALITY. You came here legally? Fantastic, welcome! You came here illegally? Sorry pal, but you are outta here. What part of ILLEGAL don’t these people get? I think some folks need a refresher in Civics 101.

RealTalk

June 2nd, 2011
10:15 am

Secure the Border. Come here legally like everyone else. We do need temporary workers for our businesses, but they need to pay taxes like everyone else. Violent Criminals need to be deported.

Howard

June 2nd, 2011
10:16 am

Want further proof this country is down the toilet??? Just read this article and the ACLU lawsuit. The USA is being governed by Barack Obama and his Insane Clown Posse. Oh and why have a legislature anywhere?? The will of the people and its representatives will be usurped by some judge or court or lawsuit. We are a nation truly gone mad. And as for the Jews voting?? Remember, Jews are liberals first and Jews second. Obama could destroy Israel tomorrow and these people would still vote Democratic.

Pelican Brief

June 2nd, 2011
10:17 am

@Aquagirl..Everyone knows Jesus is a republican…Is Hector also a republican?? Oh, you meant Jesus Christ…

truth

June 2nd, 2011
10:17 am

There is a road block on Buford Highway…. hmmmm why dont cops put a road block in midtown, buckhead?

DTA

June 2nd, 2011
10:18 am

Vidalia onions are planted in the fall and are harvested in May and June by workers following a tractor-pulled harrow that cuts the onions from the roots and loosens the ground. Workers pull the onions out of the ground, clip the stems and the roots, and then put them in 50-pound burlap bags.

I wonder how many Republicans are ging to line up to pick all those yummy Vidallia onions this year… seems like those farmers could use the help.

C from Marietta

June 2nd, 2011
10:19 am

@Douglas,

Jesus did not participate in politics. In the Bible it states Jesus was “above poltics”. He was NOT a liberal or conservative.

James

June 2nd, 2011
10:20 am

Bye Bye illegals… run on out to Missouri or
where ever but we are tired of your free loading
in our schools, hospitals, etc in Georgia…
ACLU isn’t going to win this one… See Arizona
law on E-Verify which will hold up in Georgia as
well.

yuzeyurbrane

June 2nd, 2011
10:21 am

Re the Jewish vote, while Republicans are unlikely to fare better with their overall Jewish vote %, they will continue to get big bucks contributions from wealthier Jews like Bernie Marcus, many of whom have become Republicans. That alone probably makes the pandering worthwhile to the Republicans.

luangtom

June 2nd, 2011
10:22 am

I do believe that the majority of writers on this forum and US citizens in general do not have a problem with a “guest-worker” program for agricultural or service-industry workers. Get here legally, that is the problem most Americans have with the influx of foreign nationals. Get here legal, no problem.

It is a drain on our government services. Governor Deal and the State of GA quoted some numbers that I find startling….$2-billion annually in GA to educate, give medical care and incarcerate illegal immigrants. Get here legally and US citizens will not be angry about the monies spent on illegals. If the law is wrong, garner enough votes to get it changed. That is the process in America.

Goobers

June 2nd, 2011
10:24 am

GOOD MORNING GOOBERS!

Here is an idea: For the new Jawja car tags Goobernor Nathan (dont call me ‘Shady’) Deal can offer a design with a small pic of a few Hispanics trudging West and the motto “No, Not One”.

Side note… that wonderful Dikkksie weather went from cold and wet and nasty to “horrible sauna with dangerous storms” in a hurry. Got A/C?

Jack

June 2nd, 2011
10:24 am

Douglas, I guess you right. If you are white you wont be pull over, if you are brown you will. Seems like has to do something with color to me. Maybe instead of civics 101 you should consider common sense classes.

Sick of Republicans

June 2nd, 2011
10:25 am

Contractor you got it right. Illegals galore in this complex I live in. Laugh about them babies they pop out every nine months to a year not costing them a dime in medical or hospital bills; come out of the hospital already signed up for WIC vouchers, not having to show any documentation. Go in Kroger at Embry Hills on Chamblee Tucker Road on any given Monday morning and you see them in line with five and six kids under six, spending their WIC vouchers for the week. They get their formula free cause remember the newborn already has vouchers too. With all they can get with those vouchers, the whole family is eating it and drinking the milk, you can bet on that. And the most a Senior citizen living alone who worked all their life and paid taxes can get in food stamps is $19 and most don’t get that much. One of the illegals had the nerve to tell me “you need to go back where you came from.” My reply – I came from right here in the USA, born and raised here, and paid taxes for over 50 years so I think I’m where I belong but you sure aren’t. Another one who has two kids in middle school who speak English had them tell me that I needed to learn Spanish so I could converse with her – I told them to tell her – no you need to learn English so you can converse with me. Maybe this new law will get them back to where they came from.

Please

June 2nd, 2011
10:26 am

I KNEW that when they (racist Georgians) were talking about illegal immigrants that they were ONLY speaking of those of color! First of all there are a LOT OF WHITE people that are illegal immigrants running around in this country! THEY NEED TO BE CHECKED OUT!!! That is so wrong!

Babs

June 2nd, 2011
10:26 am

@Last Man Standing, correct, they’re ILLEGAL aliens, not undocumented immigrants. I get so sick and tired of hearing the MSM call them that instead of what they are. We can raise hell all we want, but you can blame our Federal gov’t.for not addressing the issue and handling it. Another one that just kills me is a “person of interest” in a criminal case. Can we still say SUSPECT? The MSM has the grand ability to dress up less-than-flattering terms that describe less-than-flattering individuals.

DTA

June 2nd, 2011
10:27 am

Hey James:

Most arguments against illegal immigration begin with the premise that the undocumented don’t pay income taxes, and that they therefore take more in services than they contribute. However, IRS estimates that about 6 million unauthorized immigrants file individual income tax returns each year. Research reviewed by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office indicates that between 50 percent and 75 percent of unauthorized immigrants pay federal, state, and local taxes. Illegal immigrants are estimated to pay in about $7 billion per year into Social Security. (Wikipedia)

When you look at corporate America and realize that those corporations that influence and own our elected officials pay little if any taxes and receive massive subsidies… seems to me that you are mad at the wrong people. Of course the corporations have no skin tone… so that may explain your hostility.

FedUp

June 2nd, 2011
10:27 am

The ACLU and most civil rights groups are always going to try to turn everything into a racial issue. It is true that most “legals” (black or white) had rather sit at home drawing off of the rest of us than work in a stinky chicken processing plant or such. The problems that I do have with illegals of any “race” is that if you are going to live here in America, you need to pay taxes like everyone else. You also need to be totally responsible for paying for your healthcare if you use American hospitals, clinics, physicians, etc. No free rides or draining our state Medicaid programs for you and your kids. Just saying-you work, you pay your way.

truth

June 2nd, 2011
10:27 am

You will NEVER see a Mexican/Latino BEGGING FOR A HANDOUT. They are always looking to work and earn their money.

INN (Illegal News Network)

June 2nd, 2011
10:28 am

LAWRENCEVILLE — Lawrenceville resident Zeljko Zekic, 48, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to lying to federal immigration officials about his place of residence and employment during the Bosnian War of 1992 to 1995.

Specifically, Zekic claimed on his immigration paperwork that he was unemployed and living in the Serbian Republic when in fact he was living in a Serbian-controlled town inside Bosnia and was an active-duty member of the Serbian paramilitary police during the period of armed conflict, according to a news release.

“This man, who was part of the paramilitary apparatus controlled by recently captured war criminal Ratko Mladic, twice misled federal immigration officials into believing that he was only a refugee of the struggles that tore Bosnia and Herzegovina apart, rather than a member of the group that has been identified as a very substantial part of that war,” U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said.

Zekic and his family applied for refugee access to the United States in 2002. Partly on the basis of the fraudulent forms, the family’s application was approved, and Zekic moved to the United States, eventually settling in Lawrenceville, the news release states. Zekic ultimately received a green card and is now a permanent resident alien.

Subsequent research by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Unit revealed that Zekic had lied about his job and his residence during the Bosnian War.

At the time Zekic applied for refugee status, all adult male Serbs who had lived in Bosnia at the time of Bosnian War were subject to additional questioning concerning any possible connection to Republic of Serbia Army units that committed war-time atrocities in Srebrenica and elsewhere, the news release states.

Douglas

June 2nd, 2011
10:28 am

C from Marietta — thanks. You made my point for me more concisely that I did. I’m one of those folks who use 40 words when ten will do.

Liberal Crapola

June 2nd, 2011
10:29 am

“You will NEVER see a Mexican/Latino BEGGING FOR A HANDOUT. They are always looking to work and earn their money.”

Half true. They work hard but for slave wages that liberals like. The handouts come in the way of Peachcare, foodstamps, welfare, Medicaid, free US public eucation with a side of ESOL, etc. The list could go on and on on the FREEBIES that illegals get off the backs of the American and GA taxpayers.

Illegals TAKE far more than they will ever contibute to our economy and the well being of this country. Breaking laws doesn’t look too good on a citizenship application, now does it.

Pelican Brief

June 2nd, 2011
10:29 am

@luangtom – you make a good point, but I do not see many americans white or black in line to work in these agricultural or service industry positions especially on the farms where veggies and other fruits needs to be harvested. Why not have a illegal seasonal workers program initiated by the states which needs that type of labor?

[...] Galloway has the details but here’s a bit of the lawsuit per his article: – One of the main components is the allegation that the law will result in racial profiling, which should surprise no one. The filing will include this line: “All Georgians, and particularly those of color, will be compelled to carry additional paperwork on them prescribed by the State of Georgia at all times.” [...]

You gots sum splainin to do

June 2nd, 2011
10:31 am

Uhhhh….I just read that you MUST show ID to pick up your Peachtree Road Race number at the Expo. Seems pretty racist to me since most of the runners will be white breads…..

td

June 2nd, 2011
10:31 am

What is a teamster doing transporting illegals? They are taking union jobs by working for less than union wages and not receiving union benefits. The union should revoke his membership.

RedNeck Rick

June 2nd, 2011
10:31 am

I love the smell of racism in the morning.

DWB

June 2nd, 2011
10:32 am

Driving While Black! Policemen all over this country are constantly pulling over African-American drivers just because they are black! Look at what happened to Dunn (ATL Falcons player)…he was pulled over very recently because he is black! He was told that he ‘fit’ the profile of a ‘drug dealer’…then he was harrassed by the APD and asked all types of personal questions! Please! Give me a break! That’s the only reason why they are coming up with this law so that their racist officers will have yet another documented excuse to pull over an African-American driver in a nice car! Racist-pure racist!

Linda Borchers

June 2nd, 2011
10:32 am

When I read the article and the comments,my thought was how cheaply we as a nation hold our citizenship. Most of the illegals do not read or speakour language–an underbelly of 3rd world. They use our infrasturcture,medical facilities,schools. I don’t owe them anything. And to think they just walk across the border for all this.

td

June 2nd, 2011
10:36 am

DTA

June 2nd, 2011
10:18 am

“I wonder how many Republicans are ging to line up to pick all those yummy Vidallia onions this year”

That is the job of a bunch of uneducated Democrats. All we have to do is cut off their welfare and they would get off their butts and pick some veggies.

Yankee Yolanda

June 2nd, 2011
10:37 am

“I love the smell of racism in the morning.”

I guess the MAJORITY OF AMERICANS are racist rednecks! The majorrity of folks that currently reside in GA are not native Southerners, so what does that tell you?

PS – the word racism has no meaning due to liberal agenda. Thanks to liberal, hate words have lost their luster!

Living by Example

June 2nd, 2011
10:39 am

ACTS OF KINDNESS ILLEGAL?

As a higher education professional who works directly with students, some undocumented, I will proudly transport students as they further their educational pursuits if needed. Laws may come and go, but I will always err on the side of human dignity. These “aliens” are people with names and dreams. These students have given me an opportunity to see exactly what the American dream means. If everyone took their education as seriously as these students do we would have a very different higher education system in the state of Georgia.

Not only would I be happy to be given a ticket for this, or even arrested, I would frame the documentation to give to my niece and nephew as proof that I tried to make a difference.

People are showing their ignorance by not examining all sides of this issue. Do I have the answers to the problem? Not at all. But I’m willing to educate myself and to treat people from all walks of life as I would want my family to be treated. I challenge anyone to sit and have at least one conversation with a person who is undocumented. After hearing their story if you can then tell them to their face that they are an illegal alien and should be shipped out of the country, you have no compassion for others. I’m just glad I don’t have to live or behave with that type of fear and hatred.

truth

June 2nd, 2011
10:40 am

Where was the outrage in the late 90s and early 2000s??

oh yeah people didnt care because they were helping this country grow. After the Reps ruined this country, they are the scapegoat

Aquagirl

June 2nd, 2011
10:42 am

Douglas,
sar·casm [sahr-kaz-uhm]: –noun
1.harsh or bitter derision or irony.
2.a sharply ironical taunt; sneering or cutting remark: a review full of sarcasms.

super speeder

June 2nd, 2011
10:43 am

I just broke the law yesterday and got a super speeder ticket. Was told the fine of almost $800 and no getting out of it will teach me my lesson for not paying attention to the speed limit drops. As an American citizen I will pay the price for breaking the law. That’s the way things should work.

If an illegal breaks this law, does he/she have to pay the same fine of do they just get sent home. I am fine with them not paying the fine as long as they are sent back home. The justice in that situation will be just fine with me!

RGB

June 2nd, 2011
10:46 am

Leave it to the good-hearted ACLU and leftists everywhere to look out for that unassuming benevolent Catholic nun who “”is guided by the Christian principle of welcoming the stranger in our midst.”

Gee, isn’t that a violation of church and state? : )

I love it when their twisted logic boomerangs and hits them in the backside (cerebrum).

LOL

June 2nd, 2011
10:46 am

“I KNEW that when they (racist Georgians) were talking about illegal immigrants that they were ONLY speaking of those of color! First of all there are a LOT OF WHITE people that are illegal immigrants running around in this country! THEY NEED TO BE CHECKED OUT!!! That is so wrong!”

OK, anytime any place. Anyone here legally has nothing to worry about, so I’m cool with that. And for those of you complaining about “who’s gonna pick the vegetables” and what not, here’s an idea, maybe the farmers can actually pay a living wage and get legal workers to work on their farms, instead of scamming illegal immigrants into working on the farms basically like slaves. Slavery was abolished in the 1800’s, yet its still running rampant on farms across this country.

Dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels

June 2nd, 2011
10:47 am

We must prosecute the sympathizers who harbor or aid in any way the illegal ones among us who are destroying society for us, the Godly Chosen of America