Former Gov. Sonny Perdue continues to surprise many Republicans with his comments about Georgia’s new illegal immigration law.
“The problem is the message it sends about Georgia as a friendly place,” Perdue told Lori Geary of Channel 2 Action News in a report broadcast Wednesday:
The former governor signed a 2006 bill that prohibited the use of illegal immigrants on public construction projects – but the legislation didn’t include penalties for local governments.
“I thought that was enough. We sent some signals, we put some parameters around that,” Perdue said. “We tried to do it in a way that did not dissuade people who wanted to come here for the American dream for all the right reasons.”
Perdue said this about the burden that undocumented residents place on public schools and hospitals:
“I think that, to some degree, is overstated. I believe that when we did our Declaration and Pledge [of] Allegiance, I really believe we meant liberty and justice for