I am a proud immigrant. This means I came to this country legally. I am sickened to watch the Cobb Commissioners, who have gone back on their word to put the IMAGE program in place for the contractors who do work for Cobb County.
It needs to be pointed out that far-left people like Rich Pellegrino who say “we welcome all immigrants regardless of documentation” are not only an insult to people like me who took care to obey the law but are also no different than the lofty business people who are acting against passage of the IMAGE ordinance. The business lobby wants to present themselves as patriotic conservatives who we see in the glossy community magazine in their tuxedos alongside the same politicians who have reversed themselves on voting for IMAGE.
People like Pellegrino are saying that we should not protect legal workers now because congress may repeat the amnesty of 1986 and make all the illegals into legal workers. The (Cobb Commissioners) Tim Lees, Lisa Cupids and Helen Gorehams of the world quietly hope that argument will work in stopping IMAGE for contractors.
What must be said is that even if the amnesty were to pass, the result would be the same as 1986. Even more illegals would come. We would see even more marches in the street demanding another amnesty and the new illegals who work cheaper than the newly legalized workers and the new illegals would get the jobs because the profits would be higher for the business tuxedos.
Rich Pellegrino would still be saying that laws and documents don’t matter and the IMAGE ordinance still wouldn’t pass because the “conservative” Chamber of Commerce wants the cheapest labor possible and is willing and able to tell the Cobb Board what to do and how to vote.
And we would have even more people to provide welfare to because the amnesty made them no longer ineligible due to an illegal status. We don’t need more workers, we need more jobs.
I will not forget any of this. The IMAGE ordinance should be passed by a unanimous vote if the board cares about the law and the real immigrants like me.