Cobb group rallies to pressure Georgia senators for immigration response
by Rachel Miller
June 06, 2013 12:07 AM | 2527 views | 16 16 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Demonstrators attend an immigration-reform rally Thursday morning across from Cumberland Mall.
Demonstrators attend an immigration-reform rally Thursday morning across from Cumberland Mall.
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A group of 121 demonstrators gathered Thursday morning at the corner of Akers Mill Road and Cobb Parkway to protest the lack of opposition from Georgia senators on the Rubio/Schumer amnesty bill that could overhaul the nation’s immigration system.

The site across from Cumberland Mall is 300 yards from U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss’ office and 3 miles from U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s office, according to D.A. King, president of the Cobb-based Dustin Inman Society, a group that advocates for immigration reform. 

King called the demonstration a one-hour, lunchtime rally directed at elected officials who refuse to listen to citizens about an amnesty bill that is headed to the Senate this month after passing out of committee.

King said he was proud of the turnout for an event that organizers started planning Sunday and credited area tea party groups with the event’s success. 

“Today there were pro-enforcement Americans of all descriptions expressing outrage,” King said.

Illegal status

The bipartisan measure would create a pathway for illegal immigrants to obtain legal residency after paying a penalty of up to $500 and any back taxes owed.

“We know the language of the bill even if they don’t,” King said.

King said the amnesty legislation would remove the illegal status from immigrants and allow them to remain in the country.

American workers deserve much better than the “open border” bill that would allow 33 million job seekers to enter the United States over the next 10 years, King said. 

King added there is no requirement for immigrants to learn English before becoming legalized.

King said the bill does not focus on the prevention of illegal immigration.

“It doesn’t have border security first,” he said. 

King said the bill also allows for slush funds for “radical groups” like the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, the National Council of LaRaza, and the ACLU..

But King said his biggest concern is that if the legislation is approved, deportations would halt for six months while new policies are put in place. 

If the illegal status of the immigrants is removed, it would give them access to various benefits that would result in a staggering rise in costs to state and local government agencies, King said.

Political jeopardy

Two weeks ago, 8,800 signatures on a petition against the bill were delivered to both the offices of Chambliss and Isakson, according to King. 

A meeting was scheduled with Isakson’s chief of staff, Chris Carr, but King said he was told it was canceled. 

Carr said, in an email Friday, that because of interactions with King back in 2007, he would not attend the meeting if King was present.

King said Isakson will face losing re-election if he votes for the proposed immigration reform, or even supports a debate of the bill by the Senate.

“He would have a very assured primary opponent, and I think even more than one,” King said.

At the Georgia GOP convention in Athens, every single candidate running for Chambliss’ soon-to-be open seat “made it well known they did not support the amnesty bill,” King said. 

Rich Pellegrino, director of the Cobb Immigrant Alliance, said Republican legislators in Georgia have been forced to take extreme positions on immigration in the past. 

A firm stance during the primary can cost a candidate to lose the general election at a time when the Republican Party is trying to be more inclusive of all types, not just white men, said Pellegrino. 

Pellegrino said his organization is willing to sit down with King to work for a solution for all.

Not comprehensive

Pellegrino said there must be a balance between protecting jobs and giving a pathway to legalization for 11 million immigrants who haven’t committed any serious crimes.

But, Pellegrino added that it is hard to compromise when an “outspoken minority,” which is against reform of any kind, hinders progress.

“They don’t want them, period. Any shape, any form,” Pellegrino said. 

Pellegrino said statements about the cost to government agencies is a scare tactic, and added that immigrants contribute more to the economy than they receive from government programs.

The current immigration reform bill in the Senate leaves holes and a more comprehensive plan is needed, according to Pellegrino.

He added that the proposed legislation does nothing to cut the cost of border security that funds private contractors and security firms. 

“It is a billion-dollar industry that is siphoning off money,” Pellegrino said. 

Pellegrino said the United States has never had a more secure border, and the increase in allocated money should be a concern for fiscally conservative groups.

Isakson’s office did not respond to a request for comment by press time. When the MDJ asked Isakson how he intends to vote on the bill last month, he said, “We’re not going to prejudge what the final version is going to be until it’s marked up, debated and amended — so any question that precludes that process taking place is premature.”

Isakson did draw a line in the sand in that same interview on one aspect of the proposed immigration bill. “Border security is the trigger for anything else being done, that’s correct,” he said

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An earlier version of this story mistakenly quoted Mr. King as saying that the NAACP was a radical group that would benefit from a government slush fund under the amnesty law. It should have said the ACLU. We regret the error.

 
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Not Rich
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June 11, 2013
Hey, crazy Rich! Posting something over and over doesn't change the fact that it is drivel.

Adding 400,000 now illegal aliens who work for low wages does not bode well for the Ga budget. Genius.
Rich Pellegrino
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June 08, 2013
If all unauthorized immigrants were removed from Georgia, the state would lose $21.3 billion in economic activity, $9.5 billion in gross state product, and approximately 132,460 jobs, even accounting for adequate market adjustment time, according to a report by the Perryman Group.

Unauthorized immigrants contribute to the state’s economy.

Unauthorized immigrants in Georgia paid $456.3 million in state and local taxes in 2010, according to data from the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy, which includes:

$85.7 million in state income taxes.

$36.4 million in property taxes.

$334.2 million in sales taxes.

The average unauthorized family in Georgia contributes between $2,340 and $2,470 in state and local sales, income, and property taxes, according to a 2006 study by the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute. An unauthorized family that does not pay income taxes would have a sales and property tax contribution of $1,800 to $1,860.

AND THIS IS JUST ONE STATE; MULTIPLY X 50 AND YOU SEE THE INCREDIBLY POSITIVE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF THE IMMIGRANTS!!
Rich Pellegrino
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June 08, 2013
The facts they don't want you to know:

If all unauthorized immigrants were removed from Georgia, the state would lose $21.3 billion in economic activity, $9.5 billion in gross state product, and approximately 132,460 jobs, even accounting for adequate market adjustment time, according to a report by the Perryman Group.

Unauthorized immigrants contribute to the state’s economy.

Unauthorized immigrants in Georgia paid $456.3 million in state and local taxes in 2010, according to data from the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy, which includes:

$85.7 million in state income taxes.

$36.4 million in property taxes.

$334.2 million in sales taxes.

The average unauthorized family in Georgia contributes between $2,340 and $2,470 in state and local sales, income, and property taxes, according to a 2006 study by the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute. An unauthorized family that does not pay income taxes would have a sales and property tax contribution of $1,800 to $1,860.

And this is just one state: imagine x 50 and the incredibly positive economic impact of the immigrants!
Larry zxsa
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June 06, 2013
IF YOU WANT THIS AMNESTY BILL TO PASS, THEN SIT BACK AND RELAX. IF

NOT, DO SOMETHING TO STOP IT.

Your Senators need to be hearing the public's deep objections to the S. 744 immigration bill that will get a vote of the full Senate in June.

The word from various Senate staffers is that if they are not hearing the phones ring with objections EVERY day, the Senators and their top advisors assume that opposition is dying down. We can't let let the Senators and staffs thinking they can get by with voting FOR this bill.

EVEN IF YOU HAVE SENATORS WHO MAY BE PRO-AMNESTY.......what do you have to lose by e-mailing them? Would taking 5 minutes out of your time complaining on internet kill you? Do it just to irritate them.

Call your 2 Senators and tell them to vote NO on S.744 the Amnesty bill. (Here's a toll-free number: 888-978-3094). You can leave a message after hours with most Senators 24 hours a day.

If you're nervous about making that first call to a Senate receptionists, just say your name and where you are from and ask them to tell the Senator that he/she should vote NO on S.744 because it puts amnesty before enforcement.

Here's how to find out who your reps are and their e-mail addresses:

http://www.contactingthecongress.org

Old Marietta 2
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June 06, 2013
No wonder crazy Rich Pellegrino is speaking up. Although he knows nearly nothing about the laws, he is just the type of "community organizer" for illegals that would be getting paid with our tax dollars to aid and assist the new legals that snuck in here.

That would be too much to bear for most of us. Pellegrino forms alliances with Jerry Gonzalez of GALEO and they both are aligned with the Nation of Islam.

I didn't see a word about this rally on TV or in the Associated Press. If it was the illegal aliens holding a rally again, it would have been everywhere in the news. Thank you MDJ.

Obama said he would change America. He is replacing Americans with the illegals and we are on our way to chaos and official communism.

I weep for my grandchildren's future.
Jorey T
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June 06, 2013
But the channel I was watching did cover the nuns marching for amnesty on the same day. WSBTV

Gordo Meis
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June 06, 2013
Great work DA!
Pat H
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June 06, 2013
Isakson should not have to even think about this bill, except that he was involved in the formation of the 2007 amnesty bill. He later hid behind his eventual no vote because of the outrage by US taxpayers and citizens.

He is the richest senator, he will probably not even run for re-election and like Chambliss, who had been booed by the Gwinnett Republicans after his involvement in crafting the amnesty bill had come to light.

Both of these senators are rich enough to survive the onslaught of Mexican and Central American invasions that will surely take place once this legislation comes to light.

Shame on those of you who voted for these traitors in the first place. Isakson is now apologizing for nominating Holder, he also crafted legislation to give people free money for home purchases to benefit his real estate company run by his family, and supported Chambliss in the farm bill to give free money to farmers who hire illegals.
Watcher....
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June 06, 2013
Mr. Pellegrino,

Why should there be any compromise when we are dealing with 10-20 million ILLEGAL ALIENS?

Isakson is in serious trouble if he votes for any form of amnesty or any easing of current Immigration law.

Chambliss doesn't care!
Rich Pellegrino
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June 06, 2013
Watcher....You mean human beings without papers? I can give you many reasons if you really care to compromise, but just a few:

1) You and every American, either directly or indirectly, invited them here and benefited from their labor.

2) They are an asset to our country, just like the Italians, Germans, Irish, and other immigrants who were also called "illegal aliens" by those who didn't want them here.

3) Democracy means sitting down and working things out...which sometimes means compromise.
Watcher...
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June 06, 2013
Illegal Aliens were never "invited" to the United States!

Illegal Aliens add huge costs to U.S. Taxpayers: Medicare, Food Stamps, Section 8 Housing, the Criminal Justice System, Education and Medical Care, just to name a few benefits!

The United States is NOT a Democracy! Democracies can lead to "Mob Rule!"

Why would U.S. Taxpayers compromise with Illegals?
Richard Pellegrino
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June 08, 2013
If all unauthorized immigrants were removed from Georgia, the state would lose $21.3 billion in economic activity, $9.5 billion in gross state product, and approximately 132,460 jobs, even accounting for adequate market adjustment time, according to a report by the Perryman Group.

Unauthorized immigrants contribute to the state’s economy.

Unauthorized immigrants in Georgia paid $456.3 million in state and local taxes in 2010, according to data from the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy, which includes:

$85.7 million in state income taxes.

$36.4 million in property taxes.

$334.2 million in sales taxes.

The average unauthorized family in Georgia contributes between $2,340 and $2,470 in state and local sales, income, and property taxes, according to a 2006 study by the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute. An unauthorized family that does not pay income taxes would have a sales and property tax contribution of $1,800 to $1,860.
Rich Pellegrino
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June 08, 2013
Hmmmm....we didn't invite them here...every govt agency at the local and federal level invited them here (there is plenty of proof, if you care to receive it)---and, we are the government...and businesses at every level invited them here (and in a capitalist society, we are the businesses, whether as shareholders or patrons)....you really think 20 million people snuck in here...are we deaf and dumb...please don't paint Americans as that stupid. No, we were all complicit...if we eat the chicken they processed...eat the food they picked...benefited from low prices in many industries (housing, food, clothing, etc etc), benefited from the Olympics being in GA (yes, we begged them to come and build our Olympic infrastructure--I have documented proof if you care...write me at pilgrim@mindspring.com. And these are just a few examples...time to take responsibility...but no...we always find someone to blame except ourselves.
Concerned Citizen
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June 06, 2013
I guess the bigotry of the Tea Party wasn't a lie. Their coming out in droves of of a 121. Whew! Glad to know they are not the majority!!!
American A Vet
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June 06, 2013
Too many Americans cannot afford to leave one of their two or three jobs to go to a rally in the middle of the day. I would have gone if I knew about it. Good idea!

We shouldn't have to be collecting on corners demanding that our elected officials stand up for our immigration laws. If 120 people, or 2 people had the courage to go to this rally, it means we aren't dead yet. The illegal aliens march in the thousands because they are taught that sooner or later they willtake over the USA.

With weak fools like some of our own in congress, they may be right. Concerned citizen: They enforce the immigration laws in Mexico. They must be bigots...????

Johnny Fading
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June 06, 2013
Johnny should not try to hide with "TRIGGER" Johnny: stand up or sit down. I would vote for Kingin a flash before I will ever vote for you again.
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