Cobb's Sheriff and DA support the federal IMAGE program
by Jon Gillooly
February 01, 2013 12:36 AM | 2723 views | 9 9 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cobb Sheriff Neil Warren and District Attorney Vic Reynolds say they support the use of the federal IMAGE program as a way to block illegal immigrants from certain job opportunities.

Warren says he has no trouble using the program, which helps ensure that employers hire employees who are legally authorized to work in the United States.

“That’s just one more step, that we’re safeguarding our jobs for people that are legal here in the country,” Warren said. “To me, it’s a no brainer. I think it’s another tool to let the people know not only if you’re legal, if you come to jail, you get in trouble, you may have to deal with ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement); and if you come get a job, there’s not going to be a job there for you.”

Commissioners JoAnn Birrell and Bob Ott have proposed an ordinance that would require contractors doing business with the county to apply for certification under the federal IMAGE immigration program. The Board of Commissioners may vote on the topic Feb. 26.

Warren said he supports their ordinance.

“Why wouldn’t you want to make sure that someone is legal in the country to give them a job?” Warren said. “I just can’t understand why you would be against that.”

The sheriff said he hasn’t heard one complaint from the contractors he does business with about the IMAGE program.

Reynolds said he’s a supporter of the federal program as well. The country has a big problem when it comes to issues of immigration, he said.

“With that being said, I think we’re a nation of laws, and in a nation of laws if we don’t follow and enforce the laws, then we’re not what we say we are,” Reynolds said. “If individuals want to become citizens of this country, there’s a process for making that happen. Should the process be different depending on the circumstances of your arrival? Perhaps.”

Fortunately, such decisions are not up to the district attorney, he said.

“But if you’re asking me as a citizen, I think the program is a good idea,” Reynolds said.

IMAGE, or ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers, is a voluntary partnership initiative between the federal government and private-sector employers. ICE developed the initiative as a way for employers to achieve a “lawful work force” through self-policing of their hiring practices.
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unioncounty
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February 02, 2013
Sheriff Neil Warren, speaking of IMAGE it would be nice to see your officers be required to ware there hats when out of there patrol cars.

THIS WAS A WELCOME SIGHT TO SEE THE OFFICERS OF SHERIFF BILL HUTSON, I UNDERSTAND THAT THIS WAS ONE OF HIS REQUIREMENT, TO ALWAYS HAVE HAT ON WHEN OUT OF PATROL CAR.

BILL HUTSON THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SERVICE AND IMAGE.
Fact checker
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February 01, 2013
Yes, genius, he does hire contractors.
Just Wait
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February 01, 2013
Does the Sheriff and District Attorney hire contractors? If not, who cares what they think about this program. Their departments are not effected.
Gordo Meis
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February 01, 2013
The three Dems on the board are against IMAGE and savng jobs. Shocker!
Pat h
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February 01, 2013
Mr. Reynolds, why did you give Jessica Colotl a free pass on your first decision of your new office.

We can hardly wait to see how you handle Dwight Brown.
VFP42
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February 01, 2013
Calling the District Attorney "DA."....

The nerve!!!

Has D.A. King called all outraged yet to make you change your headline again?

It's hard to run a Cult of Personality when your monikor is stolen by low lifes!
HappyHere
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February 01, 2013
With all due respect to Sheriff Warren, I think he's confusing IMAGE with e-verify. You don't "use" IMAGE, it's an agreement based on audits of existing paperwork.
Helen Watch in WC
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February 01, 2013
Helen, you canot be serious! Contractors must have given you a bunch of money for this one. Don't you think we can see that none of them are signng up for IMAGE now and will not unless you make them? Your ridiculous points system will result in a constant score of zero to zero because no contractor will sign up. BTW Helen, the zero thing? That is what you are and what you will get in votes from the voters here who can see through your nonsense.
anonymous
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February 01, 2013
The excuses being made by certain commissioners for not using IMAGE are so bogus.

They have no qualms about making legal citizens, their employers, jump through a million hoops to get our car tags or our homestead tax exemptions, but they don't want to irritate their contractor companies by making them comply with the law (laws that are already existing, by the way).

All IMAGE is, is a tool to follow the law and Lee, Goreham and perhaps now Cupid sound like they are going to reject this in favor of some baloney concocted no doubt by those who believe an illegal labor force is a good thing as long as it buys their CEOs another lakehouse, another golf club membership, whatever.
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