County kowtowing to ‘business tuxedos’ on IMAGE vote
March 06, 2013 12:00 AM | 1335 views | 9 9 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

Re: Last week’s IMAGE vote by Cobb Commission

If the feds were effectively securing the borders and deporting illegals when identified, this might not even be up for discussion.

I can’t fault some of the illegal aliens; they want work and they want a better life for their children and they know they can get it here. If you were an illegal alien husband and father, trying to provide the best possible life for your wife and children, what would you do? Keep them hungry and uneducated in a dirt-floor shack somewhere, with little chance to live a better life? Or would you ignore some sissy federal gringos and go for it?

Oh, and for those who contend these workers “are not paying taxes,” they might want to study the “cash flow” when the worker gets his pay in cash and his boss says to him, “I had to deduct ‘x amount’ to pay for taxes.” Well, now what will the illegal alien do? Will the contractor actually pay those taxes to the IRS? You tell me.

Why did the commissioners vote against the IMAGE program, which would have made sure those doing business with the county are not hiring illegal labor? Was it because of opposition to adding yet one more taxpayer funded level of federal involvement in local issues? Why relieve them of responsibilities they are already ignoring?

Perhaps our commissioners were instead just kowtowing to local “business tuxedos” to help them make a bigger profit by doing business here, thus bringing more money into Cobb?

What if a little of both positions were at play?

I support those who voted NO because if the feds won’t do the jobs they already have been assigned and paid to do, it makes no sense to allow the implementation of one more “FFA” (“Failed Federal Acronym”) and fund it just so employers could use it to try and find those illegal aliens that the feds won’t stop from entering or deport when caught.

Kenneth D. Parrott

Acworth
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mk-truthbtold
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March 08, 2013
Hey Parrot, when these contractors and CEO's make huge profits from using illegal labor and cash paid day labor,.. it goes straight into THEIR own pockets.

They have no integrity of morals, & it seems no respect for our country or our constitution. And I'm talking about the (they),contractors and company owners. (forget about the illegals,..anyone that can't see they are here just to make money & one day go home,.. then you have been an ostrich for way too long & its too late for you)!!

Tim Lee and other commissioners have shown us their true allegiance, too. It's to their puppet handlers, the Chamber, the DOT, the contractors.

Thank Tim Lee for helping bring down America.

In 2009 remittances to Mexico were 21.2 BILLION. In 2009. remittances to all of Latin America totaled 69.2 BILLION. Reports are showing remittances are going UP for 2010 & 2011 totals!!

This amount of money being funneled through government contracts, to other countries is a huge part of these staggering numbers.

I continue to fly my American flag upside down. We no longer have a government to look out for America.
David Welden
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March 06, 2013
Actually, Commissioners Lee, Goreham and Cupid studied the matter exhaustively and discussed it very prudently at the BOC meeting before voting.



We already have strict federal and state laws requiring every employer to examine and verify the eligibility of all hires. Cobb County has carried those laws forward into all of its contracts, requiring all bidders to submit an affidavit swearing their compliance with the Georgia Security and Immigration Compliance Act. One must wonder which contractors would be fool enough to violate the federal laws, state laws and their sworn affidavit with the county to risk employment of illegals.



IMAGE is a voluntary federal program which prescribes a set of practices for employers to follow to improve their ability to screen for fraudulent documentation presented by illegals. The program includes training and self-auditing processes which, if followed, should relieve the federal government of some of their auditing responsibilities. IMAGE is a good program and, hopefully, will be adopted by most employers.

However, the county’s proposed ordinance to mandate an employer’s participation in a voluntary federal program could only be viewed as arrogant, bureaucratic and intrusive. The existing laws and regulations are more than sufficient enforcements. The commissioners voted as they should have and the Chamber had nothing to do with it.

Devlin Adams
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March 06, 2013
Mr. Parrott, I am most disappointed in your myopic view of the problem. It does note make sense to continue saying "IF".

We need to deal with the problem we have, not harp on what the government is not doing.

The three stooges missed a chance to partly deal with that problem, and you are defending them for that?
Kenneth D. Parrott
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March 06, 2013
@D. Adams,

Then in your "grand view" tell me exactly what happens to illegal aliens identified by your IMAGE solution. They won't be deported, we know that much. I repeat, the feds are not doing their job at the border and in some other places. Please, enlighten us all as to how more of the same will solve anything.
Devlin Adams
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March 06, 2013
It is not the job of the Cobb County Commission to be concerned with whether or not deportation happens after an illegal alien is identified, nor was that the purpose o fhte ordinance.

The prupose of the ordinacne was to identify them and get them off the taxpayers payroll, and open up a job for a citizen ir a legal immigrant.

It was never intended to solve the national immigration crisis.

By throwing your absurd "IF" statement into the mix, you are muddying the water and obscuring the real reason for the ordinance. Your arguemnt, sir, is with George Bush and Barack Obama,bioth of whom failed and declined to enforce immigration laws. Bush because cheap labor means more profits and Obama because he is looking to add 20 million more votes to the Democratic side of the scale.
Pat H
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March 06, 2013
Mr. Parrot, why not consider that illegal aliens wait to have children and work to fix the economic inequity of their home countries?

Why should the taxpayers of Cobb be burdened with the enormous costs of schooling and educating children of illiterate and unskilled labor?

We are trying to fix our country and supporting the hiring of illegal aliens with tax money is undermining the future of our country and our children.
Kenneth D. Parrott
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March 06, 2013
@Pat H.

Did you miss the following? "If the feds were effectively securing the borders and deporting illegals when identified, this might not even be up for discussion." Seems so.
FROM TEXAS
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March 06, 2013
Actually you need to do your homework on cash flow it’s called the Gringo tax by the corrupt Mexican officials that’s why they were pissed off when our economy tanked. A lot of that money that is earned here goes back to Mexico for a good reason the extended family needs it. You know the Feds aren’t doing their job but I guess your answer would be to just pay an Illegal Aliens Tax out of your paycheck. You already have an illegal alien tax on health care, auto insurance, school taxes, police and court system to mention just a few. I guess you need to get with INS and just take a few illegals in and sponsor them and we put them under your guidance and support; but you probably don’t have a money tree in your back yard like Czar Obama does!! That’s probably why Phil Kent on the Georgia Gang on Sunday called out three Cobb County losers Tim Lee, Helen Gorham and Lisa I Love Hear Myself Talk Cupid she easily wasted and hour or more at the meeting and thank God for Bob Ott the only lucid member at the meeting.
Kenneth D. Parrott
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March 06, 2013
@from Texas

Apparently you also missed the first sentence,"If the feds were effectively securing the borders and deporting illegals when identified, this might not even be up for discussion." I do not support any new taxes of any kind, anywhere, for any reason. We just need to enforce existing laws and decrease wasteful spending on all levels, local, state and federal. You seem to be missing the point.
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