In the Republican-controlled state Capitol, the Georgia General Assembly that ended March 29 was the first legislative session since 2004 in which no (zero!) illegal immigration legislation was passed. This less than a week after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security released an annual report on illegal aliens living in the U.S. and which states contain the most illegals.
Georgia officially ranks No. 6 nationwide and has more illegals than Arizona. Georgia unemployment hovers around 9 percent. The conservative estimate is that 7 percent of Georgia’s workforce consists of black-market labor. English is an optional language.
One of only two illegal immigration-related bills introduced was HB 59, which would have ended the admission of illegals into the University System of Georgia (USG). Candidate Nathan Deal repeatedly promised to “do everything possible” to keep illegal aliens out of publicly funded Georgia universities and Tech Schools.
Gov. Deal’s office did nothing to encourage passage of the bill. Concerned citizen callers to his office were told the legislation was “unnecessary.” Many Georgians are curious about the fact that Deal didn’t mention his signing of the famous HB 87 in his January State of the State list of proud first-year accomplishments.
The other relevant and extremely important legislation was SB 458, which incorporated the ban on illegals in the University System with some badly need corrections to existing state law regarding the way numerous official agencies administer public benefits and collect officially recognized ID. The corrections would have made life much easier for literally every legally present Georgia resident. Ditto for numerous official agencies, including virtually all of Georgia’s municipalities and counties, the Department of Driver Services and the Secretary of State’s office.
Both of the bills mentioned above had the votes to easily pass — but because of the silence from the Governor’s office and the refusal of House leadership to allow a floor vote on SB 458, they are as dead as Pancho Villa. When asked why SB 458 was not called for a floor vote, House legislators express amazement and make it clear no one seems to know. More than one has told this writer “I don’t know D.A. I am stunned!” It is even more of a mystery considering House Speaker David Ralston was integral in passage of last year’s HB 87 by standing up to the lieutenant governor, who was adamantly opposed to the E-Verify mandate now in state law.
SB 458 brought forward an urgent public safety, no-brainer issue the now campaigning legislators would do well to remember: The official acceptance of what can only be described as “undocumented foreign passports” as verification of lawful presence in the United States. Currently, illegal aliens who escape capture at our borders and make it to Georgia simply go to their home nation’s Atlanta consulate and then obtain a passport. These issued after-you-arrive-passports do not contain the federally issued documents and stamps proving lawful, inspected entrance through an official border port of entry or the date the alien is supposed to go home.
Lacking these U.S. documents is proof that the bearer is here illegally — the opposite of the intent of the law.
Expect undocumented passports to be an unavoidable issue on which candidates for election — and re-election — would do well to have an educated position. (See my MDJ blog for full details on SB 458.)
Speaking of the Georgia Capitol, at 11 this morning the illegal alien lobby has scheduled a massive, angry protest rally with the usual clenched-fist demands: An end to immigration enforcement, amnesty, “justice” and the right to vote yada, yada … Having attended many of these pre-revolution-type events, let me make it clear that the general public will not hear about the always present Socialist Workers Party vendors selling dual language “oppressed workers revolt now” literature or be informed of the history of the imported organizers. The outdoor event is open to the (very brave) public.
Considering the ongoing, inflammatory and shameless race-baiting struggle by the illegal alien lobby to stop the use of the legally correct and far-too-accurate term “illegal alien” to describe illegal aliens, pro-enforcement Americans are finding it quite difficult to disguise their smirks at the fact that in last-week’s 1-hour, 20-minute Supreme Court hearing on the Obama/Mexico/ACLU/La Raza suit against Arizona’s 2010 illegal immigration/public safety law, the term “illegal alien” was used 11 times. And each of those uses was by one of the justices. And using it seven times was the self-described “wise Latina” Justice, Sonia Sotomayor.
A nationally recognized authority on illegal immigration, D.A. King is president of the Cobb-based Dustin Inman Society. He also contributes to the MDJ blog.