Illegal Immigration — Cobb right to approve IMAGE program
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Immigration reform has finally moved onto the public’s radar screen in recent years, and more so in Cobb County than in many other places. That’s a function partly of the county’s generally conservative outlook and also stems from residents seeing the county inundated by the illegals who flooded here when times were good and the local economy was booming. That flood brought with it a few “pros” (depending on one’s outlook), such as a seemingly inexhaustible source of labor willing to work very hard for much less in wages than would have to be paid to legal workers. And it resulted in many cons for residents as well, such as having to suffer the medical and education costs for those illegals and their children.

The people of Cobb “have had their consciousness” raised, in other words. The result? The county began using the E-Verify system in 2006. And Sheriff Neil Warren began using the controversial 287(g) program in 2007, giving jailers at the Cobb Detention Center access to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement database in order to screen the nationalities of those arrested and taken there on other charges. As a result thousands of detainees have been identified as illegals. What a surprise.

The latest welcome step in that direction came on Tuesday when the Board of Commissioners agreed unanimously to become just the 10th community in the country to take part in ICE’s Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers program, or IMAGE. In addition to just using the federal e-verify system to check the immigration status of those hired, it requires the county to submit to an audit and inspection of its employment procedures. Then, if no problems are found, there would be no further audits for the next two years.

The program will affect only those hired by the Cobb government, but private employers will hopefully follow suit.

“IMAGE membership can enhance your corporate image by associating your company with sound hiring practices, and helps to secure the homeland by reducing opportunities to inadvertently hire unauthorized workers,” states the ICE website. Its aim is to help employers “achieve a lawful workforce through self-policing of their hiring practices.”

Cobb’s best-known immigration reformer, D.A. King of the Dustin Inman Society, saluted the commission and also requested that it require that only IMAGE-certified contractors be hired for county projects after Jan. 1, 2014.

“While I have serious doubts that there are a lot of illegal aliens working for Cobb County, I am sure and certain from my time in the capitol, that there are a lot of people in the country illegally working for contractors who do work periodically for the county,” he said. “Like the majority of Cobb Countians, I don’t want one dime of my money going to illegal labor if there is a tool that could be put in place that would stop it.”

Indeed. And the commission would be wise to do so. Jobs are scarce these days, and the Cobb Commission should take any and all steps that can be taken to ensure that they go to those who are here legally.
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Viva La Raza!
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May 25, 2012
In the spirit of a new people that is conscious not only of its proud historical heritage but also of the brutal "gringo" invasion of our territories, we, the Chicano inhabitants and civilizers of the northern land of Aztlan from whence came our forefathers, reclaiming the land of their birth and consecrating the determination of our people of the sun, declare that the call of our blood is our power, our responsibility, and our inevitable destiny.

We are free and sovereign to determine those tasks which are justly called for by our house, our land, the sweat of our brows, and by our hearts. Aztlan belongs to those who plant the seeds, water the fields, and gather the crops and not to the foreign Europeans. We do not recognize capricious frontiers on the bronze continent

Brotherhood unites us, and love for our brothers makes us a people whose time has come and who struggles against the foreigner gabachowho exploits our riches and destroys our culture. With our heart in our hands and our hands in the soil, we declare the independence of our mestizo nation. We are a bronze people with a bronze culture. Before the world, before all of North America, before all our brothers in the bronze continent, we are a nation, we are a union of free pueblos, we are Aztlan.

Por La Raza todo. Fuera de La Raza nada.

Foley watch
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May 26, 2012
Is thast you Kevin?
Bring It
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May 26, 2012
Bring it on Pablo. We have the Second Amendment for a reason in this country.
frogbreath
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May 25, 2012
@latinoswill

Possibly, but not if all of America wakes.

If they do , you will see the same class warfare that exists in Mexico. Many more poor.
Latinoswillruleby2040
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May 25, 2012
Latinos Will rule
David63111
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May 25, 2012
The Simpson/Mazzoli act,among other laws/actions by Congress,made it illegal for illegals to be here,and work here,so enforce all of the laws,take everything the illegals own away from them,then deport or execute them.Problem solved,and no need to wait to get the job done.
Aunt Gawdy
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May 24, 2012
Just curious Kevin Foley, when an illegal alien is here and has not yet stolen an American job, what do you call him in place of "undocumented worker"? What do you call illegal alien drug smugglers?

BTW - we still have not forgotten your hilarious column about Allen West (he is a black man Kevin)and the Tea Party.
Robert Johnson
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May 24, 2012
Foley: Shouldn't we put the illegal aliens the sheriff finds in jail on a path to citizenship so you can feel noble and superior? It looks like you are trying to change your silly race-baiting tune. Give us more. So we can laugh harder at your wonderous mind.
Latinoswillruleby2040
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May 25, 2012
Latinos Will rule by 2040 and that is a fact
Honset Joe
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May 24, 2012
illegal alien illegal alien - let the illegal alien lobby come for me too!
Marie in Marietta
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May 24, 2012
Duh...illegal employment causes illegal immigration. Gee thanks for the tip.

Oh, but Kevin, wouldn't that punishment be "hate"? Should we actually pinish Hispanic employers too?

You are a complete mindless fraud and it looks like you are also clueless on what this oped is about and also the law already on the books statewide on E-Verify. How about you study up on this issue and come back in about 10 years?

You should pay close attention to what D.A. King says as he actually knows what he is talking about. BTW- you may want to form a partnership with Rich Pellegrino. You can flip to see who gets top billing in Publicity Craving Idiots R Us
Kevin Foley
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May 24, 2012
Marie (whoever you are) - Your point eludes me although "publicity craving" does bring Mr. King to mind. And "Honset" Joe - I think it's spelled "honest".
Off Balance
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May 25, 2012
@foley

It seems you seek publicity more than D A does. D A does it for the good of America and Georgia. You do it for you.
Kevin Foley
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May 24, 2012
I applaud Sheriff Warren for taking the steps necessary to identify undocumented workers in his custody. Unfortunately, it's only a half measure.

When is the county going to crack down on business owners and employers who hire undocumented workers? Impose stiff fines and you eliminate the incentive for undocumented workers to stay in the county.
David Acworth
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May 30, 2012
Foley, I had to say it. Nobody cares what you think or applaud. You are the entire club of your fan club. And a laughing stock worthy of Rich Pellegrino association.
misterbill
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May 24, 2012
Many thanks to D A King for his unrelenting efforts to keep American jobs for Americans. I hate to think of how much worse the job situation in Cobb would be if he had not worked so hard.

FAIRUS estimate that Georgia has 450,000 undocumented workers (see illegal aliens--I don't want to hear from Pellegrino or Gonzales). There is also and estimate of 14,000 undocumented students in Cobb County. Wonder how bad the school budget would be if they went back home.
Blue Fish
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May 24, 2012
It,s a starter
anonymous
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May 24, 2012
Just a question, why? What is the big deal, honestly I mean don't start the huge lecture on illegals costing us jobs, most jobs that illegal immigrants get are low paying under the table jobs ones that any regularly functioning person could get. The reason people don't work those jobs is because a. They are too lazy, b. they can get a better one or c. They believe they are qualified for a better job but cannot find one. Anyone can work, everyone I know who wants to work does, they have changed jobs over as many times as they please and can always get hired in a low paying education-less job. The reason there are so many illegal immigrants working instead? They aren't lazy and they can't get a better job because guess what they are illegal. I know plenty of legal immigrants and they are paid the same as Americans sometimes better because they are often the most reliable workers at a company. If you want a raise or even a job grow a work ethic. These people may have family here that they need o support they may be trying to become a citizen so that they can be better parents to their American children! They shouldn't have to live in fear of being ripped away from their loved ones! You people make me sick talking out your ass when you have never walked in their shoes!
anonymous
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May 25, 2012
this is reply to anonymous May 24,2012

You are absolutely right!! I agree with you completely.Nobody is taking any jobs from Americans,nobody is taking any money form government..Most of this shouters are our lazy citizens,living comfy life in rural places on expanse of us citizens and illegals who pay taxes.Yes, most of them pay taxes and if not so they will pay when amnesty arrives.The sooner arrives the better for America.Building detention centers,deport people for doing nothing wrong-just for working hard to support family is BAD and it is a waste of tax payers money.It is wrong!Immigration is a humanitarian issue and all negative politics should stop!Amnesty now!
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