At Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee’s town hall meeting on June 11 we were disappointed that he did not answer our questions regarding the negative impact the current immigration amnesty bill would have on Cobb.
The Democrats who run Los Angeles County, Calif., are doing the job that apparently Republicans in Georgia are afraid to do, visiting Congress demanding to know how they would pay for the additional benefits and services for newly legalized aliens if the Senate amnesty bill were to become law. We have seen no actions from Tim Lee and our commissioners.
If the amnesty passes, 400,000 to 500,000 will be instantly legalized. That new legal status will qualify them for a host of state and local entitlements, including Medicaid. Georgia has more “undocumented” aliens than Arizona.
We asked Tim Lee why the BOC is silent. What is their plan? Will they cut benefits and services or raise our taxes?
The 1986 amnesty contained funds to help state and local governments, but this bill pushed by the Chamber of Commerce does not. It rewards lawbreakers with amnesty first and only questionable enforcement years later.
The Georgia Constitution requires us to have a balanced budget every year. This new additional budget strain will mean cutting services or increasing taxes or both. The negative impact on schools and unemployment will be disastrous.
We are outraged that our elected officials are not making public statements against this horrifying immigration/amnesty bill.
Legal residents are counting on them to do so and prevent its passage.