D.A. King: Battle lines drawn on immigration enforcement bill
by D.A. King
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February 18, 2011 12:00 AM | 1459 views | 9 9 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Georgians will be interested to know about the latest United States Border Patrol apprehension figures.

Those brave American heroes captured 463,382 people from all over the world coming across our borders illegally and uninspected in fiscal year 2010, which ended Sept. 30. Official and very optimistic estimates are that they are able to catch about one of every four or five illegal crossers.

Please take a minute to do the math. And remember that many of the illegal aliens who escaped capture have made their way to Georgia and are now taking a job and using a benefit or service here. Maybe even testifying against pending bills aimed at immigration and employment enforcement in the legislative committees under the Gold Dome.

According to new General Accountability Office report, the Border Patrol only has "operational control" of 44 percent of the Southern border with that paradise to our south. That's 873 miles out of the nearly 2,000 mile border supposed to separate the U.S. and Mexico.

If we want to effectively address illegal immigration in Georgia, we must do it ourselves.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, most illegal immigration comes from Mexico. Georgia ranks number 6 in the nation, with about 480,000 illegal aliens squatting here. (Many demographers tell us to double that number). DHS also reports that from 2000 to 2009, Georgia had the highest rate of increase in an illegal population in the nation, at 115 percent. Arizona, with fewer illegals (460,000) had an increase of 42 percent. We have an official unemployment rate of about 10 percent.

Which brings me to the current ongoing debate in the Georgia legislature on HB 87, the Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011.

The public comment hearings for HB 87 have concluded in the House Judiciary (non-civil) Committee. Next week they vote.

The lines between the pro-enforcement majority and the anti-enforcement special interest coalition were never on more clear display. Many shocked everyday Georgians in attendance saw for themselves the process of well-funded, professional special interest lobbying groups vs. "We the People" for the first time.

The common talking point from the Libertarians, the Chamber, the Farm Bureau, the ACLU and the snarling ethnic-based illegal alien lobby this year goes like this: "Because of the budget crisis, we can't afford to put in place any law that would add actual teeth into the law we passed in 2006 to protect our jobs and public benefits. Because unemployment is so high, we should not consider statewide use of the E-Verify system already in place for public employers and public works contractors. It would force too many 'undocumented workers' - and their dependents - to migrate out of Georgia."

I am not making this up.

The very mindless argument goes on sort of like this: "We have found extremely, um, 'flexible' laborers who will work for much less than we would have to pay legally present workers. Including construction, Americans will not do these jobs. The real answer is to pass a repeat of the 1986 federal comprehensive legalization program and create a path to citizenship for the black-market labor we are now using."

What we are expected to overlook is the enormous hole in this nonsense. If Americans won't do these jobs - a deeply offensive, un-American lie - who are the political bosses going to find to "do the jobs Americans will not do" were they to pass another amnesty and make the now illegal aliens into American citizens?

The battle lines on ending the ongoing de facto state amnesty, real enforcement in Georgia and the outcome of HB 87 have been drawn. On one side is the much of the business community, the Farm Bureau, the ACLU, the state Democratic Party - and the Chamber of Commerce Republicans.

The other side is made up of the Rule of Law Republicans and the majority of the citizens of Georgia.

Lucky for the latter group that the new governor has repeatedly promised to use the power of his office to put in place and sign such legislation and clearly endorsed state-wide use of E-Verify during the campaign.

But many working Georgians - including this writer - wonder out loud exactly when, and now if, those promises will be kept.

All of Georgia should be watching.

D.A. King is president of the Cobb-based Dustin Inman Society, which is pro-enforcement on American immigration laws. He is currently working in favor of HB 87 in the Georgia Capitol.
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R. Knight
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February 19, 2011
I have somewhat followed these issues through the years & do believe Georgia has not made much progress on this illegal immigrant front.

I do want to make a comment on the previous writer mk- south carolina. I was compelled to look for the information on South Carolina's website & found it to be factual & possibly something Georgia should pursue on short order.

I didn't get the sense there was toxic anger in his report, just facts.
eatmotacos
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February 18, 2011
How did Georgians end up with a career politician, who is both broke, and accused of serious, unethical conduct, while serving in elected office, to represent their best interest as governor? It should be obvious that even the process political that parties use to choose a candidate, has been compromised by special interests groups.

This state is beginning to look a whole lot like a third world country, in more ways than one. The question is, are Georgia's citizens going to tolerate elected officials, who lie to get elected, then do just the reverse of what they promise, once in office?

Georgians are going to have to take a recess from watching the latest news on Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen, American Idle, ball games,etc. for long enough to focus on taking their government back from special interests sponsored crooks, or they won't be able to afford a TV to watch them on.





mk - had enough!!
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February 18, 2011
WHY would anyone fighting to secure our borders & save our jobs not take the time to look @ what they are doing in South Carolina? Actually, you should THANK me for showing you something that is really working!

Nothing in Georgia is keeping illegals from working!

So why would you direct your anger towards me? ... unless you are Chip Rogers!
Georgia Patriot
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February 18, 2011
GREAT COLUMN!
Daniel in Acworth
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February 18, 2011
"On one side is the much of the business community, the Farm Bureau, the ACLU, the state Democratic Party - and the Chamber of Commerce Republicans. The other side is made up of the Rule of Law Republicans and the majority of the citizens of Georgia"

Boy oh boy, Mr. King pretty much summed up the entire illegal immigration scandal in the nation with that remark. If Cobb County doesn't step up and do something, REGARDLESS of what happens in the Capitol, I am going to begin my own campaign to remove the Chamber of Commerce comissioners!

Hooray for King! He has the courage more of our lawmakers should find.

D.A. King for Governor!

Rhoda in Cobb
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February 18, 2011
Mr. King always makes sense and tells it like it really is. I am going to find out about this bill and insist that my Rep supports it and is signed on.

Thank you MDJ!
MK makes me ill
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February 18, 2011
MK - your toxic anger reminds us of another nutball...Jerry Gonzalez. You are a constant negative and are hurting what you fight for.

You should move to S.Carolina.
mk- south carolina
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February 18, 2011
I urge everyone to look up this website--the South Carolina LLR(labor, licensing & regulation) . Click the Immigrant Worker Compliance link.

From there you can read over HOW their law is being ENFORCED. You can click on (EMPLOYEES CITED) & brouse through all the companies PUBLIC & PRIVATE that have been , investigated , fined & registered w/ E-Verify.

Georgia wouldn't still be having this 'buying time' discussion, if Chip Rogers ( & other legislatures)-had not ignored this, when I took him a copy of the South Carolina Illegal Immigration Reform Act-Bill 4400, way back in October 2008.

It seems like such a game!
Pat H
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February 18, 2011
Great column, DA. We are watching, and we remember when we vote. It doesn't take a rocket scientist or even a trip down Dixie Avenue, Park Street or Garrison Avenue to understand the enormous problem we have here in Georgia.

It is time to demand accountability or retirement from these legislators.
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