D.A. King: Pro-law Americans turning tide on immigration
by D.A. King
June 17, 2011 12:00 AM | 14612 views | 67 67 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The sense of glee, great satisfaction and genuine entertainment resulting from watching the comical temper tantrums spewing from the anti-enforcement media over Georgia's HB 87 just can't be ignored.

Led by the near daily fuming rants from the sore losers at the Atlanta newspapers, the chorus of "Georgia is doomed" reports aimed at nullifying the will of the majority and the recently enacted immigration and employment law are quite frankly ... a hoot.

Georgia's Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act moves on to its next step Monday in U.S. District Court in Atlanta. The goal of the lawsuits from the open borders mob is to stop implementation of as much of the law as possible so as to protect their precious but now dwindling commodity: Georgia's population of fugitive illegal aliens, many of whom are already migrating out of the Peach State simply because of the possibility of enforcement.

No matter the decision of the court on the now numerous lawsuits on various sections of the landmark Georgia law, the pro-American majority has already won.

The victory came last month when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Arizona E-verify law challenged by a coalition of the chamber of commerce and the radical ethnic lobbies. To the unending consternation of the profiteers who have perpetuated illegal immigration for decades, Georgia's law contains an E-Verify component that the "supremes" have already ruled completely legal and constitutional.

E-Verify greatly reduces and deters illegal hiring. Not many Americans fail to understand that illegal aliens come here for the money. For now, even low-wage American jobs pay more than Third World wages. Stop illegal employment, and we stop most illegal immigration.

As a way of irritating many reporters and some very frustrated far-left editors, some obvious facts: Illegal immigration and illegal employment were already illegal when Gov. Deal signed HB 87 into law on May 13.

The agriculture industry has been allowed to depend on illegal workers for years because they will work for less than the lawful temporary foreign workers available through the existing federal guest worker program known as H2A. Let's be clear here: If no American - on probation or not - ever applies to harvest another onion or pick a pepper, farmers will always have access to as many legal imported workers as they need.

A recent survey of Georgia farmers requested by the governor revealed that only 5 percent had used the legal method to obtain farm help. They have been using the illegals because they could.

The agriculture industry receives billions of tax dollars in subsidies - and then howls that obeying American immigration law is "too costly." If we enforce the law we will end up with that famous $10 head of lettuce? Guess what? According to many economists and studies, including one from the respected Center for Immigration Studies in Washington, labor costs comprise only 6 percent of the price consumers pay for fresh produce. If farm wages were allowed to rise 40 percent, and if all the costs were passed on to consumers, the cost to the average household would be only about $8 a year. Much cheaper than the $2.4 billion annual expense Deal cites as Georgia's cost of subsidizing the illegals.

Along with the fact that Mexico has now joined in lawsuits to stop immigration enforcement in Georgia, one of my favorite sources of amusement are smug, leftist columnists who wail in anguish that we must continue to employ illegal aliens because Americans and legal immigrants won't accept the farm jobs that currently offer low pay and few benefits, like health care and workmen's compensation. But they then go on to tell us how "extreme" it is to oppose making American citizens out of the resentful lawbreakers with another amnesty. See what I mean about entertaining?

Raise your hand if you think that these same "intellectuals" would be pecking out the same drivel if the hordes of invading illegals were English-speaking, potential conservative voters coming from Manitoba.

It gets worse for the left: A bill recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith that would make use of E-Verify a national mandate has a real chance of becoming law.

No matter the decision on Monday, at present, in the battle for America on illegal immigration, the Americans seem to be turning the tide.

Listen to the far-left moan because enforcement works. It is no-cost, family fun.

King is president of the Cobb-based Dustin Inman Society and worked closely with legislators on Georgia's recent immigration law. On the Web: www.TheDustinInmanSociety.org
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Juana Ilegalme
November 07, 2011
Immigration laws in the US are racist!
California girl
November 06, 2011
King really nailed this one. You in Ga may still have a chance. We have lost our state to the illegals who now are powerful in the state house. You should listen to DA
Help dimlibs w law
September 24, 2011
8 USC 1325

(b) Improper time or place; civil penalties

Any alien who is apprehended while entering (or attempting to enter) the United States at a time or place other than as designated by immigration officers shall be subject to a civil penalty of—

(1) at least $50 and not more than $250 for each such entry (or attempted entry); or

(2) twice the amount specified in paragraph (1) in the case of an alien who has been previously subject to a civil penalty under this subsection.

Civil penalties under this subsection are in addition to, and NOT IN LIEU OF, ANY CRIMINAL criminal or other civil penalties that may be imposed.

Who's counting?
September 24, 2011
Jay Bookman 0

D.A. King 100

as always
Georgia Patriot
July 31, 2011
This should be required reading for the AJC staff...
John Brick
July 22, 2011
Why dont we throw those who are aiding and abbeting illegals in prision. Good job Georgia lets hope the courts dont sell out.
July 21, 2011
This country needs 49 more D.A. Kings, one in each state.

We would have illegal immigration solved.
Frosty Wooldridge
July 18, 2011
As an Albany, GA high school graduate, I stand with D.A. King for standing up for the rule of law, common sense, integrity and the U.S. Constitution. We need E-Verify, we need all the laws we can enforce to move illegal aliens out of America. They are the single greatest disaster for America in the 21st century. They overrun our schools, hospitals and prisons. They cost taxpayers, you and me, $346 billion annually across 15 federal agencies. (Edwin Rubenstein report) That's our money folks. We're subsidizing ugly, nasty illegal employers while they make billions and we pay out the nose. I support D.A. King because stands for America. We don't need all the ID theft, fraud SS numbers, welfare, anchor babies and crime brought to us by criminals that cross our borders. Frosty Wooldridge
Jan Herron
July 11, 2011
D. A. King is an Outstanding American. We need more like him throughout the United States. In fact, I wish he would run for political office. I live in another state and would promote his run.

June 27, 2011
awake and aware??- You'd think by the tone of your post that you cared about young Latinos. But with your rejection of official English you just helped push them into a life of poverty. How much of a future would somebody have if they didn't speak German in Germany?

In areas of the country that have always had Latinos they've certainly added to the vibrancy of the nation...but those aren't the Latinos you're talking about. When you look at areas that illegals (and their hangers on) concentrate "vibrancy" isn't the word I'd use. ;)

awake and aware
June 25, 2011
There is no need for “English-only” or “English” as an official language of the United States. What we will see in the 2010 Census results once they are all finally released is that the Latino community is a growing and vibrant part of this nation’s future that must be respected. These types of “English-only” provisions are an insult to our culture. Jerry Gonzalez March 2011

senior Senor
June 24, 2011
In an overwhelming majority (69 percent) of people in Mexico thought that the primary loyalty of Mexican-Americans (Mexico- AND U.S.-born) should be to ... Mexico. Just 20 percent said it should be to the United States. The rest were unsure.

E Pitts
June 24, 2011
I am sick of the liberal lies. You can do a search for crop picking job on Americas Job Bank and find less than 30 jobs for for crop workers in the entire state of Georgia. They are not trying to hire legal workers.
Gringo Bob
June 24, 2011
Not many antis even want to acknowledge the H2A guest worker visa. Too funny how this column has the mouth breathers so upset.

"A recent survey of Georgia farmers requested by the governor revealed that only 5 percent had used the legal method to obtain farm help. They have been using the illegals because they could."

He said it perfectly.

June 24, 2011
I for one am shocked, shocked I say, that the fine state of Georgia is not taking the opportunity to showcase crop picking to our American born and educated youngsters who are jobless because the illegals were taking jobs away potential jobs. Why give these jobs to probationers when we have so many young Americans in need of a job? I'm sure they are chomping at the bit to move into a life time of picking crops
June 24, 2011
ScottBcon - I agree with everything you say except for your characterization of the columnist's article.

Why don't you look into the decades long attitudes of the Mexican “elite” and their population at large towards the US. Why don't you look into what it's like for blacks who are living in previously “black” neighborhoods in California that are now overrun by mainly illegals from down south. Whether you like it or not it is an US vs. THEM situation.

The fix in the long run is for produce farmers to embrace the 21st century and start using harvesting machinery like many other parts of the world.
Robert C.
June 23, 2011

"documented workers don't need/don't have to take low wages".

No kidding!

Dishonest American farmers have been running their businesses on the backs of illegal foreign labor (at slave wages) because most "documented" foreign workers, and American born adults, have no need to work in the agricultural industry!. If no illegal aliens were available to do such work, American born citizens and most permanent or temporary foreign nationals would run to take those jobs because they generally already work in less strenuous, better paying industries. What reasonably educated American born adult citizen or legal resident would make a career of back-breaking field work? That's why there is an H2A visa; to provide American farmers with a ready supply of properly vetted foreign laborers to harvest the crops at a decent wage without foisting the health and social services costs of their workforce on the American taxpayer. Enough already, American farmers. No more excuses! The time to start doing the right thing is long past!
June 23, 2011
"For now, even low-wage American jobs pay more than Third World wages."

?!? LOL!!!!

This utterly pathetic clownshoe is now laughably bragging that the low wages paid to millions of Americans are still a tiny, marginally, bit better than what the average Sudanese, Sri Lankan, or Indonesian worker is paid. For now...ie. until this guy, and his ilk, can ruin the wages and working conditions of the working class even further.

The race to the bottom. Brought to you Lord Baldemont in a shocking green blazer and pink tie.

David in Austell
June 23, 2011
ScottBcon: It is the media and the corporate finaced ethnic groups that make it a color issue every single news day.

King is on the money when he notes that if the illegals were not default Dem/lib building material, they would be reported as the criminals they are by the integrity free press. Of course it is a labor issue. It is also a national suvival issue.

Them that finance the politicians usually are succesful in ignoring the labor laws...not here, not this time. The Ga legislature got it just right - which is easy to see by the outward stampede.

Is "it us vs them" to have immigration laws ?

King rocks because he has eggs. And that drives the libs loco.
June 23, 2011
Some good information but your narrative is classical us vs. them; good (conservative, white people) against evil (leftist, brown people). This is really a labor market issue. We don't have free and fair labor markets. Want to hire someone; pay the market rate for his or her labor. It is that simple. When the shoe is on the other foot; supply and demand determines price. So many of our so called capitalists are nothing of the sort. Ignorance of basic economic facts make politicians vulnerable to manipulation by one interest at the expense of the rest of us.
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