D.A. King: Some bothersome facts about illegal immigration
by D.A. King
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May 01, 2012 12:00 AM | 4119 views | 31 31 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Some illegal immigration facts that may be of interest to curious readers during Georgia’s campaign season:

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.
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Carmen3
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May 04, 2012
Anonymous writes:" The numbers that have been bandied about by FAIR et al include those who are - much to your chagrin - citizens of the United States. What you and yours call "anchor babies."

I have news for you, Anonymous.

I live in California, ground zero and the welfare state for illegal aliens. it costs Californians over $20 Billion a year to educate, medicated and incarcerate illegal aliens. Just in the Los Angeles County, it costs $570 Million a year on food stamps and welfare for anchor babies. This was stated in an article in the L.A. Times, 9/3/10. The L.A. Times is not a "right wing" newspaper.

California has a state budget deficit of $25 Billion.

By the way, I am an American citizen of Hispanic heritage, I am on a fixed income and I could lose my home if California succeeds in raising property taxes. Most illegal aliens don't pay income tax and those who do, report low wages and many dependents that they get tax returns.

Illegal immigration is destroying California. Don't let that happen to your state! Georgia is lucky to have D.A. King!
anonymous
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May 05, 2012
@Carmen3: So, you don't believe that American citizens should be treated equally? That we should have a "class" system of citizenship? You're pitiful (just like D.A. King), and I don't believe a thing you say. Or is that you, King?
anonymous
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May 06, 2012
Also keep in mind that King featured one Chris Simcox at his 2005? DC rally. Simcox stated once that "I feel that the people that are coming across, invading this country, I think that they should be treated as enemies of the state. We need to putting them in work camps. Anyone could walk through these borders of this country bringing bombs, chemicals, weapons of mass destruction. I think they should be shot on sight, personally."
lance sjogren
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May 02, 2012
Congratulations, you have failed the human test, being unable to read passwords apparently written by someone after downing a fifth of Tequila.
lance sjogren
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May 02, 2012
Interesting the comment about using the term "illegal alien" in the Supreme Court.

Apparently if you want to be taken seriously as a high official in the judiciary you have to use the term "illegal alien".

On the other hand, if you want to win the favor of the half-wit journalist community, go with "undocumented immigrant" instead. Or, better yet, just lie completely and use the term "immigrant".
anonymous
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May 02, 2012
Ali, careful how you count "illegal aliens." The numbers that have been bandied about by FAIR et al include those who are - much to your chagrin - citizens of the United States. What you and yours call "anchor babies."

And you have conveniently left out one fact about how much tax money that the "illegal aliens" actually pay: $11.2 billion. That would be a $7 billion net positive to the United States.
Mary Grabar
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May 02, 2012
I was struck by the fact that almost everything was in Spanish at the rally. This truly did feel like an invasion. Back in my day, I was taught that to use my native Slovenian language in the presence of English speakers was rude. And so it was accepted. How far we've come from the day when refugees from East European communist countries were grateful to have sponsors and come here to work and live.
Ali999
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May 02, 2012
Anonymous--Try accounting for the billions that we spend on educating illegal aliens. Alabama found out that they're not even allowed to count the number of illegal alien children in their schools. And try finding out how many illegal aliens are using healthcare when hospitals, etc., will not and are not required to verify immigration status. The best anyone, including the federal government, can do is estimate based on guessing and assumptions.

One fact we do know for sure: the US Treasury paid out $4.2 billion last year to illegal aliens who filed for the child tax credit using ITINs.
anonymous
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May 01, 2012
Kathleen, if there are billions of dollars in costs due to illegal immigration, then why, now that the legislation has passed here in GA, can nobody show us where those billions went?

Jack Murphy stated it would save the state somewhere around $2 billion, but refused to provide any source information, or to call for a fiscal note. They relied entirely on information provided by CIS (a group affiliated with FAIR), and did no independent verification.

Right-wing Americans just need someone to hate, I guess.
Off Balance
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May 01, 2012
@anonymous

You challenge Kathleen and then provide no data yourself. Next, you use an old debating ploy by challenging the validity of a possible source, showing you are aware of what is available at that source and you had better discredit it before Kathleen may answer you.

You are very transparent and may, in real life, (real), truly be an alter ago of Foley.
John HW
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May 01, 2012
no , regular Americans hate illegal aliens. Come here legally . We have too amny problems already . Go ahed and try to live in any other country in the world , even our friendly neighbor Canada controls immigration . Why can we not ?
anonymous
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May 02, 2012
@Off Balance

There are several sources of information that have done a much better job of discrediting FAIR, CIS, NumbersUSA, etc. I'll leave it to them.

My question was meant to solicit realistic feedback proving that there is a financial positive to suppressing the admittedly illegal immigration of Central Americans to the US. Can you do that?
Whoa Bubba
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May 01, 2012
Actually, the state law is titled "Verification of lawful presence" and the passports ARE used to "prove" legal status...therefore a contradiction of the intent of the law.

But you hope that never gets out, right?

I know. I actually read the law and what Mr. King writes. As far a "net zero" idea from the Pew Center...wait until Pew confirms that Santa is on his way to make you feel better.

Most Georgians will say NO to undocumented passports. Regardless of the national origin of the illegal alien.

Thank you D.A. King!

Concerned Advocate
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May 01, 2012
As always, this column misses the point. Maybe we can all calm down on the xenophobic, racist, and hateful legislation since net migration from Mexico (which, let's be honest, is the country that concerns you) is at zero?

Refusal to accept a foreign passport issued by a foreign government as identification is not a safety issue. It's dangerous foreign policy. No one using a passport issued by a foreign government entity has ever suggested that it gives them some sort of lawful status in our country, unless it possesses some DHS authorization therein (like a temporary residency stamp, I-551, or immigrant or nonimmigrant visa, which of course are currently used, CAN be used, and FOREVER will be used as evidence of lawful status in the United States for myriad reasons). If I am a citizen of, say, Guatemala and for whatever reason (probably just to aggravate Mr. King) find myself in Georgia. Whether I have no immigration papers, whether I am here on a visitor visa, whether I have come on an immigrant visa to live with my husband or mom, I am entitled to use a Guatemalan passport as ID. It's official and says who I am, and has my picture on it, which is important for a lot of reasons that have nothing to do with the witch-hunt for people who are out of status with the various branches of DHS.

The Arizona case at SCOTUS clearly has nothing to do with the word you so carelessly and ignorantly use, as was also stated ad nauseam by the justices.

May Day has always been a day for justice for workers. I'm sure you have never benefited from ANY of those before you who fought for the human rights of Anglo workers.

Thanks as always for an exciting read.
frogbreath
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May 01, 2012
@concerned advocate

You make me sick by accusing people who oppose illegal immigration as racists and xenophobes. If that is your best shot--don't bother me. It is old, worn out and a last ditch desparate attempt to try to divert the intent of the message by focusing on a couple of words and arguing their validity by your definition.

Good night Mrs Calabash! Weak argument.
Ali999
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May 02, 2012
If your foreign passport does NOT have a visa stamped into it or proof of legal entry, then it's not valid for anything other than showing who you are and that you are in fact a citizen of the country that issues it. The lack of stamps, etc., from the US is proof that you lack legal status, as DA says.
Kevin Foley
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May 01, 2012
It must be frustrating to work so hard on writing legislation only to have it ignored by Gov. Deal and Speaker Ralston.

But why are you flummoxed by their reaction, Mr. King? Who's going to do all those dirty, backbreaking, low wage jobs Georgians won't do if undocumented workers aren't around? Ask the farmers downstate or the chicken producers over in Gainesville. They'll give you the answer.

Could it be the governor and speaker are facilitating the black labor market?
Robert Johnson
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May 01, 2012
Hey Foley, you sad little race-baiter - when do you attack Justice Sotomayor for using the term illegal alien? hahahahahahahahahahaha You need to get help before you try to attack King again. What fun you are.
Off Balance
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May 01, 2012
Foley--I propose, re: those dirty, backbreaking, low wage jobs, (I firmly challenge the passe'"that Americans won't do"), that we restore the wage level, as low as you feel it was, back to where it was before the ILLEGAL ALIENS came and took the jobs for lower wages.

I believe you will find many Americans who will be happy to take the jobs.

In your fantasy world, could you try to explain why, for example, the jobs at Gold Kist processing plant in Ellijay became populated by undocumented workers (added that to stroke your new dictionary), while all the Americans disappeared? Did all those folks who worked there decide--"Hey , this is a job I am not supposed to do?"--and quit?

Is that how it works? How come the Georgia farmers do not use the H2A private agencies to hire their farm workers? The agencies allege they can get all the H2A workers they need legally. Do you suppose it is because of the regulations that the farmers must pay decent wages and provide decent accommodations for the guest workers--(notice they are not ILLEGAL ALIENS, since they get here legally through the H2A employment agencies.

You do not know of what you speak. You defend the illegal activities of those seeking to achieve higher profits via 21st century slave labor.

Ooops, I heard recently that the word "slave" is no longer a word.
mk-
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May 01, 2012
I WILL, for one, mr Foley! I've busted my butt every damn day,.. blood , sweat & tears,.. just to stay afloat over the last 10 years,..ever since my occupation was handed to illegals on a silver platter.

Americans have been screwed over by traitors allowing cheap wages to benefit those at the helm!

The propaganda you help spread, mr Foley, that Georgians won't do the 'dirty work' is just that,.. PROPAGANDA! It's not that all the hard working Americans that HAVE worked labor jobs such as dishwashing, landscaping, carpentry, drywall, line cooks, painting , etc', etc.,for the last 100-200 years,don't want these jobs,.. they just can't work them anymore at the intentionally suppressed wages these intruders are willing to do it for.

Its not a level playing field.

Many Americans just won't get it,.. till they come for YOUR job, too!

D.A.,.. just know your on the side of good!

Never give up & never back down!!

America needs your voice!

Ali999
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May 02, 2012
You mean, those dirty low wage jobs that Americans and legal immigrants would do if they paid decent wages? Pew Hispanic Center reports that 75% of agricultural jobs are done by legal workers, but I guess you prefer to exploit illegal aliens. After all, if legalized, they'd demand better wages and working conditions, just as Americans and legal workers now expect. And there goes that cheap illegal labor you seem to want. By the way, why can't farmers use H2-A which provides them with unlimited LEGAL workers?
anonymous
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May 02, 2012
@mk,

Well, get thee to a farm and start picking, Mary.
Kathleen3
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May 01, 2012
Nathan Deal, along with any and every elected or appointed official, who does not aggressively uphold and enforce our immigration laws is guilty of aiding and abetting illegal aliens and violating their oaths of office.

Deal and others who allow illegal aliens to roam our state/country with impunity, burdening taxpayers with billions of dollars per year for services they provide to them, are guilty of gross and willful dereliction of duty. If anyone can spearhead a movement to have them removed from office it is D.A. King.
Off Balance
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May 01, 2012
@Gene Reboy

Your hammer in the second paragraph hit two nails on the head--interesting Sotomayor comment and dear old communist Foley.

Good job.
Marie in Marietta
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May 01, 2012
On Kevin Foley: you mean Hammer AND sickle
misterbill
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May 01, 2012
D A Thanks for keeping us up to date and thanks for all your effort on behalf of Americans.

Many do not understand how the foundation is eroding and will not know until the wall collapses.

Many in the trades who have seen their unemployment benefits run out, do understand what is happening.

Too bad it took the bread off their tables before they were aware of what ids happening.

An estimate over 7 million American jobs are held by illegal aliens.

These are known as the jobs that Americans will do!!!
Pat H
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May 01, 2012
Great column and thanks to MDJ for giving DA a forum to a real patriot. We would have expected more and received more from Karen Handel.

Please go to DA's website for the Dustin Inman Society and sign up to receive his emails in time to make demands of Ralston and Deal. Also, make sure they hear your displeasure next election.
West Cobb Resident
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May 01, 2012
It would have been nice to hear about some of these developments before the legislative session ended.
Marie in Marietta
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May 01, 2012
West Cobb resident: D.A. King sends out a free newsletter and those of us who are on it have known this since it was happening. We tried to stop it with phone calls to the Gov and to the Speaker. The illegals won in the Ga. Capitol. We lost.
Gene Reboy
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May 01, 2012
I am shocked to learn that the legislators didn't get an immigration bill out. More so to learn that it was because they weren't allowed to vote on one. Who is Deal and Ralston working for these days anyway? (Agriculture slavers?)

Mr. King always gives us the truth that is somehow left unreported by the news department. Why is that? The last part about Sotomayor saying ILLEGAL ALIEN is hilarious...isn't it Kevin Foley?

I look forward to hearing about the illegals at the Capitol. They should all be arrested but something tells me they will be the victims in today's news shows. Thank you Mr. King!
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