Why is Goreham in dark about IMAGE?
January 29, 2013 01:20 AM | 860 views | 2 2 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

We are following the extremely curious debate in the Cobb Commission about whether or not all contractors doing business with Cobb should apply for the same IMAGE status, which already applies to Cobb County as an employer. It was approved last year by a unanimous vote, including that of Democrat Woody Thompson.

Commission Chairman Tim Lee, with close ties to the business community (perhaps the understatement of the year, but it is only January) had glowing words for the job-saving IMAGE program last year when he signed the agreement with ICE in public. The fact he is reversing himself now and throwing rocks at IMAGE even after his campaign promise to extend IMAGE to contractors shows us how close those ties really are.

Someone should tell Lee he isn’t fooling anyone. Except, perhaps Tea Party Leader J.D. Van Brink. And Cobb Commissioners Goreham and Lisa Cupid, who amazingly cannot seem to make up their mind if protecting citizens’ Social Security numbers, identity, tax dollars and jobs from being stolen by illegal aliens is worth a “yes” vote. It makes me and my (legal) immigrant wife wonder just how far the close ties to the contractors really go.

What really struck us as odd was the comment by Goreham at the hearing on IMAGE that this was somehow “similar to when we were deciding whether or not we were going to sign onto E-Verify.” What?

Back in 2006, my wife spent many hours in the state Capitol as a volunteer lobbyist for the Georgia Security and Immigration Compliance Act that was passed and remains law. It requires all public employers and their contractors to use the E-Verify program. Cobb never had any decision to make. I can’t imagine what or if Goreham is thinking. Or if she knows that a stolen ID can get an illegal worker past E-Verify. But not IMAGE.

We also can’t imagine why she voted for IMAGE last year but suddenly has a problem with this free tool to save us from a repeat of having the news media come in and find illegal workers in our taxpayer-funded jobs, as happened many times on the courthouse construction job.

Like most taxpayers, we support the IMAGE for contractors ordinance. We can’t imagine how any commissioner can possibly get away with a “no” vote after their “yes” vote last year, or how any commissioner, including Democrat Cupid, can turn her back on working-class Cobb citizens. Or how Goreham can be so uneducated on the law.

John and Maria Litland

Marietta
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frogbreath
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January 30, 2013
@Pat H

Per usual, I agree with what you write. I take issue with one statement:

"If a business needs to depend on illegal alien labor, then they should not apply for taxpayer supported contracts."

I feel they should close their doors as they are poor businessmen if they have to break the law to do business.
Pat H
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January 29, 2013
Ms. Goreham would probably rather stay in the dark on this decision but her voters will know who truly makes her decisions - Cobb County contractors who have grown accustomed to breaking the laws by hiring illegal aliens who work cheaper for cash. We, the taxpayers, subsidize this labor force by providing benefits they should not be entitled to have - Section 8, welfare for anchor babies, WIC, food stamps, free schooling with free lunches, and free healthcare.

IMAGE is not a new program. There should not even be a discussion or decision to implement it - there should be a demand by our so-called "representatives".

Chairman Lee's decisions are based on the Chamber's demands. Ms. Cupid should consider her predecessors who ignored the voters and served their self interests. A few small business owners cannot return you to office, Ms. Cupid.

If a business needs to depend on illegal alien labor, then they should not apply for taxpayer supported contracts.
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