As an African-American female citizen of Cobb County, I was very disturbed to read that the ordinance failed that would have required businesses that contract with our county verify the legal status of their workers. I was shocked that Commissioner Lisa Cupid appeared not to have read or understood the ordinance and especially that she voted “No.” Did she not understand the magnitude (of the problem) of the area she represents? The high percentage of unemployed African Americans that reside in her area, and the high percentage of illegal residents in her area that work every day, attend schools — illegals that work with Cobb County businesses that don’t pay taxes or bring revenue to us?
This ordinance has life, and we should not overlook it. If some don’t want it, perhaps you have something to hide. I read that our county legal staff spent hours negotiating the language of the ordinance with D.A. King and they had no problems with the input. ICE needs to do their job.
The county should be bold and watch our money and issue fines to stop paying wages to illegal workers. E-Verify can work in our county with enforcement tools such as the ordinance the commission voted down. It is needed and I feel the ordinance is with merit. It has economic value!
Beverly A. Johnson-Finley