D.A. King: Speaker, Lt. Gov. not helping Georgia's workers
by D.A. King
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"15,000 people cross our borders illegally every day. Most of them take jobs from Americans."

- New York Sen. Chuck Schumer on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday, in remarks promoting a repeat of the 1986 amnesty for illegal aliens.

Two bills in the state legislature that would have put real teeth in existing law to help protect Georgia workers - and public benefits - are now dead as stand-alone legislation.

The sounds you may have heard late Friday night were the unsurprised sighs of relief from Jerry Gonzalez of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, the ACLU, Association of County Commissioners of Georgia, the Georgia Municipal Association and the businesses in Georgia that are addicted to illegal labor.

Friday was what is known to frazzled denizens of the Capitol as "crossover day" - day 30 of the 40 annual legislative-day session by which time a bill must come out of a Rules Committee and be passed by either the House or Senate to have a chance at final passage.

Speaker of the House David Ralston and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, both Republicans, refused to allow two important bills out of their respective Rules committees. A third never even saw the inside of any committee room.

House Bill 1259, The Georgia Employer and Worker Protection Act of 2010, authored by Rep. Bobby Reese (R-Sugar Hill), would have required use of the no-cost federal E-Verify program to obtain or renew a business license. It would have ensured that new jobs don't go to illegal aliens. The speaker refused to allow this bill to be heard. HB 1259 would have encouraged illegal aliens to leave Georgia.

Rep. Reese reports being told that his bill was, ahem ... "too controversial."

House Bill 1164, sponsored by Rep. Rick Austin (R-Demorest), began as a well-written, comprehensive fix to the 2006 Georgia Security and Immigration Compliance Act. It would have provided increased local immigration law enforcement and punishment for local governments that are even now ignoring Georgia laws on public benefits and employment eligibility verification. It also contained severe consequences for contractors working on the taxpayer-funded public works projects who hire illegal labor, as was recently exposed on the new Cobb County Courthouse construction project.

After having been eviscerated by the ACCG/GMA in the House Judiciary Committee Chaired by Rep. Wendell Willard (R-Sandy Springs), what remained was rather weak language directed only at contractors. Punishment language for the local governments was completely removed. Willard is the city attorney for Sandy Springs. ACCG/GMA never actually wields the chairman's gavel, but the cozy relationship is clear. Think of the fox in charge of sentry duty at the hen house.

Outraged callers to Speaker Ralston's office asking why such an important and badly needed bill was allowed to die report being told that "there was no time to get the bill out of Rules committee."

But bills that did get out of Rules included one aimed at requiring tanning bed facilities to register with the state, another that sets limits on bear hunting and an apparently urgently needed bill that regulates driving too slowly in the left-hand lane.

In the Senate, SB 460, The Georgia Public Works and Contractor Protection Act, authored by Sen. Judson Hill (R-Cobb), was also designed to create clear, meaningful consequences for local governments and their contractors who ignore existing laws on illegal labor, and giving public benefits to illegal aliens ... including business licenses.

"This legislation sets up a fair and level playing field for everyone involved in public works contracts. The legislation is intended to protect our taxpayer dollars, public employers, and law abiding public contractors, but most importantly help insure that Georgians get the public works jobs. This legislation provides real penalties which can be enforced" says Hill.

With the help of ACCG, GMA opposed the bill. Business opposed the bill. The Lt. Gov. held the bill back in Rules. It died a silent death. So it's "Adios" to a level playing field for honest contractors and unemployed Georgians.

In the Republican-controlled legislature, it seems that bills aimed at the illegal aliens themselves have little trouble becoming Georgia law. But legislation directed at defiant businesses and local governments who are also in clear violation of immigration law? It's a different story.

In non-partisan fairness, I devote the remainder of this space to bills introduced by Georgia Democrats intended to protect working Georgians from the ravages of the crime of illegal immigration.

D.A. King of east Cobb is president of the Dustin Inman Society. He is not a member of any political party.
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Rich too Rich
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April 11, 2010
Rich Pellegrino keeps talking about "his organizations." as my grand daughter writes LOL.

He started protesting for save the whales with his kids on the Square (really) several years ago, then realized he could actually get some attention if he joined up with the open borders crazies who protest enforcement of immigration laws and scream "racism" every five minutes. He then came up with a name for....himself: The Cobb - Cherokee Immigrant Alliance". A coalition of...one. Unless you count his kids.

Now it is just the Cobb Immigrant Alliance, but still...him and his kids.

Rich is sad and amusing and cannot see that his "WE WELCOME ALL IMMIGRANTS" silliness is telling us he is opposed to any restrictions on immigration. OPEN BORDERS, as kIng says it.

As for Jerry Gonzalez, he has been to more hate mongering Socialist Workers seminars and is about a sentence or two ahead of our dear Rich. Jerry works directly for a man named Sam Zamarripa. NOT a great American.

Jerry is so vengefully angry and full of hate that you can see it on his face.

D.A. King needs and deserves more help. The people posting here need to do more than write about what they think he should do. I am sending King a donation and my sincere thanks and respects.

Thank you MDJ- my daughter saved this section for me from our vacation trip. To Mexico. Wouldn't want to live there. Or have it here.

Charles R - Old Marietta
Frankie58
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April 10, 2010
Well Jerry, it's been over a week since I asked you to provide your sources of "a group which has been labeled a hate group", as usual, you CAN'T.
mk-
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April 08, 2010
Pat H., the spinning answer to your question is,... "the neighborhoods they live in are better than the 3rd world, cardboard shack neighborhoods they came from".
Pat H
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April 07, 2010
Jerry, name one neighborhood that has been improved after illegals moved in.
mk,..sic of BS!
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April 07, 2010
Jerry Gonzales, you led protests today AGAINST a safer Georgia-against to make testing to obtain a Georgia D.L., in ENGLISH. You stated this law is an anti-immigrant law. Let me make it a little mo' clear for you,.... It's an anti-ILLEGAL-immigrant law!

Better now?
Darcy Marietta
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April 06, 2010
King tells the truth. That seems to bother a lot of powerful people, and some not so powerful sleezeballs. Good for him.
anonymous
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April 05, 2010
...either that, or he is exactly correct about the taxpayer money that flows into the ACCG/GMA cofers being used to stop enforcement of immigration laws and that the Speaker andf the Lt. Gov are under the thumb of the business lobby that hires illegals while Americans go without.

Which makes King a brave hero who is attacked because he is causing too much uncpomfort for too many well-heeled " notable upstanding pillars of the community." Rock on Mr. King!

anonymous
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April 05, 2010
King is a conspiracy theorist, with racist tendencies. He and his crony Fred Elbel are two peas in a pod.
Jerry is a bug
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April 05, 2010
Jerry Gonzalez should be asked to prove this "hate group" nonsense. If it is from the SPLC...King should boast of it and regard it as high praise from the loony and shameless left nuts.

Jerry is smarter than Rich...which is low praise.
mk-
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April 05, 2010
So glad D.A. King is wide awake, clear minded & not BRAINWASHED,.... like so many (soft) Americans that can't understand what ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS DOING TO HARM THE STABILITY OF OUR COUNTRY!! I am sad for my fellow Americans, that don't have it in them to stand up & protect what we have, before it's all gone.
Laugher in Mayretta
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April 05, 2010
Jerry is a hater of anything American. Rich...nobody pays any attention to anything yoy write or say...ever.
anonymous
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April 04, 2010
It is comical to see the atavistic throwbacks pound on their chest and screech their xenophobic platitudes. This certainly bolsters evolutionary theory. It shall be interesting to see what time weeds out.
Uncle Sam
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April 03, 2010
Go back to fighting for gay rights jerry or is the money lower pay?Two can play at that game Jerry. I will be starting a new site for the true haters of American citizens. I loved it that day when my great friend Shirly spoke up against illegal immigration inside the ACLU room. Then you had the nerve to say that the Minutemen came in an started a scene and you managed to hold them at bay !What a hoot ! I loved that day. We lobbied beside you ! Ha Ha Ha. What a hoot. Shirley is a black 65 year old nurse. She can not stand you and the others. She understands what you and the like have done to black Americans. I wish I could turn black . I hope that we can find a great black man that can stand up to you Jerry. I have come close to finding one. But the poor guy is having problems with WORK. Wow. I will get in touch with him for the next communist meeting you hold.Maybe I will bring an army of black men and parents to stand up against illegal immigration. I just need to become a non profit .Maybe go to school like Nan Oroch and Jerry and learn how to beg for money and inflate the needs. How is that planned parenthood working for ya?
Steve Pope
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April 03, 2010
Rich Pellegrino is full of lies. Lies lies lies lies. Rich is a snake oil salesman ! Rich uses Dr. King and blacks in America along with illegal aliens from all countries. The true studies have always shown that black America is the number one group to be hit the hardest from over immigration and illegal immigration. Black America only makes up 11-12% of the national vote. Obama,Rich and Jerry should be listed as enemies of black citizens in this country and state. NCLR,NALEO,GALEO MALDEF,Laraza, Mecha,Alterna and more all take money from LARGE companies in order to expand a power agenda.

Follow the money trail. Money talks. That is why Jerry's kids stay on the band wagon till another cause that pays well comes along.That is the evil of Socialism/communism/marxism. Power and controle and the Richest stay the rich while everyone else is managed. So far GALEO and the NAACP and Cobb Socialist agenda have managed to take the dream away from black Georgians young and old especialy the black male . SP
Frankie58
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April 02, 2010
Mr. Pellegrino, please, by all means post the source/authors of these audits and research reports so that we can review them.
D. King O'Kings
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April 02, 2010
Mr. King is just like the employers he whines about incessantly. How much money does D.A. make off the backs of unauthorized immigrants that he loathes?

Mr. King, be consistent; if you believe unauthorized immigrants are bad for Georgia stop accepting donations or payments from individuals or hate groups like FAIR or whoever else subsidizes your lifestyle. Get an honest job where your money isn't dependent upon the presence of immigrants being in Georgia. Otherwise you are just like the employers you seek to criminalize.

How sad you chose Holy Week to crucify the poor with your vitriole. I can hear Jesus saying to you, "Father, forgive him for he knows not what he does."
Rich Pellegrino
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April 02, 2010
It's Good Friday--can we have a little honesty here: All independent audits and research indicates that undocumented immigrants are not taking jobs but are actually creating jobs by their huge spending power. I have written over and over again--if anyone feels they have been displaced by an immigrant worker I and my coalition of organizations will help you find a job--contact me at pilgrim1@mindspring.com. (I have never had a taker so there just must be a lot of complainers here who don't want to work.)

It is high time that we take responsibility for our own actions or inactions and stop blaming others. (A little history lesson--not long ago we blamed the African Americans and tried to get rid of them, and before that it was the italians, the irish, etc.--many of whom came here illegally--and the story goes on and on--if you want to read the history of immigration and related prejudice I will send you a free book.)
Frankie58
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April 02, 2010
Hey Jerry, labeled by who??? The pro-illegal groups that who because I can't find on any other site where the Dustin Inman Society is listed as a "hate" group other then Laraza, Maldef...
mk-
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April 02, 2010
To person hiding behind anonymous- I don't have to answer to you,... but FYI anyway, I do MY PART- I am involved w/ anti-illegal groups, stay infomed, write & call my legislatures, meet w/ my legislatures, present ideas to legislatures, speak in public forums, don't hire illegals, stay abreast of other states laws & legislation, wave an American flag, attend rallies, & support D.A. KING!! D.A. has a GROUP & a website & a following-- so it is up to people like him to pull rallies together!

People like you, anonymous, are the type that are - GOOD FOR NOTHING!!!
Jerry Gonzalez
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April 02, 2010
Donald Arthur King is a convicted felon who leads a group which has been labeled a hate group.
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