Georgia House Committee on “barriers” to foreign-born solicits one-sided presentations

Opinion

Written by: D.A. King

Illegal alien invited witness – barriers to legally present immigrants not clear in first of three hearings

Readers who would oppose possible state legislation to allow foreign nationals to be certified law enforcement officers in Georgia may want to prepare. It’s a goal of one participant in last week’s meeting of the ‘House Study Committee on Innovative Ways to Maximize Global Talent.’

Many thanks to Insider Advantage Georgia (subscription) for last week’s news report educating readers on the existence of this committee and the Clarkston – located meeting.

Chairman, Rep Wes Cantrell (R – Woodstock), outlined his committee’s purpose at the August 19 meeting “…this committee has been formed to identify and make recommendations for removal of any barriers that limit the impact of our foreign-born population.” He made it clear input from the corporate-funded “expert” witnesses had been solicited.

Rep. Wes Cantrell

The speakers offered repeated attempts to blur any distinction in context between “foreign-born” and residents who are foreign nationals. Most Georgians, including this one, don’t have a problem with naturalized Americans becoming law enforcement officers. But that’s not what the activist from Business & Immigration for Georgia Darlene C. Lynch was selling.

“We have outdated barriers and regulations that are preventing people from contributing to the economy. Foreign-born people who worked with the U.S. military in Afghanistan in the military security system who can’t be police officers in their own community in Georgia because we have restrictive regulations in Georgia” was part of Lynch’s presentation.

There were many references to “barriers” for “foreign-born Georgians”, but little detail on exactly what barriers are in place keeping any legally present individual from full participation in the Georgia economy. We won’t be surprised to see an expansion of the agenda. Will the state E-Verify laws requiring verification of work eligibility for newly hired employees come up as an “outdated barrier” in a future meeting?  We’ll see.

There was no opportunity for public input beyond the pre-arranged witnesses. There should be.

This pro-enforcement writer is a long-time, reluctant denizen of the Gold Dome who has assisted lawmakers with legislation aimed at discouraging illegal immigration by deterring access to illegal employment and illegal access to public benefits. I asked for the opportunity to provide more realistic input in either of the two upcoming committee meetings. That request was denied.

It may be true that the first 236 names in the Hahira phone directory have at least as much knowledge on immigration and most Georgia legislators. So the day’s entry-level lesson for the committee had a segment on “key terms.”

Here we learned that an “immigrant” is “a person who has left their country of nationality to live permanently in a new country.” This is true in a dictionary, but not in practice. Managing language and the endless effort to blur any line between legal immigrants and illegal aliens is the bedrock of the open border lobbying effort.

Real immigrants do not require amnesty.

The mindset presented is that the million-plus illegal aliens who have already crossed our southern border this year are merely “immigrants.” And the foreign-born who routinely enter the U.S. on legal, non-immigrant, temporary visas and become illegal aliens when they refuse to leave are as worthy of accommodation as the million foreign-born we naturalize every year. Fact: For the seventh consecutive year, in 2019 visa overstays exceeded illegal border crossings (NPR).

Not all committee members are elected officials

The committee on eliminating “barriers” has two non-legislator members who will effect the coming recommendations.

Legislators are Wes Cantrell (R), Woodstock (Chair), Kasey Carpenter (R), Dalton, Mike Cheokas (R), Americus, Angelika Kausche, (D), Johns Creek, Spencer Frye, (D), Athens.  Carpenter was absent.

Also Shushma Barakoti from the Refugee Women’s Network and Rene Diaz, CEO of Diaz Foods. Diaz is a past Atlanta Business Chronicle ‘Top 100 Most Influential Atlantans.’ He and his wife Barbara are a “Buckhead Power Couple.” Diaz is also Founding Friend of the well-known anti-enforcement, immigration lobbying group GALEO Inc.

One of the witnesses on a panel discussion was an illegal alien DACA recipient, Jaime Rangel – a former GALEO staffer and now a lobbyist under the Gold Dome for Mark Zuckerburg’s pro-amnesty FWDus.

For this writer, the most irrelevant, eye-rolling remarks of the day came from state Rep Spencer Frye as he introduced himself to the room. “Unless anybody in here is full-blooded American Indian, I reckon we’re all immigrants of some sort.”

Rep. Spencer Frye

Rep. Spencer Frye

Frye did not speculate on from where the Indians migrated. But he did follow with “while I look like I look, I am absolutely descended from immigrants to the United States of America.”

Official House video of the committee meeting here. Photos here. Program here. The next meeting is at Dalton State College, September 9, and a final meeting in the state Capitol in early October.

D.A. King is president of the Dustin Inman Society and proprietor of ImmigrationPolitics GA.com. He is an independent voter. This essay originally appeared on the subscription website, Insider Advantage Georgia.

The views and beliefs expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily represent Fetch Your News (FYN).

Pro-amnesty candidate for U.S. Senate endorsed by sixty Georgia sheriffs

Opinion

Written by D.A. King

Gary Black’s stated position on amnesty and indentured servitude not widely known

A week after criticizing legendary UGA football star Herschel Walker, Georgia’s Republican Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black announced the backing of sixty Georgia sheriffs for his 2022 senate run.

As we have written before, in his 2011 testimony to a Senate committee, Black, a former longtime Ag lobbyist, recommended the U.S. repeat the failed “one-time” amnesty of 1986 for the illegal aliens growers employ with little concern of sanction.

According to multiple estimates, Georgia is home to more illegal aliens than Arizona and more illegals than green cardholders. Agriculture is the state’s largest industry.

After they obtained legal status in the 1986 amnesty, many farmworkers decided to change jobs and left the exhausting work in the blistering fields to the next wave of black market labor. In his senate testimony, Black made it clear to the senate he hopes to meet that fact with a restriction. Black told the senate that having been legalized, farmworkers should be restricted to the agriculture industry to renew their legal status.

A similar indenture scheme is part (Section 111) of the current amnesty for illegal alien farmworkers legislation Senate Democrats hope to pass in the upcoming Reconciliation bill. The amnesty bill cleared the Democrat-ruled House earlier this year.

President Biden ran on a promise of amnesty. Photo: USA Today

We have no way of knowing the various sheriff’s position on immigration amnesty of if they were aware of Black’s previous commitment to the concept of indenture for a path to U.S. citizenship and voter rolls for millions of illegal aliens. We do know that indentured servitude was officially outlawed in 1865 when the 13th Amendment ended slavery in the U.S.

“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

More information on Black’s record on illegal immigration can be found in earlier write-ups on Gary Black and immigration enforcement on ImmigrationPoliticsGa.com and the Dustin Inman Society blog page.

Is your sheriff on the list?

Curious Georgia readers may want to see a list provided by the liberal Atlanta Journal Constitution newspaper of the sheriffs who have endorsed Black and his immigration ideals.

D.A. King is president of the Georgia-based Dustin Inman Society

Feature image is courtesy of WABE/NPR.

The views and beliefs expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily represent Fetch Your News (FYN).

Georgia GOP should emulate Oklahoma Republicans on reaping funding from underground economy to raise pay for law enforcement

Opinion

Written by D.A. King

Lobbyist pressure against new $100 million annual revenue source

Georgia State House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) has proposed a bonus payment to local law enforcement in a $75 million funding package.

We don’t think that goes nearly far enough to help the brave men and women who risk – and lose – their lives fighting the growing crime in Georgia. But across the board raises are apparently out of the question because of the usual reason…funding.

We have a funding solution.

While it is largely ignored in political circles, there is an enormous amount of money leaving Georgia every year before it can circulate in the state economy.

There exists a proven method to tap into that money and the majority of new revenue would come from drug dealers and illegal aliens.

We have been telling Georgians for years that this vast, untapped source of new revenue is readily available if the Republican-ruled House can find the courage to defy the powerful illegal alien lobby and the money transfer lobby. Oklahoma Republicans passed and implemented this system more than a decade ago.

Georgia voters should be asking why Governor Kemp and all concerned under the Gold Dome are ignoring this proven successful process that would create a new revenue stream estimated to add about $100 million to the Georgia coffers annually. You read that correctly. $100 million. Every year.

The new revenue stream would come without costing Georgia tax-filers a penny.

What is it? A small, 100% refundable fee on funds wired out of Georgia, that taxpayers/filers could easily recoup on their state tax returns.

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House Speaker David Ralston

In simple terms, it goes like this: Let’s say you wire $1,000.00 to Aunt Tilly in South Carolina to help with her upcoming surgery costs. When you send the helpful payment out, the wire service would add on a small extra fee  (around 2%) – which you would get back when you file your tax return or a simple, short form explaining that you are not required to file a return because of low income.

The wire transfer agency would be compensated for the collection effort.

The same fee would be added to the money that illegal aliens and drug dealers (and both) send back home from Georgia.

The government of Mexico alone received about $41 billion mostly American dollars last year in what is known as “remittances.” That is more money than Mexico made on oil revenues. Domingo Ramos Medina, a noted economist in Tijuana, says American government assistance that included U.S. stimulus checks and unemployment helped many families in Mexico stay afloat during quarantine.

Georgia has more illegal aliens than Oklahoma and many more than Arizona. We don’t have figures on how many American dollars are sent out of Georgia by drug dealers, but Atlanta is a known terminus for that insidious organized crime.

The income for the state in this proven plan comes from the fact that the huge majority of illegal aliens and drug dealers do not file a tax return. So they would not get back the wire transfer fee that paid in. That money would go into the Georgia budget. Get it?

Fake news prevention for liberal media activists

The liberal Atlanta Journal Constitution newspaper has inaccurately reported that the fully refundable wire transfer fee would be a “tax” and that it would only apply to foreigners sending money to their home countries. And they didn’t seem to like the idea that it would affect illegal aliens. The truth is that the refundable wire transfer fee would apply to everyone who wired money out of Georgia regardless of its final destination.

Everyone who files a state tax return or special short-form can get the fee back.

Governor Brian Kemp

To illustrate the constant growth in revenue this idea has produced in Oklahoma since it became law, we posted collections by year (to 2019) since it began here from the Oklahoma Tax Commission.

Readers who want to help should ask Gov. Kemp (404-656-1776), Speaker Ralston (404-656-5020) and their own state Republican House Reps when they will do what Oklahoma has already done.

The new revenue should be dedicated to helping our state and local law enforcement.

D.A. King is president of the Georgia-based Dustin Inman Society and an independent voter. Follow him on Twitter @DAKDIS

The views and beliefs expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily represent Fetch Your News (FYN).

Immigration, borders, Democrat amnesty not a campaign issue for Republican candidate for GA-06, Jake Evans

Opinion

Written by D.A. King

At least one Republican candidate to re-take the congressional seat in Georgia’s 6th District has obviously decided that immigration, borders, enforcement, amnesty, American workers and the Biden regime’s intake of a reported million or so illegal aliens in about six months is not a campaign issue.

We give you Jake Evans. We predict he will continue to advance in Georgia Republican politics.

Below is a transcript of July 13, 2021, Erick Erickson WSB radio interview (Listen here: S10 EP116 HOUR 3 – 10 minutes) with Republican Jake Evans who had officially announced his candidacy for Congress, GA-06 the same day. Evans sent out an email announcement the next morning boasting of a one-day collection of $100,000 in campaign collections.

Jake Evans is the son of the influential Georgia Republican mover and shaker, Randy Evans. 

Law.com Daily Report: “After serving as U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg since 2018, trial lawyer and Republican heavy-hitter Randy Evans is returning to full-time law practice as a partner at Squire Patton Boggs, where he will work from the firm’s Atlanta and Washington, D.C., offices.”

Please let us know if we overlooked any mention of immigration, Biden’s use of U.S. military to distribute future Democrat voters, or that Republican-ruled Georgia is host to more illegal aliens than Arizona and more illegals than green cardholders?

Jake Evans. Photo: East Cobb News

Transcript:

Erick Erickson (host)… [inaudible 00:00:00] conversationalists everywhere. It’s Erick Erickson here, the Erick Erickson Show from my flagship station, WSB in Atlanta, across the fruited plane. The phone number is (877) 97-ERICK, (877) 973-7425. So one of the most hotly contested congressional races in the United States of America is going to take place very close to where I am. The sixth congressional district of Georgia is a district that had been Republican. Uh, Jon Ossoff tried to take it several years ago, lost to Karen Handel in a special election. The Democrats captured it in 2018, and we’re barely able to hang onto it in 2020. Redistricting is upon us. Rumors are afoot, the district will be made a little more Republican. It’s the sort of seat Republicans have to take nationwide in order to beat Nancy Pelosi and take back the House of Representatives.

There are a number of people running in this seat. Uh, one of them announced today, Jake Evans, who joins me by phone. Welcome.

Jake Evans: Hi. Good to be here, Erick. Good to be here.

Erick Erickson: So, uh, uh, tell us, uh, first of all, I mean, the, the, the big picture here of why you’re running.

Jake Evans, absolutely. Uh, well, i- for those who don’t know me, my name is Jake Evans. I, I am very blessed to grow up in, in Georgia politics. Um, and this year I was very blessed to marry a beautiful bride. We got married in March. Uh, and as we are, we live in Cobb County, we look at the future, uh, we look at a very endangered America. We look at an America where Joe Biden is trying to make America like the rest of the world, like the socialist countries of the world, and we should be making Ameri- the rest of the world like America. Uh, and that is something that is very, very disturbing to me. I could stand by, but we’re not gonna stand by. It’s time to stand up and fight for the future of our country and for our children to have the opportunity to pursue the American dream, uh, just like we did.

Uh, and so I feel a calling, and it’s time to put myself forward in what will be a very difficult fight. As you said earlier, the sixth congressional district is a battleground district, but it is a district that is not represented by the proper person, and that is Lucy McBath, uh, who has consistently tried to erase our culture, our values, our American identity, said that we are inherently racist country, and that’s something that I don’t think anyone in the sixth district or more generally Americans, uh, should stand up for or put up with.

And so, what I am going to do is I’m going to deliver a bold conservative value campaign about big ideas, uh, that sells to the American people and delivers to the American people.

And so I have generated what I call an acronym, which is SELL. Number one, security. Uh, we’ve got to protect domestic security, which is we need to s- protect, uh, our local law enforcement. National security, we need to support our troops abroad and we need to provide them, uh, with the supplies they need to keep us safe at home. And I, I will fully, uh, put forward, uh, Reagan’s motto, which is pe- peace by strength. And we need to protect our family, our communities. Families are the bedrock of the United States of America, and it’s something that we have to make sure our children are growing up in two person households, which is one of the number one indicators for success.

Uh, the E in SELL is for education. Uh, I’m a big proponent of free market principles, and we need to inject free market principles via school choice, and return the choice of schools to American families and away from the federal government, and we need to eradicate critical race theory, which divides children at four, five, six years old. It’s something that we can’t withstand, uh, to allow to go forward because we need a united America, united children because if we look at the aggressive China, and the, as they become more strengthened, our future generations have to be educated.

My first L is for liberty, economic liberty, personal liberty, religious liberty. We need to protect the liberties that this country was founded on. And last is L, limited government, limited regulation, limited government intrusion. These are the foundational principles which enable the United States of America to be the best country on earth, uh, that create create- creativity, uh, economic ingenuity, and that’s what distinguishes us from the rest of our peers. So, we have a very bold conservative big idea campaign, and we are fully prepared to what I say usher in the great contract to retake America.

Erick Erickson: Well, let me e- go back to something you said, uh, about Lucy McBath, and I don’t know that this in- uh, amazingly I think if a Republican had said something like this, it would be national news and we’d still be talking about it. But she was caught on tape off record speaking candidly, as all politicians do off the record, and said she did think that this country is founded in racism. I, I was… I, I’m kind of shocked that she said this at a donor group. I realize it’s what a lot of progressive think these days, but, uh, for her to say it as a candidate in that district is something.

Jake Evans: I, no you’re exactly right, Erick. Um, and, you know, what the liberals currently do is their only tool to invigorate their base, uh, and harm our base is divide and conquer, is to divide and conquer. And the way they do that is they consistently bring up race when race is not an issue. Uh, and her goal is she knows the only way she can beat the Republican party or a part- a party that consistently beats the Democrats on ideas, on policy, on results is to divide us. Uh, and we can’t succumb to that.

Jake Evans: But the, the greatest country on earth is something that we have to protect. Uh, it’s something that we cannot and should not be ashamed of. Have we overcome adversity? Yes. But I will guarantee you, every individual at some point has made mistakes and they’ve overcame those mistakes and they’ve become better, and that’s exactly what this country has become and is today.

Now Jake, a, a, a lot of folks who run for Congress, uh, start talking about the national big picture stuff, but also all politics is local, and there are a lot of issues the sixth congressional district, for those listening, uh, who, who don’t know where it is, it’s the northern metro area of Atlanta, uh, it is, uh, an increasingly populated area. It, I think that area of the state now is listed as number eight in the nation for worst traffic. Uh, you’ve got, uh, a massive number of schools there, but some of which are going down the critical theory path.

Mm-hmm (affirmative).

I mean, uh, i- in the all politics is local thing, what, what do you see in the sixth congressional district as kind of the, the big issues that voters need to know?

Mm-hmm (affirmative). The big issues are education, there’s crime. Uh, people move to the sixth congressional district, and as you just said, Erick, we’ve got east Cobb, some of the best schools in the state of Georgia, we’ve got north Fulton, some of the best schools in the state of Georgia, uh, and people move to east Cobb because they want to raise a family, and they want to raise a family in a safe suburb, uh, and we have to maintain that and work for the sixth district to, to maintain its distinguishing characteristics. And the, how do we do that? As I said earlier, security. We have to support our law enforcement with- with being a law, uh, a police officer is one of the hardest jobs that exist. You are putting your life on the line.

Uh, my, my cousin is actually- actually a deputy sheriff and I was talking to him about this back whenever all the BLM stuff was going on. And he gave me a great analogy, which kind of touched me, which he said, “If I’m driving down the interstate and someone commits a crime, and I can pull that person over and- or I can let them go. If I pull them over and they flee or they attempt to in any way be threatening, I have to worry about baseless accusations that I was doing it for racis- racist motives,” which they weren’t. He has to worry about, uh, the person in any- any way coming at him. And we live in a world where a lot of police officers say, “You know what? I’m just gonna let this person go.”

Erick Erickson: 

And that has created the massive crime wave that we have throughout Georg- throughout Atlanta, uh, and it, it is bleeding throughout our communities, and we have to stop it. We’re a country based upon law and order, and if we let that be eroded, uh, then our whole community and the basis upon which this country is founded- founded will equally be eroded. We can’t let that happen.

Erick Erickson: Now, this district, how do you see redistricting shaping up? Because you- you, Meagan Hanson and the others who are, are jumping into this, you’re, you’re kind of flying blind in that you’ve got David Ralston saying, uh, they’re not even gonna start drawing the maps until frost is on the pumpkins, which means that maybe-

Jake Evans: Yeah.

Erick Erickson: … the end of October, probably beginning of November. And then you’ve got, what a primary that jumps out at you in March or, or May. Uh, so how do you see this shaping up?

Jake Evans: Mm-hmm (affirmative). And there is a lot of uncertainty, but I am in this race not for political opportunism. I’m not in this race, uh, in hopes that I’m gonna get an easy, uh, district. I’m in this race to deliver for the people in the sixth district, because the people of the sixth district demand and deserve good and proper representation that’s gonna deliver results, that’s gonna keep the sixth district, which is one of the best districts in the country, in my opinion, uh, that way. And if we don’t fight the liberal attack on America, the liberal attack on the values that made America the greatest country on earth, we’re gonna lose this fight. And I’m not gonna let that happen under my watch, uh, so I’m not gonna stand by. I’m gonna stand up and I’m gonna deliver for the people in the sixth district.

Erick Erickson: Jake, listen, uh, I appreciate you stopping by, and good luck to you on the campaign trail….

End of interview.

D.A. King is proprietor of ImmigrationPoliticsGA.com and president of the Dustin Inman Society. He is not a member of any political party.

This report was originally posted on the Dustin Inman Society website.

The views and beliefs expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily represent Fetch Your News (FYN).

Kemp risks defeat by ignoring promises on illegal immigration

Opinion

Written by: D.A. King

Governor defiant in silence on misery of trusting Georgians

D.A. King

D.A. King

That Governor Brian Kemp has a reelection problem is not news. The fact that much of it concerns Georgia’s illegal immigration crisis and Kemp’s broken promises on that topic will likely never be in “the news.”

Brian Kemp

As noted by the liberal AJC at the time, Kemp’s first TV ad in the 2018 Republican gubernatorial primary cited Americans who had been killed by illegal aliens and portrayed him as “tough on illegal immigration.”

During that summer Kemp went on to pledge to end sanctuary policies in Georgia and to create a registry of criminal aliens. Many observers, including this one, attribute then-President Trump’s final decision to endorse Kemp in the primary to his pro-enforcement claims on illegal immigration.

“As governor, conservative businessman Brian Kemp will create a comprehensive database to track criminal aliens in Georgia.  He will also update Georgia law to streamline deportations from our jails and prisons” went the detailed promise Kemp made on his 2018 campaign website.  It should be noted that the same page has now been edited to reflect this same but considerably less vocal pledge on the 2022 campaign website. It’s part of the Brian Kemp “Track and Deport Plan.” Never mind that governors have no authority to deport anyone.

Note that the “watchdog media” is silent on the fact that Kemp has not so much as commented on these campaign promises since the 2018 primary.

One can only imagine the howls of outrage from Georgia’s agenda-driven press if Kemp had pledged to push legislation to give illegal aliens instate tuition and then silently betrayed that promise.

Perhaps the Kemp TV ad from 2018 that best illustrates his apparent contempt for GOP voter’s intelligence and memory was the now famous TV hit in which he told us “I got a big truck in case I need to round up criminal illegals and take ‘em home myself. Yep, I just said that.” In total, we refer to Kemp’s empty promises on illegal immigration in Georgia as “the Big Truck Trick.”

Twenty-one years ago today: A Georgia family destroyed

Photo: L-R: Dustin, Kathy, Billy Inman, circa 2000. DIS with permission.

Today marks the twenty-first anniversary of sixteen year-old Dustin Inman’s death by illegal immigration. Last week was the second anniversary of Dustin’s dad, Billy Inman’s heart stopping. Earlier this month Kathy Inman, Dustin’s mom, had to be moved from her family home in Woodstock to a nursing home.

Dustin was killed when an illegal alien plowed into the back of the Inman family car stopped at red light in Ellijay. The working class American family was on their way to the N. Georgia Mountains for a much-anticipated Father’s Day weekend of camping, fishing and fun. The force of the horrible crash put Billy and Kathy in lengthy comas. When they woke up they were informed their only child was gone forever. And because of the brain and spinal injuries to Kathy inflicted in the crash, she would spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair. Then came news the illegal alien who caused this horror-show nightmare had escaped local police custody and was likely back in his native Mexico – and that he had been released after contact with local law enforcement multiple times before killing Dustin.

Most of us who knew Billy Inman understand the real cause of his death was heartbreak at losing his “best buddy” and exhaustion from nineteen years of lovingly caring for Kathy while ceaselessly working to find Dustin’s killer. The Inman family was destroyed because an illegal alien was allowed to cross our border, given a job and repeatedly sent on his way by American law enforcement.

Kemp didn’t cite Dustin Inman or the Inman family in his examples of victims of criminal aliens. That did not go unnoticed by Billy Inman before his death.

Reflecting the outrage and sentiment of many conservative independent voters, retired federal immigration agent and pro-enforcement conservative Robert Trent has distributed an open letter expressing his own outrage at Kemp’s “Big Truck Trick.” From the Georgia coast Trent, former number two at Brunswick’s Federal Law  Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), says he may not vote for Kemp in 2022. He is not alone. Trent’s letter is worth a read. So is Kemp’s reply.

Gov. Kemp won the 2018 General Election with a thin margin of 54,723 votes out of 3,939,328 cast. After such adamant and clear pro-enforcement campaign promises, what must the level of arrogance and commitment to the special interest groups that oppose immigration enforcement be to risk a loss to the Democrats in 2022 by ignoring those promises and the safety of trusting Georgians?

D.A. King is president of the Dustin Inman Society and proprietor of ImmigrationPoliticsGA.com. He is not a member of any political party.

This essay originally ran on the subscription news outlet Insider Advantage Georgia -June 16, 2021

The views and beliefs expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily represent Fetch Your News (FYN).

 

Illegal immigration: Gary Black to Senate in 2011: “Yes” to amnesty for black market Ag labor – if they stay on the farm

Opinion
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Written by: D.A. King

Georgia Ag commissioner who recommended indentured servitude enters Georgia Senate race

Photo: Gary Black – photo Politico

Georgia’s Agricultural Commissioner Gary Black (R) recently announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate. We think it prudent to remind Georgia voters to learn all they can about all candidates’ positions – or lack thereof – on illegal immigration. According to the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, Georgia is home to more illegal aliens than Arizona. Most people by now know about the amnesty of 1986 – and that it only increased illegal immigration.

As voter preparation and from long years of active experience we respectfully share two helpful points on dealing with Republican politicians on the topic of immigration amnesty.

  • Be prepared for the “it’s not amnesty…” rebuttal. We have found that if you stay with the term “legalization” when the pols start with the “it’s not amnesty” shtick, it saves a lot of time.
  • Remember that any legislation that removes the illegal status from illegal aliens is amnesty.

Photo: Pro-enforcement activist D.A. King leads Dustin Inman Society rally against amnesty in front of the Bush White House, Washington D.C 2007.

With agriculture being Georgia’s biggest industry, it should be noted that many  1980’s illegal alien farm workers fled the fields after they obtained the employment mobility legal status granted in the “one time” Reagan amnesty. Taking a better-paying job in construction or an air-conditioned warehouse instead of sweating in a 100-degree onion field seems a logical move for anyone.

Georgia’s Commissioner of Agriculture – and now announced candidate for U.S.Senate – Gary Black, recommended a temporary solution for that scenario to a U.S. Senate subcommittee in 2011. Black told the senators:

“Regretfully, a large number of illegal immigrants are working in agriculture today. A penalty-based work authorization permit should be considered for offenders. Such a measure could require substantial monetary fines, an annually renewed biometric permit supported by fees that is restricted for agriculture and strict employer enforcement after implementation.”

Georgians can watch to see how many current members of congress support what is accurately being referred to as the “indentured servant” section of “immigration reform.” Yes, part of the Biden amnesty bill reportedly contains a section that is similar to the Gary Black recommendation above.

We’ll also soon see if anyone remembers that Black forgot to obey Georgia’s E-Verify laws when he took over the Ag Dept duties.

D.A. King is president of the Georgia-based Dustin Inman Society and proprietor of ImmigrationPoliticsGA.com

The views and beliefs expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily represent Fetch Your News (FYN).

Illegal immigration: Georgia’s Gov Brian Kemp rebuked by metro-Atlanta county Republicans

Opinion

Written by D.A. King.

Cobb County Republican Party passes resolution in special meeting

We are informed that metro-Atlanta’s Cobb County Republican Party has passed a resolution rebuking Gov. Brian Kemp (R) for his silence on Georgia’s illegal immigration crisis.

“Governor Kemp has betrayed President Trump, pro-enforcement voters, and since becoming Chief Executive has defiantly ignored illegal immigration and his related campaign pledges” goes the Cobb resolution reportedly passed in a special meeting held on Saturday at Marietta’s party headquarters. We are told that recent county convention ended before resolutions could be considered – thus Saturday’s special meeting.

The text of the Kemp resolution sent here by CCRP officials matches the draft we created and distributed in April. We are waiting a promised signed copy of the document as passed.

Cobb Republicans recently elected new leadership and the organization has apparently undergone a notable change on what is allowed as “an issue.” We applaud the new direction. We are ecstatic that Kemp has been noted for his #BigTruckTrick.

There is more to this story and from what we understand, people to thank include Resolution Committee Chairman Michael Optiz, Resolution Committee member Hugh Norris, Cobb’s Jan Barton and CCRP Chair Salliegh Grubbs. We are hopeful the matter will be part of the upcoming Republican state convention. In answer to the question “on what issue is Georgia’s liberal media happy to assist Republican politicians? – we do not look for much (any) Georgia traditional media coverage of the Cobb resolution.

The Dustin Inman Society has put up a counter page tracking the approximate number of days since Kemp went silent on illegal immigration in Georgia and his very detailed campaign promises.

Republican Brian Kemp lost Cobb County to Stacey Abrams in 2018. According to Migration policy Institute, Cobb ranks fourth in its population of illegal aliens in Georgia.

Pro-enforcement activists note that Kemp’s announced Republican primary challengers are as mum on the state’s illegal immigration crisis as he is.

D.A. King is president of the Georgia-based Dustin Inman Society and proprietor of ImmigrationPoliticsGA.com

A version of this report was originally posted on the NewDustinInmanSociety.org website.

Gov Kemp signs disputed interstate compact bills: An open letter to (most of) Georgia’s Republican lawmakers

Opinion

Written by: D.A. King

“To be clear, I am not in the camp that trusts Gov. Kemp on illegal immigration statements.”

Dear Georgia Republican state legislators,

The professional licensing compacts you voted for in the 2021 General Assembly are apparently now something of “an issue”. We hope our work from here is connected to your increased interest in and investigation of these bills and how they may effect illegal immigration in Georgia.

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Interstate compacts are new to us. But along with other illegal immigration-related code sections, I helped create, improve and defend, I have been working on OCGA 50-36 -1 since 2006.

I first noticed HB 34 on the morning of Feb 25 – just hours before it passed the House. After a quick but careful read of the lengthy bill, I sent out emails to several House members alerting them to possible problems the proposed compact may create with the existing eligibility verification system for public benefits. I also called and emailed the Speaker’s office. I confirmed receipt of my email.

I pasted the text of my original Feb. 25 email into the first blog post done on HB 34. I hope you have seen examples of my time-consuming write-ups on these bills. I assure you this was not done out of boredom.

A House member who I have known for years followed up on my concerns in February. “…I went to legislative counsel on HB 34 and you were right, D.A…..” I wanted to be wrong.

I also became aware of HB 268 and shortly afterward, HB395. I knew the Georgia Chamber of Commerce was pushing the compacts contained in this legislation and that these agreements could affect illegal immigration. There are no examples of the GA Chamber advocating on the side of immigration enforcement available to send you.

After the House passed all three of the bills, I sent notes to several members of the senate – including the Senate Majority Leader – asking for line numbers on language that would eliminate my fears that the interstate compacts would reduce security on immigration verification. The only response I received was from my own senator. There was no citation of language that would alleviate my fears. I also personally asked several interested Georgians to ask for the same information from their own senators. I have not talked to anyone who even received a reply.

I also learned about the GORRC and the involvement of the Georgia Secretary of State office in the council’s procedure in consideration of the compact legislation. I continued to pursue the hope that somebody in power would cite language I may have overlooked in the bills to remove my concerns that illegal aliens could access the professional licenses covered in the measures. I spoke to an official in the SoS office, sent a request for comment of information – and again asked for citation of a line number to language that would remove my fears. There was no response other than confirmation of receipt.

I now see a May 6, 2021 opinion letter from legislative counsel to a House member who apparently asked the same question another House member asked about HB 34 in February. This time the opinion is that the sentence “nothing herein prevents the enforcement of any other law of any member state that in not inconsistent with the Compact” represents language that preserves the current system of immigration verification.

I read the cited sentence several times in my review of the bills. I do not agree that it will automatically result in use of verification system – including the affidavit process – in processing applications for professional licenses from applicants with existing credentials from other states. But it is my fervent hope that the most recent opinion reflects how the new laws will be actually be implemented….

Georgia Sec of State office recommended passage of bills to dismantle legal immigration verification

Opinion

Gov. Kemp should veto anti-enforcement legislation

Written by D.A. King

In Georgia, the Secretary of State Office administers professional licenses.

Conservative voters should be asking why Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office joined in a recommendation that at least three anti-enforcement bills “pass as written.”

In a recent essay, we asked if Gov. Brian Kemp will sign several GOP bills that dismantle the system in place to verify the ‘lawful presence’ of foreign nationals who apply for professional licenses. We now have more information.

Tom Homan, Former Acting Director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) urges Georgians to contact Gov. Brian Kemp, Feb, 2020.

The story so far

The short version is that 2006 state law requires that applicants for public benefits – including professional licenses – go through a verification process intended to prevent illegal aliens from accessing those benefits.  Three bills (that we know of) were passed in the 2021 General Assembly that put Georgia in inter-state compacts that contain standardized, reciprocal licensing standards that seem to remove the verification process from Georgia’s system. We asked senior legislative management to dispute our analysis. Nobody did.

Washington’s prestigious Center for Immigration Studies has picked up the story

The bills we know about and their respective professions (and corresponding Gold Dome lobbyists) are HB 34: audiologist and speech-language pathologists, HB 268: occupational therapists, and HB 395: professional counselors. All Republican sponsored. Our original post has the details.

We have heard sneering criticism of our opposition to dismantling the verification system that includes the dismissive rhetorical question “just how many illegal aliens will be filling these positions…?” The answer is we don’t know. And that’s kind of the point.

We do know that if the current law is left in place and actually enforced the answer will be “zero.”

According to the anti-enforcement Georgia Budget and Policy Institute Georgia is home to more illegal aliens than green cardholders. We are trying to reduce that number. We hope readers will agree that Republican lawmakers and Gov. Kemp should take the same attitude. They aren’t.

We know if the usual suspects are allowed to put this legislation in place that next year there will be other bills passed that quietly expand the list of “it’s OK if they are here illegally” professions.

We have learned that these three bills went through a review process by the obscure ‘Georgia Occupational Regulation Review Council’ and that the recommendation from the GORRC was to pass the bills as written. It is important to make it clear again that the Georgia Chamber of Commerce urged passage of this legislation as well.

Ga. Sec of State, Brad Raffensperger. Photo: WABE news

According to the recommendation from the council on each bill “there is a recognizable potential for harm to Georgians by not entering into the (interstate compact)…” We do not agree. The harm comes from allowing illegal aliens to obtain professional licenses in Georgia because they have already done so in other states.

The recommendation also makes it clear that “during the course of the review, Council staff obtained information from the applicant group… and the Secretary of State Office while also conducting internal research.” We doubt this is what conservative voters wanted in a Secretary of State.

Who sits on the council? Here is a screenshot from the GORRC.

We sent two questions to the SoS office and confirmed receipt but have not received a reply.

Gov Brian Kemp should veto these bills. His office number is 404-656-1776. Silence is consent.

Part 1, here

A version of this essay was originally posted on ImmigrationPoliticsGA.com

D.A. King is president of the Georgia-based Dustin Inman Society and a nationally recognized authority on illegal immigration. He assisted with creation and implementation of Georgia’s public benefits laws.

 

Will Gov. Kemp sign bills that dismantle immigration verification for some public benefits?

Opinion

Written by: D.A. King

Kemp voted for the verification system when he was a state senator

Alert conservatives are watching to see if Gov. Kemp signs several Republican bills that quietly dismantle the system in place to verify lawful immigration status to obtain several categories of professional licenses. HB 395, HB 268, and HB 34 are examples.

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The Georgia Chamber of Commerce pushed these measures with letters requesting support placed on legislators’ Chamber desks. Two of those letters are posted on the Dustin Inman Society website.

State law implemented in 2006 was an effort to prevent illegal aliens from accessing public benefits. The goal was to make Georgia less hospitable to illegal immigration. Professional licenses are public benefits under that law.

Georgia code (OCGA 50-36-1) requires that an applicant for public benefits swear on a notarized affidavit that he is either a U.S. citizen or a “lawfully present” and eligible foreign national. The applicant is required to present verifiable document to prove that eligibility. The foreign national’s ‘lawful presence’ is then verified using a federal database known as ‘SAVE.’

The legislation in question puts Georgia in interstate “compacts” that essentially require reciprocity in licensing and issuance procedures. “Interstate compacts are contracts that are negotiated between states.  The US Supreme Court has held that the term “compact” should be understood to refer to a “contract” according to the Library of Congress.

Georgia would be joining compacts that honor the professional license of covered occupations for people who relocate from one participating state to another. If another state in the compact has issued a professional license to a resident for one of the covered professions the idea is to issue a license for the same job here without most of the current processing if that person migrates to Georgia.

The bills include provisions for quicker licensing for spouses of active duty military personnel.

If Kemp signs, the bill’s new law will eliminate the step of verifying the “lawful presence” of the covered applicant. The abbreviated licensing process would result in quicker participation in the workforce – and a more hospitable experience for illegal aliens.

The Chamber says this will make Georgia “a better state for business.”

Including the Speaker’s office and the Senate Majority Leader, the Dustin Inman Society alerted individual legislators in both the House and Senate about the result of the bills becoming law. We also asked several state senators for the citation of line numbers in the legislation containing language that would dispute our analysis of these bills. The sole response came from Senator Kay Kirkpatrick (R- Marietta) who replied,  “…these bills are important to the military and passed the Senate unanimously. Compact language cannot be changed.” We are grateful to Sen. Kirkpatrick.

It appears the legislative choice was between compliance with the dictates of the business-first lobby or the preservation of procedures put in place to make Georgia less attractive to illegal immigration.

Georgia is home to more illegal aliens than Arizona, according to the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security.

Absence of media coverage or Republican resistance

We note the past press attention and the brutal fight to implement the verification law in question and the unsurprising absence of liberal media coverage on the decision to further the process of dismantling the law.

Between the three bills, there was only one “no” vote in the House and Senate. It came from Republican Rep Matt Dollar (R- Marietta) who voted against HB 34.

We also note that then-Senator and Public Safety Committee Chairman Brian Kemp voted in favor of the 2006 ‘Georgia Security and Immigration Compliance Act’  (SB529) that put the verification of lawful presence for public benefits in place (senate vote # 1037).

“Georgians are “fed up” with illegal immigration,” Kemp told the AJC then. They still are. But now that he is Governor, Kemp is conspicuously silent on the crisis.

As can be seen by a recent letter written by an angry retired federal immigration agent, pro-enforcement Georgia voters are not willing to overlook that silence.

The phone number at Gov. Kemp’s Capitol office is 404-656-1776.

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D.A. King is president of the Georgia-based Dustin Inman Society. He has assisted Georgia legislators with illegal immigration legislation since 2005.

American family separated forever by illegal immigration: Kathy Inman needs help in Georgia

Opinion

Written by: D.A. King

Kathy Inman is struggling after an illegal alien killed her only child and the death of her husband.

Dustin Inman’s mom, Woodstock Georgia widow needs help to remain in her home.

The Inman family in 2000. Photo: Dustin Inman Society

Life has been a nightmare for Woodstock’s Kathy Inman since an illegal alien separated her family forever on Father’s Day weekend, 2000.

While on their way to the North Georgia Mountains for a long-planned camping and fishing trip, a speeding car driven by an illegal alien crashed into their family vehicle in Ellijay, GA. When Billy and Kathy woke up from their comas weeks later, they were told their only child, Dustin Inman, had been killed in the crash. Dustin had been buried. They missed the funeral.

Kathy learned she would spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair because of the spinal and brain injuries incurred in the crash.

 Related: Who was Dustin Inman?

The illegal alien driver escaped custody and is living in Mexico. He is wanted by ICE.

In dedication that amazed us all, Billy Inman, worked his job as a delivery driver and took care of Kathy in their home after the needless tragedy until his death at age fifty-five in 2019. Billy was immensely proud that he and Kathy were able to go to been invited to Washington D.C. and speak to Trump-era officials on behalf of other victims of illegal immigration. They were invited guests at the official launch of the Trump administration’s Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office (VOICE) in Washington, D.C.

Billy and Kathy Inman in Washington D.C with Trump officials, 2017. Photo” DHS/Billy Inman

Kathy now requires care day and night to remain in her home. According to family members, she is nearly out of money to pay for the home care. Kathy is understandably horrified at the alternative to staying in her own home.

Kathy Inman’s sister Leigh Kelly has set up a ‘Gofundme’ account for people who are able to help Kathy stay at home.

Illegal aliens have an easier time with donations

We hear a lot in the news about the plight of victims of borders who are today’s protected class. We see the corporate-funded, anti-enforcement ad campaigns telling us “Families Belong Together.” A quick Goggle search shows a large number of GoFundMe accounts set up to benefit illegal aliens. Here is one that brought in  $774, 432 for illegal “migrants” who were separated from their families because of borders and immigration enforcement.

I am told Kathy’s care is costing nearly $10,000 a month. Her family will never be together again.

We don’t know if we can raise as much money for Kathy Inman as anti-borders liberals give to illegal aliens. But we are hoping that Americans who are able will contribute and/or pass on this plea to help Kathy Inman stay in her home in Woodstock, Georgia.

Americans are victims of illegal immigration too.

Help Kathy stay at home here.

GOP-ruled Georgia House commends race-baiting, anti-enforcement immigration activist

Opinion

Written by: D.A. King

 GALEO’s Jerry Gonzalez well known for opposition to voter ID and MALDEF ties

California is going to become a Hispanic state and if anyone doesn’t like it they should leave. They ought to go back to Europe.” — Mario Guerra Obledo, co-founder of MALDEF, on the Tom Likus radio show, 1998

The 2021 Republican-controlled Georgia House passed a privileged resolution “recognizing and commending” Jerry Gonzalez. It’s a real head-shaker. And it is lazy lack of attention to official business another example of timid and misplaced GOP trust in the deceitful Democrats.

Gonzalez is a former lobbyist for the above-mentioned MALDEF mob. He been leader of Atlanta’s far-left and innocuously named Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO) Corporation since 2003.

Privileged resolutions are automatically passed as a group after the House Clerk reads part of each out loud if no member objects. This reading includes the name of the recipient. If no member objects to any part of the bundle presented they all pass. If there is objection, members can have the opportunity to vote on singular resolutions. Put another way, when the clerk read the words “recognizing and commending Jerry Gonzalez…” any house member could have spoken up when the Speaker asked if there were any objections to the adoption of the privileged resolutions…” Nobody did.

Photo by Dustin Inman Society

A shorter explanation of the process is that lawmakers vote “yes” by remaining silent. Part of this House legislative process can be seen here in a two-minute video.

Jerry Gonzalez (Gerardo Eleazar Gonzalez) is widely known for his contempt for all things conservative and for marching in the streets of Atlanta demanding an end to immigration enforcement. He has proudly lobbied under the Gold Dome against voter ID, use of E-Verify, official English for government and against honoring immigration holds in Georgia jails. He has personally brought self-described illegal aliens into the Georgia Capitol.

In a classic example of why he is tagged “Angry Jerry” the Rome News reported on a 2015 experience diminutive state Rep Katie Dempsey had with Gonzalez when he was removed from an event for screaming at her for supporting immigration enforcement.

From the House Resolution commending and congratulating GALEO’s Jerry Gonzalez (HR 305):

“WHEREAS, Jerry’s significant organizational and leadership talents, remarkable patience and diplomacy, keen sense of vision, and sensitivity to the needs of the citizens of this state have earned him the respect and admiration of his colleagues and associates; and WHEREAS, he is a person of magnanimous strengths with and unimpeachable reputation for integrity, intelligence, fairness, and kindness;…”

The House clerk’s office explains recipients of these resolution commendations receive a framed print of the entire document – “with a nice ribbon” for display on their walls.

You can see the happy press release crowing about the GOP-led Jerry Gonzalez resolution on the GALEO website.

Then – U.S. Senator David Perdue found Gonzalez and GALEO to be so radical that he stopped the 2016 confirmation process of a former GALEO board member, Dax Lopez, for federal judge because of the affiliation. We were proud to help with Sen Perdue’s education with a “Beginners guide to GALEO.”

Jerry Gonzalez was not the only race-baiting, Marxist radical who opposes additional vote security in Georgia to be recognized and congratulated by the Republican-ruled Georgia House (we haven’t checked the state senate).

Below is a short list of others we are aware of and their associations. Warning: Don’t let the misleading names of the leftist groups (see links) confuse you on their real agendas.

HR 192 – – Helen Butler

HR 252 – – Helen Ho

HR 276  – – Stephanie Cho

HR 277  – –  Alisha Yaqoob

HR 298 – –  Gigi Pedraza

HR 299 – –  America Gruner

HR 302 – Adelina Nichols

Financial support from Coca-Cola and a lawsuit against Georgia’s election law

Jerry Gonzalez often posts expressions of gratitude to the Coca-Cola Co. for their long-standing financial support.

Photo: GALEO Facebook

Did we mention the race baiting Jerry Gonzalez and GALEO are part of a lawsuit against the Georgia election security law, HB 202?

Here is Angry Jerry quoted in a “progressive” news report

“The intent of this new law was to discriminate against minority and poor voters in Georgia,” said GALEO chief executive officer Jerry Gonzalez. “Our communities will stand together to work against these Jim Crow tactics pushing to take our state backwards”.

How did these resolutions ever see the light of day? They were all introduced by a Democrat Representative you may have seen in ‘the news’ recently – Atlanta’s theatrical Park Cannon.

More on this little airhead another time, but readers need to know the level of admiration for her that comes from such erudite sources as MTV in their “Meet Park Cannon.”

Republican legislators should start paying more attention to the resolutions they allow to pass.  Voters should insist on it. And they should ask their House Reps about the “Jerry Gonzalez Resolution.”

D.A. King is a nationally recognized authority on illegal immigration and has been advising Georgia lawmakers on the issue since 2006. He is president of the Marietta-based Dustin Inman Society. He is not a member of any political party.

This column was originally posted on the Dustin Inman Society blog page.

Atlanta Journal Constitution continues misinformation campaign on Kasey Carpenter’s HB 120 tuition hustle

Immigration Politics - A pro-enforcement View

Written And Submitted by D.A. King

 

Liberal newspaper continues to push rejected illegal alien-friendly legislation

 

The morning after Rep Kasey Carpenter’s “instate tuition” bill formally expired due to an absence of Rules Committee attention, Greg Bluestein lamented the GOP had lost a chance to win over more immigrants and Latino voters. A real Mensch, Bluestein is always very concerned about the Republican’s well being.

In Friday’s online edition of the ‘Capitol Recap,’ AJC Premium Editor Jim Denery did a rerun of the Bluestein goop. It was then printed in the Sunday edition.

Neither of them seem to understand or care that Kasey Carpenter is a shameless huckster. Neither of them seems to understand simple immigration law and neither seems to be able to process news of federal court decisions reported in their own newspaper.

We have lost count of the number of news outlets that falsely reported that “DACA recipients” were the targets of Carpenter’s first two versions of HB 120 on instate tuition and that “DACA” was part of the bill language. Triple dog dare: show us the line numbers that contain “DACA”.

The reality, easily verified by actually reading those bills, is that DACA was never mentioned in the language. We think the various reporters swallowed Carpenter’s carnival barker, verbal presentation of the bill without reading the legislation. Either that or as often happens with the agenda-driven AJC, staff and management were in on the hustle.

This writer pointed this “DACA” discrepancy out to House legislators in committee. So did a retired federal immigration agent in a letter to legislators.

I also pointed out, again, that the AJC has reported the 11th circuit appellate court has ruled that illegal aliens with DACA are illegal aliens. How much “lawful presence” do they have? Zero.

Photo: Dustin Inman Society.

Carpenter finally did actually insert “DACA” language into his Orwellian, ‘Hail Mary’ latest version. In addition to the existing instate and out-of-state tuition fees, he invented a new proposed tier of tuition rates: “Opportunity Tuition” – for illegal aliens who would be known as “Opportunity Students.”

It wasn’t “instate tuition” at all. Carpenter should feel cheated. He concocted this goofy Newspeak wording but the AJC ignored his handiwork.

Americans and legal immigrants from most other states would not be allowed to pay the lower “Opportunity Tuition” rates. Only illegal aliens who landed in Georgia before 2013 (or who move in with parents who say they were here in 2013) could get that special deal. At least until the next time these liberals couldn’t bear the “unfairness” of borders and immigration laws. Then it would be back to the Gold Dome to change that 2013 date to 2021 or whatever year they decided represented “justice.”

Georgia is home to more illegal aliens than green card holders according to the anti-enforcement Georgia Budget and Policy Institute.

The danger to pro-enforcement Georgians of the AJC’s constant hard sell is that most Georgia legislators know more about Martian trigonometry than they do about immigration

In large part we blame this on reading and believing the AJC.

I left a voicemail for Denery late Friday afternoon. I don’t expect a return call and I don’t expect the AJC correction I asked his editors to run.

We created factual info (but with verification) on HB 120 here and here and here and here .D.A. King is president of the Georgia-based Dustin Inman Society and proprietor of ImmigrationPoliticsGA.com

Republican lawmakers vote with Democrats to give lower tuition rates to illegal aliens than Americans in Georgia

Immigration Politics - A pro-enforcement View, Politics

Written And Submitted By D.A. King

 

House panel advances HB 120 out of committee

Dalton Republican Kasey Carpenter

A Republican-controlled Gold Dome committee has voted to advance legislation that would give illegal aliens lower tuition rates in Georgia than Americans and legal immigrants from most other states. 

The bill, HB 120, was sponsored in the legislature by Dalton Republican Kasey Carpenter and has more Democrat cosigners than Republicans. Pro-enforcement opponents of the legislation began furious calls and emails to their legislators and Republican Speaker of the House Rep. David Ralston soon after the approval.

 

Advanced out of the twenty-five member House Higher Education Committee Thursday, the illegal alien friendly measure passed by a vote of 16-4, with

Committee Chairman Chuck Martin (R- Alpharetta)

 several Republican panel members staying away from the hearing. Committee Chairman Chuck Martin (R- Alpharetta) was clearly a proponent of the bill

 and openly worked to adjust language to help future “undocumented workers” get a new, lower tuition deal in Georgia’s public universities and the state’s technical college system.

Rome Republican Katie Dempsey

A notable “yes” vote came from Rome 

Republican Katie Dempsey who seems to have experienced a liberal evolution since 2011 when she was a co-sponsor of the widely publicized, pro-enforcement ‘Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011’ (HB87).

“Voting with the Democrats to give special treatment to illegal aliens over Americans is not what we sent Republicans to Atlanta for” said one angry Rome GOP voter who wished to remain unnamed for fear of local reprisals.

The bill proposes to change state law so as to reward illegal aliens with deferred action on deportation with wording that would allow them to pay no more than 110 percent higher tuition rates than the instate rate. Currently illegal aliens in Georgia must pay out-of-state tuition that is three to four times higher than the instate amount.

 

Before he voted “yes” with the Democrats, Rep. Bert Reeves thanked the sponsor for his “courage” 

Rep. Bert Reeves

in proposing the bill to help the effected illegals. Reeves also cited what he claimed were “unfair” attacks and “blatant lies” involved in the already widespread opposition to Carpenter’s illegal alien bill.

Reeves is not listed as a cosigner on HB 120. Powerful business interests who seek more affordable foreign labor are pushing the legislation.

Gold Dome watchers note that Carpenter has repeatedly presented his bill as applying only to illegal aliens who are beneficiaries of former President Barack Obama’s “DACA” program. Despite media reports, none of the previous versions of his bill actually contained any reference to DACA. The current version approved by the House panel does in fact limit the new lower tuition rate to DACA recipients. But it also says “nothing in this Code section shall be construed to require in-state tuition classification for individuals not lawfully present in Georgia.” 

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and a federal appellate court have both made it clear that illegal aliens with DACA status are nevertheless illegal aliens and do not have legal status or “lawful presence.”

In March 2019 The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled against a group of DACA recipients who claimed “lawful presence” for admission purposes in Georgia’s university system. As reported by the liberal Atlanta Journal – Constitution newspaper, that court said “as DACA recipients, they simply were given a reprieve from potential removal; that does not mean they are in any way ‘lawfully present under the (INA) act.”

It is not clear if this legal information has made its way to Georgia legislators or if Republican Gov. Brian Kemp would sign a bill into law that insures illegal aliens pay less tuition in Georgia’s post secondary education system than Americans and legal immigrants living in other states.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security estimates are that Georgia is home to more illegal aliens than Arizona.

The bill can be read on the General Assembly website. The House committee vote record can be seen in a post on ImmigrationPoliticsGA.com.  Contact information for individual Georgia House Reps can be found on the legislature’s official website. Speaker Ralston’s office phone is 404-656-5020.

Having passed out of the Higher Education Committee HB 120 must be approved in the Rules committee and then be voted on by a majority of members in the full Republican-controlled House chamber before midnight, Monday, March 8, which is known as “Crossover Day.”

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D.A. King is president of the Dustin Inman Society and proprietor of ImmigrationPoliticsGa.com. He is not a member of any political party.

 

A proud U.S. citizen, immigrant and Army veteran sends written testimony for hearing on HB 228

Immigration Politics - A pro-enforcement View, Politics

Submitted By D.A. King

 

HB 228 is election integrity reform legislation that has been denied a hearing in Georgia’s Special Committee on Election Integrity until public awareness and pressure began about a week ago

D.A. King

In her support for HB 228, our friend, YeSun copied us on her written testimony to the Republicans on the (House) Special Committee on Election Integrity in time for a hearing scheduled for Friday, Feb 26, 2021.

–>The (sub-committee) hearing is scheduled to begin when the full committee ends – the full committee will begin on adjournment of the day’s House session. The hearing is a result of public anger, input and constant pressure.

I paste the testimony below. It’s good reading 

I took the liberty of inserting a link to a 2014 report from ScienceDirect.com titled *”Do non-citizens vote in elections?”

 

Thanks, YeSun

dak

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Begin forwarded message:

From: Ye Sun Wiltse <y

Subject: Written Testimony: I Support HB 228 Amend state law to make LIMITED TERM credentials unacceptable as proper identification for voter ID – Clearly label Non-Citizen DL/ID cards.

Date: February 25, 2021 at 9:16:05 PM EST

To: [email protected]” <[email protected]>, “[email protected]” <[email protected]>, “[email protected]” <[email protected]>, “[email protected]” <[email protected]>, “[email protected]” <[email protected]>, “[email protected]” <[email protected]>, “[email protected]” <[email protected]>, “[email protected]” <[email protected]>, “[email protected]” <[email protected]>, “[email protected]” <[email protected]>

Cc: David Ralston <[email protected]>

Reply-To: Ye Sun Wiltse <ye

 

Dear Republican members of the Special Committee on Election Integrity,

As I live in Evans, I am unable to attend any hearing on HB 228. Please consider this my written testimony and make it part of the record.

HB 228 is a simple bill that changes our law to insure that official ID credentials issued to foreign nationals are unacceptable at our polls. The bill also requires driver’s licenses and ID Cards issued to non-citizens to clearly state, “BEARER NOT A U.S. CITIZEN – NOT VOTER ID.” These would be commonsense adjustments in normal times, but after the chaos of the November elections, it is critical that this committee and the legislature pass HR 228 and send it to Gov. Kemp’s desk. 

If the goal of this committee is to improve voters confidence in the election system, this bill should see a unanimous “do pass” vote.

The opponents of HB 228 claim that there is no evidence of non-citizens registering to vote, therefore, this legislation is not needed. *There are many documented cases of non-citizens voting since passing Motor Voter Act that was implemented in 1995 according to Associated Press, NPR and the Pew Center. For every documented case, there are likely hundreds if not thousands of cases that go unreported. 

When people apply for Georgia driver’s license, the DDS automatically attempts to register them to vote. DDS personnel lack knowledge to discern the voting eligibility of the person receiving driver’s license because that is not and should not be their responsibility.  That responsibility belongs to board of elections registrar. There are non-citizens who do not realize that they were registered to vote at the time they received driver’s license. Once they are inadvertently registered, they can be targeted by organizations to vote or apply for absentee ballots, and sometimes vote illegally.

 I have heard some legislators and activists who oppose any Voter ID laws say marking drivers licenses and ID cards to show the holder is not an American citizen is somehow “offensive to immigrants”. 

From this immigrant who is a naturalized citizen and a retired Army veteran, I wholeheartedly support HB 228. I was not  born in the USA, but I am grateful everyday that I had a good fortune to immigrate to this wonderful country that afforded me opportunities I would have never had in my native country.  I respect the rule of law and treasure many freedoms I enjoy.  I value my voting rights and am determined to prevent a fraudulent vote to cancel my legal vote.  

HB 228 is the simplest and clearest legislations I have read. I respectfully urge this committee to pass HB 228. Georgians are counting on you rebuild our confidence in Georgia’s election system.  

Georgia Chamber of Commerce distributing letters on House floor asking for “yes” votes on bills that appear to dismantle existing illegal immigration laws

Immigration Politics - A pro-enforcement View, Politics

Written And Submitted By D.A. King

 

Professional licenses are public benefits in Georgia. The Georgia Chamber of Commerce is well aware of that fact as they opposed the law that created it. I was there.

The people who run Georgia are tired of any delays involved in the process of verifying the lawful immigration status of applicants for public benefits.

Georgia law (OCGA 50-36-1) put in place in 2006 and improved several times after that says that applicants for public benefits must swear they are either U.S.citizens or eligible aliens on a notarized affidavit. They are supposed to show “Secure and Verifiable ID.” Then, that lawful presence status is supposed to be checked in a federal database called SAVE  (SAVE is not doing their job correctly and we will expose that fact after the session). But the state law still stands. 

Professional licenses are public benefits. Contrary to the mislabeling by numerous state and local departments that administer public benefits, this is not a “citizenship affidavit” – but a verification affidavit. One need not be a U.S. citizen to qualify for public benefits but must be a lawfully present alien.

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce is asking House members to vote yes on at least two bills, HB 34 and HB 268. While we have not had time to carefully study these bills, a quick appraisal tells us they are designed to provide “reciprocity” with other states on professional licenses – and to skip the verification process described above.

 

Do we want to rely on California or New York for immigration verification?

If an individual who has a license to be an occupational therapist in California or New York, for example, relocates to Georgia, the plan is to eliminate much of the licensing process here to put this person to work almost instantly – and to bypass the Georgia law for immigration verification. We would be relying on liberal California, the illegal alien Capital of the world for most of our licensing process.

These bills are apparently on the Rules calendar today – which means they will likely see a vote. I have notified several members with the below-emailed information and they tell me they will now vote “no”  – and that author (s) are not aware of the existing law.

 

This issue is not new

We have been here before under the Gold Dome, just a few weeks ago with: “Libertarian pushed Gold Dome ‘reciprocity’ bill…”) would dismantle screening process for illegal aliens accessing professional licenses.”

This sort of thing is normal procedure in the state Capitol. You may want to forward this to your state Reps to let them know what you learned here.

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The below was sent via email to several members and to Kim in Speaker David Ralston’s office this morning:

“After a very quick look: HB 34 has no language I can see that requires compliance with OCGA 50-36-1 (verification of lawful presence for public benefits). Professional licenses are public benefits. A yes vote is a vote to dismantle existing law on illegal immigration – in a state with more illegals than AZ. The senate will take careful note of that fact. I promise.  A 30 second “isn’t it true” question should wake people up? I assume the  same for CofCommerce HB268. Reciprocity write-up below.

Unless I have missed it in a big hurry here they all need: “Nothing contained in this Code section shall be construed to invalidate, override, or  amend any licensing compact entered into by the State of Georgia or to permit the issuance  of a license without verification under Code Section 50-36-1.”

Updated – Libertarian pushed Gold Dome ‘reciprocity’ bill (HB147) would dismantle screening process for illegal aliens accessing professional licenses *UPDATED WITH ADDITION OF IDENTICAL SENATE BILL (SB45) INFO

Military spouse not automatically a legal immigrant. Wash Post story:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/this-army-veteran-served-his-country-will-his-undocumented-wife-be-deported/2017/03/29/c60429c8-09bf-11e7-a15f-a58d4a988474_story.html “ end of my email.

Below are two letters put on House member’s desks on the floor today.

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