New Laws in Georgia Target Illegal Immigrants

3 07 2007

Cross posted from   Georgia Crime Watch

Happy Monday! The Washington Post featured North Georgia in an illegal immigration article last week: Small-Town Resistance Helped to Seal Defeat

Usrey and tens of thousands of other first-time activists bombarded their senators with phone calls and e-mails decrying the bill as an unacceptable amnesty for the nation’s estimated 12 million illegal immigrants.

Folks, the citizens of Georgia came out strong last week. Let’s keep the momentum flowing as we work to ensure the security of our borders.

Several new laws stemming from Georgia’s problem with illegal immigration went into affect on Sunday. Let’s take a look at what’s new:

…The law requires public employers and contractors doing business with them to use a federal work authorization program to verify that all new hires are in the country lawfully.

This is a great first step in verifying immigration status. Now, if we could get all companies to do the immigration checks, we’d be in great shape!

…Georgia will also begin verifying that anyone over age 18 who is receiving benefits is in the country legally.

Verifying benefit eligibility is a no-brainer. I’m glad to finally see this law come to fruition. Hopefully, this will help relieve some of the pressure from Georgia’s PeachCare program, which is currently suffering from a lack of funding.

…Some police officers in Georgia will get training to enforce immigration laws and mandates. People arrested for felonies and DUIs will have their immigration status verified.

This is a great law, but I have a few questions regarding enforcement:

1) Why are only 15 officers being trained to enforce these new laws? Don’t the laws apply to all of Georgia?
2) When a person is arrested for a felony and/or DUI, and their immigration status is confirmed as illegal, what happens next? Call ICE, who may never pick up the offender anyway? Or, give the offender a court date and let he or she bond out? We need answers to these questions, because without full enforcement, these laws are no good.

…Georgia motorists must obtain a valid state driver’s license before they can pick up a tag for their car. The legislation would effectively make it harder for illegal immigrants to get behind the wheel.

This is also a no-brainer. If you have a car, you need a license to drive it, right? We can only hope that the folks at the DMV are on the lookout for fraudulent identification papers.

Overall, the laws sound great on the surface. Yet, once again, the subject of enforcement is still an issue. The public needs to know how businesses, law enforcement agencies, and the DMV are handling these new changes.

Of course, the people at GALEO and LA RAZA are not happy with Georgia’s new laws:

“Part of S.B. 529 is implementing federal law, but ultimately it has created a very hostile environment,” said Jerry Gonzalez of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials. “It’s not just a matter of what’s written on paper.”…A city or county involved in immigration enforcement sends the message to immigrant communities that they cannot trust anyone around them,” said Flavia Jimenez, a policy analyst with La Raza.

Hostile environment? Please. If the illegal’s are feeling nervous, that’s GOOD! After all, they are BREAKING THE LAW.

**CRIME**

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The bulk is created in large, professional-style labs and smuggled into the country from Mexico and Canada. The DEA estimates that 80% to 90% of the meth in the USA is imported. “We know that meth is coming from Mexico in significant amounts,” Payne says.

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4 07 2007
Stephanie

I live in Georgia and I am sooooo glad that we are putting a stop to this invasion in my state. Senator Chip Rogers deserves a special “thank you” for getting this legislation passed.

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