published Friday, April 15th, 2011

Immigration bill goes to Governor Deal

ATLANTA—An immigration bill that contains some parts similar to a law enacted in Arizona is heading to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal’s desk.

The General Assembly already had tackled major legislation on issues including the HOPE college scholarship, Sunday alcohol sales and the 2012 budget. A proposal to overhaul the state’s tax code fell apart in the last hours.

Immigration was the only big bill on the agenda the final day. The Senate voted 37 to 19 and the House voted 112-59 to pass the bill that includes parts similar to a contentious law enacted last year in Arizona.

Deal supported tough immigration measures in Congress, but a spokesman declined to say whether the governor would sign the bill.

The bill would authorize law officers to verify the immigration status of certain criminal suspects and would allow them to detain those found to be in the country illegally. It also would penalize people who “knowingly and intentionally” transport or harbor illegal immigrants.

It also would require employers with 10 or more employees to use a federal database called E-Verify to check the immigration status of new hires.

Democrats argued that immigration is a federal issue and that the bill would harm the state’s economy and could lead to civil rights violations.

“You have crafted a bill that insists on demonizing people of brown skin and with Spanish accents,” said Sen. Nan Orrock, D-Atlanta.

The bill also says agriculture is a “vital pillar” for the state’s economy and that a federal guest worker program that allows the industry to bring in seasonal workers is “administratively cumbersome and flawed.”

It includes a resolution that directs the state Department of Agriculture to study the issue and recommend actions or legislation.

The Georgia immigration debate coincides with a federal appeals court decision Monday to uphold a stay blocking major parts of Arizona’s tough immigration law. The bill’s author, Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, said the language in his bill differs significantly from Arizona’s and that he is confident it will stand up to any legal challenges.

Also Thursday:

• Both houses passed a bill that extends a hefty tax break for Savannah, Ga.-based Gulfstream Aerospace. That break on the sale of aircraft parts on planes repaired or maintained in Georgia will cost the state $4.2 million in revenue next year.

The state Senate tacked on an amendment providing a tax break for developers of tourist attractions.

• A tax break for another hometown corporate giant, Delta Air Lines, also passed. It could save the company up to $30 million over two years on taxes it would have owed on jet fuel.

• Lawmakers passed a bill that allows employees of utilities to make contributions to political campaigns. The legislation also closes an ethics loophole that exempted lobbyists from disclosing what they spend on gifts to staff members of elected officials. The ethics watchdog group Common Cause of Georgia praised lawmakers for moving quickly to close the loophole but the group doesn’t like the provision dealing with utility contributions.

• The legislature also approved a bill that would have Georgia enter into a proposed health care compact. The bill would pave the way for Georgia to create alliances with other states on health care.

• The House passed a bill that removes distance restrictions on South Georgia hunters who use bait to attract deer and feral hogs. Opponents labeled such hunting unsportsmanlike and unethical. But supporters say it will help thin out booming deer and hog populations.

• Lawmakers signed off on a bill that creates an advisory panel to look at an overhaul of the state’s tough sentencing laws. The joint committee will make recommendations in time for lawmakers to act next year.

• Lawmakers passed a bill that would give the governor authority to appoint members to the embattled Atlanta Public School board.

Metro Atlanta lawmakers were split on the measure. At issue is the ability of the school board, now on probation, to maintain its accreditation. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed lobbied his former colleagues to support the proposal.

Deal expressed concern over the matter earlier this session and appointed liaisons from the General Assembly to monitor the situation.

• A bill allowing Georgians to dump lawn clippings into landfills also passed. The measure renews a $1 tire cleanup fee for three more years, but it doesn’t require that the fee be spent on tire cleanup. The money instead goes to the general fund.

Environmentalists say that allowing lawn clippings in landfills will discourage composting. But state Rep. Randy Nix, a LaGrange Republican, argued the change will help the composting industry by encouraging renewable energy from landfills.

State Rep. Mark Hatfield, a Waycross Republican, took issue with the tire fee, labeling it a tax.

Lawmakers are expected to return to the state Capitol Aug. 15 for a special session to deal with redrawing congressional and legislative district lines to conform to new U.S. census data.

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Casca said...


Having State legislators in Arizona, Georgia, Florida and other caring States, actually worry about Americans without jobs? Yet businesses still cold-shoulder immigration laws and keep hiring aliens. The paramount issue is still the porous border and some cases, still open ranges. While the indifferent federal governments have completely failed the citizens and residents for thirty years, the illegal immigration population has reached over 20 million plus and with no ending. Our school system is a mess, the health care emergency rooms overrun and billions of dollars being drained from the State and Federal treasuries, to pacify the open border overwrought activists like Rep. Luis Gutierrez, an Illinois Democrat. It’ s astounding to me and millions of Tea Party activist that what is what chance do we have of dealing with the interior enforcement, when uncountable numbers keep pouring through our unrestricted border. We continuously fight amongst ourselves with the Liberal extremists amongst us, want world government and a completely wide open national border? There expectancy is legal entrance of every poverty-stricken person, the sick and the old, the criminals can arrive here to live of the taxpaying public until our population growth is irreversible?

Illegal Immigration has become a tightening garrote on American society and although the politicians try as they might to hide its severe financial impact, it’s not going away. Yesterday was an eye opener on this nemesis called the Southwest border, which remains uncompleted, underfunded, and does not in any way stop the influx of dangerous drug cartels or people smugglers. The program on C-Span 1 was relating to a broadcast about the US Border Patrol operations on Federal land.

April 16, 2011 at 5:20 p.m.
Casca said...

Listening to the intensity of the arguments going on, between a Border Patrol supervisor, a public lands official and one other spokesman, recognizing that the Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was hiding the real truth and her slimy excuse that the border was more secure? The National Parks, Forests and Public Lands Subcommittee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) introduced the National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act (H.R. 1505); a Potential law. According to Bishop, "This legislation takes the obligatory and responsible steps to address the deplorable restrictions that prevent Border Security agents from doing their jobs. Allowing public land managers and preventive environmental policies, not Border Security experts, that are dictating how we secure our nation’s borders to keep our country defended.

It contradicts our enforcement and as a result, has jeopardized the safety and security of all Americans." But it wasn't the finger pointing by the Congressman, but the witnesses who appeared next. The main spotlight fell on a Stetson headed elderly rancher whose name was Jim Chilton, Jr, who owned the Chilton Ranch for 5 generations in Arivaca, Arizona. He addressed the committee in his Testimony that he had drafted, with the assistance of Robert Krantz wife, murdered on his ranch back in 2010. Mr. Chilton, a fifth generation rancher read from his drafted memo, that his home had been burglarized twice, that his neighbors lived in fear as the areas where overrun by druggers, as he called them.

He stated that he carried two guns when he left his ranch, a rifle and a handgun as the mules (backpacking illegal aliens) carried AK 47 Russian made fully automatic weapon. His major concern that certainly identified the serious of the issue, that the US agents could in many location not actually patrol the border fence, owing to the wilderness laws governed by land managers. The rancher said his land is the border and that the only way you know it exists, is a line of leaning posts, with 5 strands of old wire. Border patrol agents were unable to cross into sensitive wilderness areas, build and maintain roads, construct fences and patrol the areas with vehicles without fear of breaking environmental laws.

April 16, 2011 at 5:21 p.m.
Casca said...

Bishop exploded in the face of one land management person, saying that federal lands along the U.S. border are a “haven of criminal activity” and environmental laws meant to protect the lands are actually allowing illegal aliens to destroy them. Bishop had previously stated, “I have seen firsthand the damage that has been done to our federal lands from trash, foot traffic and man-made fires,” On the Internet are photo’s of mounds of trash in public lands, left by the hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens throughout these regions. Today, because agents have to require a permit to gain permission on these lands, there are numerous roads signs prohibiting Americans from entering these areas. It’s almost incomprehensible that Americans cannot enter their own homeland, because of the infestation of criminals or even terrorist.

In the TV broadcast the US Border Patrol supervisor found himself, being confronted from all sides specifically from Republicans? A senior retired Border Patrol official stated in his report that his men were harassed by the higher-ups, if they spoke out about the activities along the border. They were afraid of losing their jobs if the real situation was disclosed. The information he read to the House Republicans and Democrats, led by Rep. Rob Bishop was horrifying. Assuming any individual has been to the border region it is unlikely you have any conception that the US border Patrol, must endure from trying to enter federal lands, Because of the need for permits. As Mr. Chilton expressed the US border agents have to wait for permission, to any enforcement owing to environmental or endanger species Act. In other words assortment of Department of the Interior, Forest and public lands can hold up for month’s access to Wilderness areas.

One incident happened where the border Patrol had to wait four months, so they could place surveillance equipment in the Tucson sector. This particular land manager stated that a ocelot herds, was endangered because of the certain areas patrolling some canyon area, and Rep. Bishop yelled at her saying there had not been any sign of those creatures for over ten years. ” Bishop said in reintroducing the bill he proposed last session. “Providing Border Patrol with the necessary access to deter and apprehend those who cross through our federal lands illegally would deliver the greatest benefit to both national security and the long-term health of our federal lands.” Bishop said in reintroducing the bill he proposed last session. “Providing Border Patrol with the necessary access to deter and apprehend those who cross through our federal lands illegally would deliver the greatest benefit to both national security and the long-term health of our federal lands.” One Republican shouted that the American people were in danger, because of a plant or fish, designated as an endangered species.

April 16, 2011 at 5:21 p.m.
Casca said...

It’s obvious the fence has not been completed, in fact that the 2006 Secure Fence Act was never intended to be a reality; two fences or even free, to halt this illegal immigration invasion. Learn more about the new bill to be introduced in Congress. A list of co-sponsors for the Nuclear Priority Act that would end chain migration and the CLEAR Act, that would require cooperation between local law enforcement agents and federal agents in the enforcement of federal immigration laws. Learn more about illegal immigration costs and how it affects you at NumbersUSA. The tea Party is empowered to enforce the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control bill. Severe penalties for businesses that hire foreign nationals is just one of the laws not enforced.

Rep. Bilbray (R-CA) has also co-sponsored the SAFE for America Act that would end the visa lottery, the E-LAW Act that mandates E-Verify nationwide, and the Birthright Citizenship Act that would end the practice of granting automatic citizenship to all children born in the United States.

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April 16, 2011 at 5:22 p.m.
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