published Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Mexico, other countries join Georgia immigration suit

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    American Civil Liberties Union attorney Azadeh Shahshahani announces that the A.C.L.U. and other civil liberty groups have filed a lawsuit challenging Georgia's new immigration law, at a news conference in Atlanta Thursday, June 2, 2011. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

ATLANTA — Mexico and 10 other countries have filed amicus briefs in a lawsuit that asks a judge to declare Georgia's new immigration law unconstitutional and to block it from being enforced.

The lawsuit was filed two weeks ago by civil liberties groups.

Besides Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Peru filed amicus briefs Wednesday in support of the plaintiffs.

The groups are asking U.S. District Judge Thomas Thrash to prevent the law from taking effect until the lawsuit has been resolved. He's scheduled a hearing for next week.

The law authorizes law enforcement to check the immigration status of a suspect who cannot provide accepted identification and to detain and hand over to federal authorities anyone found to be in the country illegally.

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Completely disgusting. If the briefs filed by these foreign entities sway the courts in any way, and this judge isn't run out of town on a rail, we deserve to lose our sovreignty.

The utter gaul they demonstrate by even thinking they could sway the decision against the will of the legislators is a testament to how far we have let control of our own country slip. We need to become more involved in the running of this country in order to ensure that it remains ours.

June 16, 2011 at 9:58 a.m.
Wilder said...

The people in Chattanooga had better pay attention to this. They are closer than you think they are.

"The Militant"

A socialist newsweekly published in the interests of working people Vol. 75/No. 23 June 13, 2011

‘Legalization for all undocumented now!’

By Rachael Fruit

“To win this fight we need to take to the streets,” said Arturo Perez, who helped build and organize a May 1 rally here demanding that the governor not sign the bill. The Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights has announced protests for July 1.

Supporters of the Militant visited Dalton, a city in the northwest part of the state, May 28 to talk with workers about how the capitalist crisis and attacks on workers’ rights are affecting their lives.

Dalton, known as the “Carpet Capital of the World,” is a city of about 30,000 with more than 150 carpet plants. More than 90 percent of the functional carpet produced in the world today is made within a 65-mile radius of the city. Half the population is Hispanic.

Workers from Dalton were among the largest groups participating in the May 1 rally."

"militant.com"

June 16, 2011 at 10:17 a.m.
nucanuck said...

White Europeans came to America against the will of the native Americans. For the most part we became invading brutal barbarians. Now, hundreds of years later, the white descendents of the early "illegal immigrants" don't like the fact that native Americans are crossing our artificial borders into what was always part of their lands.

We whites can circle the wagons and buy time,but America will still turn brown. A better idea would be to find better ways to adapt to our changing world.

A national immigration policy that fully addresses our worker needs and effectively controls who can work in America would be a better approach than individual states harsh crackdowns on long time residents.

June 16, 2011 at 11:01 a.m.
Wilder said...

Numbnuck says:

"White Europeans came to America against the will of the native Americans."

First Americans May Have Been European

Bjorn CareyDate: 19 February 2006 Time: 03:16 PM ET

ST. LOUIS—The first humans to spread across North America may have been seal hunters from France and Spain.

This runs counter to the long-held belief that the first human entry into the Americas was a crossing of a land-ice bridge that spanned the Bering Strait about 13,500 years ago.

The new thinking was outlined here Sunday at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Stanford has an idea for how humans crossed the Atlantic, though—boats. Art from that era indicates that Solutrean populations in northern Spain were hunting marine animals, such as seals, walrus, and tuna.

They may have even made their way into the floating ice chunks that unite immense harp seal populations in Canada and Europe each year. Four million seals, Stanford said, would look like a pretty good meal to hungry European hunters, who might have ventured into the ice flows much the same way that the Inuit in Alaska and Greenland do today.

livescience.com/7043-americans-european.html

June 16, 2011 at 12:26 p.m.
dao1980 said...

Doesn't Mexico have enough troubles handling its criminals on its own soil?.. Do they have the resources to argue with us as to how we handle their criminals on our soil?

I don't recall the US government demanding that my buddy be allowed to stay in Germany illegally when he was being deported for the expiration of his work visa.

June 16, 2011 at 2:03 p.m.
sage1 said...

Want to work in Canada? here ya go: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/applications/work.asp

Or how about Mexico? http://www.mexonline.com/visa.htm

Germany? http://www.german-way.com/expat_visa02us.html

France? http://www.workpermit.com/france/france.htm

Australia? http://www.immi.gov.au/

Every country has laws that restrict immigration and foreign workers. But the USA shouldn't be allowed to do the same?

WOW...now that is a totally STUPID concept.

June 16, 2011 at 2:34 p.m.
cc333 said...

PLEASE: if yall did your homework & these other folks on here who just listen to your half-ass reporting AND misleading headlines did your homework(meaning : GOOGLE "Amicus Briefs") : you find that they are NOT joining the lawsuit,just providing info/data to the judge.Here is a link for the lazy/misinformed AND CTFP: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amicus_c... ...Pleas read

June 16, 2011 at 2:39 p.m.
GeeWhiz said...

Does anyone (besides cc333) know what an amicus brief is? Does anyone care when their own ignorance is showing?

June 16, 2011 at 4:57 p.m.
whatsnottaken said...

Tell all of the countries to come get their illegals and bring them home, and I bet Georgia would drop the law.

June 16, 2011 at 5:33 p.m.
Wilder said...

@gee

A person with strong interest in or views on the subject matter of an action...... may petition the court for permission to file a brief, ostensibly on behalf of a party but actually to suggest a rationale consistent with its own views...

What is your point? Mexico has a strong interest and is trying to influence the court's decision against the will of the vast, vast majority of the American people.

It is obvious who is and who isn't ignorant. The American people are fed up with this issue, and the squeaking wheel is finally being heard.

June 16, 2011 at 5:38 p.m.
01centare said...

The same individuals screaming for the "illegals" to "GO HOME" now are the same ones who were begging for them to come. They make great Union busters, driving down wages and forcing Americans to compete and fight for pennied salaries. Before using individuals from south of the border, America used southern blacks and prisoners to drive down America's wages. Some of the deadliest riots broke out pitting Scottish, Irish, southern blacks and poor whites against one another to fight over jobs. After slavery, your original migrant workers were primarily southern blacks who were abused and cheated out of their wages pretty much like the Latino workers are today. Now Georgia is attempting to throw former prisoners(who are mostly blacks and poor whites) on probation back into the fields picking crop. How long will it take before they are being abused in the fields and cheated out of their wages? If nothing else, one can conclude America is always schemingly unchanging in its quest to manipulate and control the masses.

June 16, 2011 at 6:12 p.m.
Wilder said...

@01

"The same individuals screaming for the "illegals" to "GO HOME" now are the same ones who were begging for them to come."

Great piece of convoluted fiction. The dimwits that make up the "Carpet Cartel" in Dalton aren't that smart. They're classic psychopaths, who've stabbed everyone they've crossed paths with in the back for their entire careers. It wasn't much of a stretch for them to sacrifice generations of people, including their own families, to make a buck.

Corrupt politicians aren't new either. When they divided Georgia's land in the late 1700s, legislators kept the best parts for themselves, and sold over twice the acreage the state had in it. That vocation attracts the most unsavory members of society and they bond well with the business sector's psychos.

The bottom line is that compromised politicians have to be reminded that their fairy tale lives, where lobbyists throw them parties, and lavish them with gifts, may come to an abrupt end if they don't address this issue.

June 16, 2011 at 8:40 p.m.
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