Thursday, June 16, 2011

Georgia On My Mind

Another player has entered the tough immigration game. Is it Texas? New Mexico? California? Nope. Georgia. Of all places, Georgia.

Georgia House Bill 87 is scheduled to take effect on July 1. The law is familiar. It sounds a lot like Arizona's law. The
law empowers police to investigate the immigration status of certain suspects. It punishes people who transport or harbor illegal immigrants in Georgia or use fake identification to get a job here. And it requires many businesses to use the federal E-Verify program to ensure their newly hired workers are eligible to work in the United States.

Seems like history is repeating itself, again. Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, The Anti-Defamation League, the ACLU, the Southern Poverty Law Center and several other civil and immigrant rights groups filed a federal lawsuit against Georgia's law this month and are now asking a judge to halt the measure pending the outcome of their case. They argue the federal immigration laws make this unconstitutional. The only player not in the lawsuit? Obama. Wonder if he'll get involved?

Hats off to you Georgia. Hats off. This is the exact legislation that we need. I hope, unlike Arizona, this wont be in court very long and true immigration reform can begin.

Here's a little video to enjoy in celebration of the bravery of Georgia.

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