Illegal immigration: Gary Black to Senate in 2011: “Yes” to amnesty for black market Ag labor – if they stay on the farmOpinion June 10, 2021
Written by: D.A. King
Georgia Ag commissioner who recommended indentured servitude enters Georgia Senate race
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.
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).
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