Governor Brian Kemp remains silent on illegal immigration
Written and submitted By D.A. King
In 2011, Aurelio Mayo Perez, an illegal alien, was booked into the Cobb County jail for no driver’s license but released due to an immigration enforcement reduction edict from then-President Barack Obama. Two years later, Mayo Perez was charged with aggravated child molestation and rape. The name of the ten-year old girl he was convicted of repeatedly molesting is not available.
Last week, newly sworn Cobb County Sheriff Craig Owens held an elaborate press conference packed with invited anti-enforcement activists and proudly announced his termination of the 287(g) program. The Marietta Daily Journal described the event’s big finish with “…as the event ended, and a mariachi band began to play, the mood in the room was decidedly celebratory. The new sheriff even took to the floor and waltzed for a moment, reveling in his audience’s approval.” Cobb County Deputy Sheriff Loren Lilly – killed in a 2007 traffic crash by an unlicensed illegal alien driver – was unable to attend.
Democrat Commission Chairwoman Lisa Cupid pronounced Owens’ decision “bold, necessary, and overdue.” Cobb’s new District Attorney, Flynn Broady weighed in with “this is going to make our community safer.” We recommend reading the entire MDJ report
Created by Congress in 1996, and signed into law by Bill Clinton, the voluntary 287(g) program is a tool used to expand the authority of local law enforcement to locate and report to ICE illegal aliens, usually in county jails. It’s a deterrent. Then-Senator Joe Biden voted in favor of passage.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Owens claims “the program morphed into one that profiled immigrants through traffic stops, which resulted in them being deported on misdemeanor charges.” While Sheriff Owens – a former Cobb County policeman – is certainly free to smear his fellow law enforcement officers with shameless accusations of profiling, he should understand that it’s illegal aliens who are deported and that removal is the punishment for illegal immigration, not traffic violations.
Jose Alfaro-Contraras, an illegal alien from El Salvador, was one of the gunmen in an April, 2015 armed robbery of the owner of a check-cashing store in Duluth. A year earlier, Alfaro-Contraras had been in the Gwinnett County jail on a shoplifting charge. He was released because “minor crime.”
The above examples are taken from a 2017 report “Jail records reveal immigrants not deported after minor crimes later commit worse ones” from Atlanta’s Fox Five TV News investigative reporter Randy Travis.
In Gwinnett County, on his first day in office, Sheriff Keybo Taylor made his enforcement policy clear when he quit the 287(g) program: “What we will not be doing is notifying ICE of anybody’s immigration status in the jail or any of our facilities…” said Taylor at his own presser. He told a local NPR interviewer 287(g) is slanted towards “people of color.”
“So basically, what that program started to do was target, uh, you know, people of color that were in this country that’s undocumented, so, you know, it became, you know, a racist issue for me…”,
Taylor says he would rather focus on gang members. I was curious, so I checked with experts on gangs in Gwinnett and the skin color concern Taylor expressed. But on that topic Sheriff Taylor does have worries about borders “…crime and criminals…they don’t, they do not respect borders, so, you know, it’s nothing to come from Atlanta to Gwinnett County…” says Taylor. Indeed.
In print and radio interviews, both sheriffs have done a remarkable job of learning and adhering to the anti-287(g) talking points distributed by the far-left. Below are some of those tips from a 2008 ACLU ‘toolkit.’
‘How to oppose 287(g) agreements in your state or locality’
* Always describe how police enforcement of immigration laws endangers public safety for everyone.
* Assert that local police of immigration laws will result in widespread racial profiling.
* Assert that immigration enforcement is the responsibility of the federal government.
* Assert that police resources are stretched thin already.
Georgia law: A ‘Plan B’ to address anti-enforcement sheriffs
Attention Georgia prosecutors, including Flynn Broady in Cobb County: Independent of 287(g), longstanding (2006) state law (OCGA 42-4-14) requires jailers to check the immigration status of incoming foreign prisoners. “If the foreign national is determined to be an illegal alien, the keeper of the jail or other officer shall notify the United States Department of Homeland Security, or other office or agency designated for notification by the federal government.”
This “Plan B” would be much more effective if it is actually enforced and if Gov. Kemp would end his silence on illegal immigration. See the Dustin Inman Society Brian Kemp file here.
D.A. King is president of the non-profit, Georgia-based Dustin Inman Society.
HIAWASSEE, Ga – Towns County, Ga all fell victim to the country-wide vandalism over the July Fourth weekend. Unidentified individuals scrawled anti-American and anti-law enforcement graffiti down a section of US Hwy. 76.
The graffiti appeared along the side of a building, road signs, power poles, and a retaining wall from Sunnyside Road to Times Past Road. The vandals wrote “Death 2 AmeriKKKa,” “kill all cops,” “ACAB,” and “all fash must die”. Several of these phrases appeared on signs held by rioters in major cities across the county. ACAB translated to “all cops are bastards” or “all cops are bad” depending on who uses the term.
The vandalism took place sometime overnight between July 4 and July 5.
Fetch Your News has reached out to the Towns County Sheriff’s Office for details about the case.
O.C.G.A. § 17-15A-2 defined graffiti as any inscriptions, words, figures, paintings, or other defacements written, drawn, or sprayed without owner authorization by any device capable of scarring a surface.
Anyone arrested for defacing property could be charged with a criminal trespassing misdemeanor if the damage is less than $500.
For greater damage, a person could face first or second degree criminal damage charges. First degree criminal damage includes vandalism to public works structures and malicious intent to harm others. If found guilty, an individual could face up to ten years in prison and fines. Second degree criminal damage must exceed $500 and carries up to five years in prison as well as fines. O.C.G.A. listed both charges as felonies.
Towns County community members, Brett Nash, Brian Caldwell, and Donald Palmer came together on Sunday to remove the graffiti, according to Facebook. These individuals received an outpouring on online support for taking the time to remove the statements.
Towns County wasn’t the only incident of vandalism over the Fourth of July weekend. A group uprooted a statue of Frederick Douglas from its base. Also, the Georgia State Patrol Headquarters experienced an onslaught of rioters who threw fireworks inside the building and defaced the building with “Death to AmeriKKKa.”
FYN will update this story as information becomes available. Images courtesy of Brett Nash’s and Anjelica O’Cobthaigh’s Facebook pages.
If anyone has any information about the incident, please contact law enforcement.