Georgia Sec of State office recommended passage of bills to dismantle legal immigration verification

Opinion

Gov. Kemp should veto anti-enforcement legislation

Written by D.A. King

In Georgia, the Secretary of State Office administers professional licenses.

Conservative voters should be asking why Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office joined in a recommendation that at least three anti-enforcement bills “pass as written.”

In a recent essay, we asked if Gov. Brian Kemp will sign several GOP bills that dismantle the system in place to verify the ‘lawful presence’ of foreign nationals who apply for professional licenses. We now have more information.

Tom Homan, Former Acting Director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) urges Georgians to contact Gov. Brian Kemp, Feb, 2020.

The story so far

The short version is that 2006 state law requires that applicants for public benefits – including professional licenses – go through a verification process intended to prevent illegal aliens from accessing those benefits.  Three bills (that we know of) were passed in the 2021 General Assembly that put Georgia in inter-state compacts that contain standardized, reciprocal licensing standards that seem to remove the verification process from Georgia’s system. We asked senior legislative management to dispute our analysis. Nobody did.

Washington’s prestigious Center for Immigration Studies has picked up the story

The bills we know about and their respective professions (and corresponding Gold Dome lobbyists) are HB 34: audiologist and speech-language pathologists, HB 268: occupational therapists, and HB 395: professional counselors. All Republican sponsored. Our original post has the details.

We have heard sneering criticism of our opposition to dismantling the verification system that includes the dismissive rhetorical question “just how many illegal aliens will be filling these positions…?” The answer is we don’t know. And that’s kind of the point.

We do know that if the current law is left in place and actually enforced the answer will be “zero.”

According to the anti-enforcement Georgia Budget and Policy Institute Georgia is home to more illegal aliens than green cardholders. We are trying to reduce that number. We hope readers will agree that Republican lawmakers and Gov. Kemp should take the same attitude. They aren’t.

We know if the usual suspects are allowed to put this legislation in place that next year there will be other bills passed that quietly expand the list of “it’s OK if they are here illegally” professions.

We have learned that these three bills went through a review process by the obscure ‘Georgia Occupational Regulation Review Council’ and that the recommendation from the GORRC was to pass the bills as written. It is important to make it clear again that the Georgia Chamber of Commerce urged passage of this legislation as well.

Ga. Sec of State, Brad Raffensperger. Photo: WABE news

According to the recommendation from the council on each bill “there is a recognizable potential for harm to Georgians by not entering into the (interstate compact)…” We do not agree. The harm comes from allowing illegal aliens to obtain professional licenses in Georgia because they have already done so in other states.

The recommendation also makes it clear that “during the course of the review, Council staff obtained information from the applicant group… and the Secretary of State Office while also conducting internal research.” We doubt this is what conservative voters wanted in a Secretary of State.

Who sits on the council? Here is a screenshot from the GORRC.

We sent two questions to the SoS office and confirmed receipt but have not received a reply.

Gov Brian Kemp should veto these bills. His office number is 404-656-1776. Silence is consent.

Part 1, here

A version of this essay was originally posted on ImmigrationPoliticsGA.com

D.A. King is president of the Georgia-based Dustin Inman Society and a nationally recognized authority on illegal immigration. He assisted with creation and implementation of Georgia’s public benefits laws.

 

GOP-ruled Georgia House commends race-baiting, anti-enforcement immigration activist

Opinion

Written by: D.A. King

 GALEO’s Jerry Gonzalez well known for opposition to voter ID and MALDEF ties

California is going to become a Hispanic state and if anyone doesn’t like it they should leave. They ought to go back to Europe.” — Mario Guerra Obledo, co-founder of MALDEF, on the Tom Likus radio show, 1998

The 2021 Republican-controlled Georgia House passed a privileged resolution “recognizing and commending” Jerry Gonzalez. It’s a real head-shaker. And it is lazy lack of attention to official business another example of timid and misplaced GOP trust in the deceitful Democrats.

Gonzalez is a former lobbyist for the above-mentioned MALDEF mob. He been leader of Atlanta’s far-left and innocuously named Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO) Corporation since 2003.

Privileged resolutions are automatically passed as a group after the House Clerk reads part of each out loud if no member objects. This reading includes the name of the recipient. If no member objects to any part of the bundle presented they all pass. If there is objection, members can have the opportunity to vote on singular resolutions. Put another way, when the clerk read the words “recognizing and commending Jerry Gonzalez…” any house member could have spoken up when the Speaker asked if there were any objections to the adoption of the privileged resolutions…” Nobody did.

Photo by Dustin Inman Society

A shorter explanation of the process is that lawmakers vote “yes” by remaining silent. Part of this House legislative process can be seen here in a two-minute video.

Jerry Gonzalez (Gerardo Eleazar Gonzalez) is widely known for his contempt for all things conservative and for marching in the streets of Atlanta demanding an end to immigration enforcement. He has proudly lobbied under the Gold Dome against voter ID, use of E-Verify, official English for government and against honoring immigration holds in Georgia jails. He has personally brought self-described illegal aliens into the Georgia Capitol.

In a classic example of why he is tagged “Angry Jerry” the Rome News reported on a 2015 experience diminutive state Rep Katie Dempsey had with Gonzalez when he was removed from an event for screaming at her for supporting immigration enforcement.

From the House Resolution commending and congratulating GALEO’s Jerry Gonzalez (HR 305):

“WHEREAS, Jerry’s significant organizational and leadership talents, remarkable patience and diplomacy, keen sense of vision, and sensitivity to the needs of the citizens of this state have earned him the respect and admiration of his colleagues and associates; and WHEREAS, he is a person of magnanimous strengths with and unimpeachable reputation for integrity, intelligence, fairness, and kindness;…”

The House clerk’s office explains recipients of these resolution commendations receive a framed print of the entire document – “with a nice ribbon” for display on their walls.

You can see the happy press release crowing about the GOP-led Jerry Gonzalez resolution on the GALEO website.

Then – U.S. Senator David Perdue found Gonzalez and GALEO to be so radical that he stopped the 2016 confirmation process of a former GALEO board member, Dax Lopez, for federal judge because of the affiliation. We were proud to help with Sen Perdue’s education with a “Beginners guide to GALEO.”

Jerry Gonzalez was not the only race-baiting, Marxist radical who opposes additional vote security in Georgia to be recognized and congratulated by the Republican-ruled Georgia House (we haven’t checked the state senate).

Below is a short list of others we are aware of and their associations. Warning: Don’t let the misleading names of the leftist groups (see links) confuse you on their real agendas.

HR 192 – – Helen Butler

HR 252 – – Helen Ho

HR 276  – – Stephanie Cho

HR 277  – –  Alisha Yaqoob

HR 298 – –  Gigi Pedraza

HR 299 – –  America Gruner

HR 302 – Adelina Nichols

Financial support from Coca-Cola and a lawsuit against Georgia’s election law

Jerry Gonzalez often posts expressions of gratitude to the Coca-Cola Co. for their long-standing financial support.

Photo: GALEO Facebook

Did we mention the race baiting Jerry Gonzalez and GALEO are part of a lawsuit against the Georgia election security law, HB 202?

Here is Angry Jerry quoted in a “progressive” news report

“The intent of this new law was to discriminate against minority and poor voters in Georgia,” said GALEO chief executive officer Jerry Gonzalez. “Our communities will stand together to work against these Jim Crow tactics pushing to take our state backwards”.

How did these resolutions ever see the light of day? They were all introduced by a Democrat Representative you may have seen in ‘the news’ recently – Atlanta’s theatrical Park Cannon.

More on this little airhead another time, but readers need to know the level of admiration for her that comes from such erudite sources as MTV in their “Meet Park Cannon.”

Republican legislators should start paying more attention to the resolutions they allow to pass.  Voters should insist on it. And they should ask their House Reps about the “Jerry Gonzalez Resolution.”

D.A. King is a nationally recognized authority on illegal immigration and has been advising Georgia lawmakers on the issue since 2006. He is president of the Marietta-based Dustin Inman Society. He is not a member of any political party.

This column was originally posted on the Dustin Inman Society blog page.

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