Written by D.A. King
No archived video or audio of legislative meeting
The push for foreign law enforcement officers is still on, but transparency was not part of the agenda at the second meeting of a state House panel focused on removing “barriers to the foreign-born.”
The Sept. 9, 2021 meeting of the ’House Study Committee on Innovative Ways to Maximize Global Talent.’ was again a staged and a one-sided affair that could easily have featured a party hat-clad dog riding atop a trotting pony. But I will wash your car if you can find any official archived record – video or audio – of the House meeting held at Dalton State College.
Chairman Rep Wes Cantrell explained that “technical difficulties” would prevent video recording but assured all present there would be an (official) audio record. There isn’t. This writer was not alone in noting that the obvious “technical difficulty” on video was the fact that there was no dedicated video camera present.
The day’s recurring theme and complaints from some solicited witnesses were that Georgia’s purported over-regulation of the “foreign-born” reduces profits. Apparently, Georgia is overdoing it in insuring qualified personnel for occupational licensing. As this writer mentioned last month in a report on the first committee meeting, there was a calculated effort to confuse foreign-born Americans and non-citizens.
An archived committee record would show witness assertions on how reducing the numbers of occupations that require a license, eliminating “antiquated restrictions” and reducing training periods for plumbers, electricians, and HVAC workers (for example) to match regulations in South Carolina, North Carolina, and California would result in a less costly licensing process – and more profit.
The final meeting is in “early October.” Nobody should be surprised to hear that Georgia could permanently capture the “number one for business” title if we eventually lower standards to fit third-world levels.
Cantrell’s committee meeting was one of the first this longtime denizen of the Gold Dome can remember that featured a witness in two different segments of the hearing. Darlene C. Lynch from the Business & Immigration for Georgia (‘BIG’) was featured twice as a speaker and seemed to be more involved in organizing the beginning of the day’s event than the chairman. Lynch was also highlighted in the committee’s first meeting.
“Unnecessary” immigration status checks
In addition to the repeated push for foreign cops in the Peach State, Lynch explained that on “overhauling licensing schemes”… “there’s a couple of different ways states are doing it. Um, one is to remove unnecessary immigration-related requirements that don’t really matter for that particular profession.”
Currently, Georgia has in place laws that are designed to discourage illegal immigration through verification of “lawful presence” of applicants for business licenses, occupational licenses, and other public benefits. This writer has worked on legislation surrounding those laws since 2005.
On his home turf, committee member Rep Kasey Carpenter (R- Dalton) injected his own view that “licensing should become less and less important because the consumers are actually able to assess the individual.” Carpenter used an Uber driver analogy in his reasoning on reducing state occupational licensing. “…we live in a world where, you know, you can thumbs up or thumbs down your Uber driver immediately. So you, you, you, you go to, to get an Uber, and he’s, you got a five-star guy or you got a two-star guy. Who do you think? You’d use the five-star guy…”
On cost and supply of labor, Rob Bradham President and CEO of the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce assured the committee that “making it easier to immigrate to the United States is the solution.” Nobody – including Bradham – submitted an estimate on an ideal number for the intake of annual “foreign-born.” But it sounded like American workers combined with the million legal immigrants the U.S. takes in every year, the 700,000 guest workers to whom we issue temporary visas annually, and the 11-20 million or so illegal alien, “undocumented workers” are not enough to keep wages at the desired level.
As an example of forbidden facts and testimony at this House study committee and with the title “wage depression” our friends at the Washington D.C. – based NumbersUSA.com have an entire section on wage levels and imported labor.
Incomplete local media coverage
It’s not every day a state House committee meets in Dalton. Most working Georgians cannot attend daytime meetings. It would be natural for area residents to assume they could get an informative and balanced account of the important event from the local newspaper. That was not the case. Dalton’s Daily Citizen-News – Charles Oliver reporting – omitted much of the story including the proposed changes to state law on foreign cops and removing immigration checks on occupational licensing.
The views and beliefs expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily represent Fetch Your News (FYN).
Written by D.A. King
No Republican sponsors for Driver’s cards and state ID to illegal aliens bill yet
Democrat Rep Bee Nguyen wants to give drivers licenses and state ID cards to Georgia’s estimated 400,000-ish illegal aliens. That’s the goal of the candidate for Georgia Secretary of State (“Access, Equity, Efficiency”) in her HB 833 that was introduced three days before the end of the 2021 legislative session. The measure would include commercial driver’s licenses for illegals. Yes, it is still illegal to employ illegal aliens. Nguyen calls it the “Freedom to Drive Act.”
Bee Nguyen’s bill is so ridiculous that we assume it is more of a campaign maneuver than a serious attempt at legislative success. The illegal alien lobby loves it. The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute loves it. The liberal Atlanta Journal Constitution loves it and is carrying out an aggressive sales campaign. The Georgia Chamber of Commerce loves it – but quietly. So far, the bill has no Republican cosponsors.
In today’s “new Georgia” a candidate to lead the state office that organizes and oversees all election activity, including voter registration and municipal, state, county, and federal elections is trying to document “the undocumented.” And she is willing to accept the unverifiable ID foreign governments give to illegal aliens as acceptable documents obtain that documentation. An example is the Mexican matricula consular ID.
How insecure are the Mexican matricula consular cards? I have two of them.
In 2003 testimony titled “Consular ID Cards in a Post-9/11 World” the FBI told congress the matricula consular is “not a reliable form of identification.” Also in Nguyen’s bill is a provision to accept passports issued to illegal aliens by foreign governments after they cross our borders illegally and set up housekeeping in Georgia.
* Related reading: ‘The Half-Baked Immigration Response to 9/11’
Illegal aliens would also be allowed to bring in phone bills, rent receipts and deportation related papers to “prove” their identity and residence on applications for Bee Nguyen’s proposed new Georgia ID.
Nguyen and her cosponsors are apparently hoping to move Georgia closer to becoming the California of the east. We call it “Georgiafornia.” In 2004 Tennessee Democrats tried the “drivers cards” and ID to illegal aliens idea. They ended that adventure after two years and a federal investigation that exposed the extreme level of fraud, bribery and the fact that illegal aliens from other states were flocking to Tennessee to get “documented.” Georgia is already home to more illegal aliens than Arizona. Most of us don’t want to make it easier for tem to vote.
In Bee Nguyen’s proposed change to state law, documents used by illegal aliens on the application for ID and driving credentials could not be used for a state criminal investigation unless there was an order by a federal judge. That includes the application itself.
This dangerous bill would be laughed out of a legislative committee in Mexico where illegal aliens have a zero chance of legally obtaining a driving credentials. – It should be treated with even less seriousness here.
HB 833 text.
Bee Nguyen’s bill goes in the wrong direction and is a clear effort to make Georgia even more illegal aliens friendly and to appeal to the far left. It’s an anti-enforcement immigration bill.
Nguyen’s bill expands on existing Republican policy
It is important to know that Republican-ruled Georgia already quietly issues drivers licenses and ID cards to about 20,000 illegal aliens who are DACA recipients. They are identical to the documents given to legal immigrants and guest workers and foreign students here on legal, temporary visas.
There is a much better idea in the works
For additional voter and identification security, we direct attention to the pending HB 228 sponsored by Rep Charlice Byrd (R, Woodstock) which would mark all non-citizen driving and ID credentials, with “BEARER NOT U.S.CITIZEN – NOT FOR VOTING PURPOSES.”
Amazingly, Rep Byrd’s common sense bill did not come out of the House ‘Committee on Election Integrity’ in the 2021 session. It is still alive for 2022, but faces baseless and ill-informed resistance from the Republican leadership.
Georgians concerned about election integrity should be pressing for passage.
The views and beliefs expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily represent Fetch Your News (FYN).
Written by: D.A. King
Illegal alien invited witness – barriers to legally present immigrants not clear in first of three hearings
Readers who would oppose possible state legislation to allow foreign nationals to be certified law enforcement officers in Georgia may want to prepare. It’s a goal of one participant in last week’s meeting of the ‘House Study Committee on Innovative Ways to Maximize Global Talent.’
Many thanks to Insider Advantage Georgia (subscription) for last week’s news report educating readers on the existence of this committee and the Clarkston – located meeting.
Chairman, Rep Wes Cantrell (R – Woodstock), outlined his committee’s purpose at the August 19 meeting “…this committee has been formed to identify and make recommendations for removal of any barriers that limit the impact of our foreign-born population.” He made it clear input from the corporate-funded “expert” witnesses had been solicited.
The speakers offered repeated attempts to blur any distinction in context between “foreign-born” and residents who are foreign nationals. Most Georgians, including this one, don’t have a problem with naturalized Americans becoming law enforcement officers. But that’s not what the activist from Business & Immigration for Georgia Darlene C. Lynch was selling.
“We have outdated barriers and regulations that are preventing people from contributing to the economy. Foreign-born people who worked with the U.S. military in Afghanistan in the military security system who can’t be police officers in their own community in Georgia because we have restrictive regulations in Georgia” was part of Lynch’s presentation.
There were many references to “barriers” for “foreign-born Georgians”, but little detail on exactly what barriers are in place keeping any legally present individual from full participation in the Georgia economy. We won’t be surprised to see an expansion of the agenda. Will the state E-Verify laws requiring verification of work eligibility for newly hired employees come up as an “outdated barrier” in a future meeting? We’ll see.
There was no opportunity for public input beyond the pre-arranged witnesses. There should be.
This pro-enforcement writer is a long-time, reluctant denizen of the Gold Dome who has assisted lawmakers with legislation aimed at discouraging illegal immigration by deterring access to illegal employment and illegal access to public benefits. I asked for the opportunity to provide more realistic input in either of the two upcoming committee meetings. That request was denied.
It may be true that the first 236 names in the Hahira phone directory have at least as much knowledge on immigration and most Georgia legislators. So the day’s entry-level lesson for the committee had a segment on “key terms.”
Here we learned that an “immigrant” is “a person who has left their country of nationality to live permanently in a new country.” This is true in a dictionary, but not in practice. Managing language and the endless effort to blur any line between legal immigrants and illegal aliens is the bedrock of the open border lobbying effort.
Real immigrants do not require amnesty.
The mindset presented is that the million-plus illegal aliens who have already crossed our southern border this year are merely “immigrants.” And the foreign-born who routinely enter the U.S. on legal, non-immigrant, temporary visas and become illegal aliens when they refuse to leave are as worthy of accommodation as the million foreign-born we naturalize every year. Fact: For the seventh consecutive year, in 2019 visa overstays exceeded illegal border crossings (NPR).
Not all committee members are elected officials
The committee on eliminating “barriers” has two non-legislator members who will effect the coming recommendations.
Legislators are Wes Cantrell (R), Woodstock (Chair), Kasey Carpenter (R), Dalton, Mike Cheokas (R), Americus, Angelika Kausche, (D), Johns Creek, Spencer Frye, (D), Athens. Carpenter was absent.
Also Shushma Barakoti from the Refugee Women’s Network and Rene Diaz, CEO of Diaz Foods. Diaz is a past Atlanta Business Chronicle ‘Top 100 Most Influential Atlantans.’ He and his wife Barbara are a “Buckhead Power Couple.” Diaz is also Founding Friend of the well-known anti-enforcement, immigration lobbying group GALEO Inc.
For this writer, the most irrelevant, eye-rolling remarks of the day came from state Rep Spencer Frye as he introduced himself to the room. “Unless anybody in here is full-blooded American Indian, I reckon we’re all immigrants of some sort.”
Frye did not speculate on from where the Indians migrated. But he did follow with “while I look like I look, I am absolutely descended from immigrants to the United States of America.”
D.A. King is president of the Dustin Inman Society and proprietor of ImmigrationPolitics GA.com. He is an independent voter. This essay originally appeared on the subscription website, Insider Advantage Georgia.
The views and beliefs expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily represent Fetch Your News (FYN).
Written by D.A. King
Gary Black’s stated position on amnesty and indentured servitude not widely known
A week after criticizing legendary UGA football star Herschel Walker, Georgia’s Republican Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black announced the backing of sixty Georgia sheriffs for his 2022 senate run.
As we have written before, in his 2011 testimony to a Senate committee, Black, a former longtime Ag lobbyist, recommended the U.S. repeat the failed “one-time” amnesty of 1986 for the illegal aliens growers employ with little concern of sanction.
According to multiple estimates, Georgia is home to more illegal aliens than Arizona and more illegals than green cardholders. Agriculture is the state’s largest industry.
After they obtained legal status in the 1986 amnesty, many farmworkers decided to change jobs and left the exhausting work in the blistering fields to the next wave of black market labor. In his senate testimony, Black made it clear to the senate he hopes to meet that fact with a restriction. Black told the senate that having been legalized, farmworkers should be restricted to the agriculture industry to renew their legal status.
A similar indenture scheme is part (Section 111) of the current amnesty for illegal alien farmworkers legislation Senate Democrats hope to pass in the upcoming Reconciliation bill. The amnesty bill cleared the Democrat-ruled House earlier this year.
We have no way of knowing the various sheriff’s position on immigration amnesty of if they were aware of Black’s previous commitment to the concept of indenture for a path to U.S. citizenship and voter rolls for millions of illegal aliens. We do know that indentured servitude was officially outlawed in 1865 when the 13th Amendment ended slavery in the U.S.
“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
More information on Black’s record on illegal immigration can be found in earlier write-ups on Gary Black and immigration enforcement on ImmigrationPoliticsGa.com and the Dustin Inman Society blog page.
Is your sheriff on the list?
D.A. King is president of the Georgia-based Dustin Inman Society
Feature image is courtesy of WABE/NPR.
Written by D.A. King
At least one Republican candidate to re-take the congressional seat in Georgia’s 6th District has obviously decided that immigration, borders, enforcement, amnesty, American workers and the Biden regime’s intake of a reported million or so illegal aliens in about six months is not a campaign issue.
We give you Jake Evans. We predict he will continue to advance in Georgia Republican politics.
Below is a transcript of July 13, 2021, Erick Erickson WSB radio interview (Listen here: S10 EP116 HOUR 3 – 10 minutes) with Republican Jake Evans who had officially announced his candidacy for Congress, GA-06 the same day. Evans sent out an email announcement the next morning boasting of a one-day collection of $100,000 in campaign collections.
Jake Evans is the son of the influential Georgia Republican mover and shaker, Randy Evans.
Law.com Daily Report: “After serving as U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg since 2018, trial lawyer and Republican heavy-hitter Randy Evans is returning to full-time law practice as a partner at Squire Patton Boggs, where he will work from the firm’s Atlanta and Washington, D.C., offices.”
Please let us know if we overlooked any mention of immigration, Biden’s use of U.S. military to distribute future Democrat voters, or that Republican-ruled Georgia is host to more illegal aliens than Arizona and more illegals than green cardholders?
Erick Erickson (host)… [inaudible 00:00:00] conversationalists everywhere. It’s Erick Erickson here, the Erick Erickson Show from my flagship station, WSB in Atlanta, across the fruited plane. The phone number is (877) 97-ERICK, (877) 973-7425. So one of the most hotly contested congressional races in the United States of America is going to take place very close to where I am. The sixth congressional district of Georgia is a district that had been Republican. Uh, Jon Ossoff tried to take it several years ago, lost to Karen Handel in a special election. The Democrats captured it in 2018, and we’re barely able to hang onto it in 2020. Redistricting is upon us. Rumors are afoot, the district will be made a little more Republican. It’s the sort of seat Republicans have to take nationwide in order to beat Nancy Pelosi and take back the House of Representatives.
There are a number of people running in this seat. Uh, one of them announced today, Jake Evans, who joins me by phone. Welcome.
Jake Evans: Hi. Good to be here, Erick. Good to be here.
Erick Erickson: So, uh, uh, tell us, uh, first of all, I mean, the, the, the big picture here of why you’re running.
Jake Evans, absolutely. Uh, well, i- for those who don’t know me, my name is Jake Evans. I, I am very blessed to grow up in, in Georgia politics. Um, and this year I was very blessed to marry a beautiful bride. We got married in March. Uh, and as we are, we live in Cobb County, we look at the future, uh, we look at a very endangered America. We look at an America where Joe Biden is trying to make America like the rest of the world, like the socialist countries of the world, and we should be making Ameri- the rest of the world like America. Uh, and that is something that is very, very disturbing to me. I could stand by, but we’re not gonna stand by. It’s time to stand up and fight for the future of our country and for our children to have the opportunity to pursue the American dream, uh, just like we did.
Uh, and so I feel a calling, and it’s time to put myself forward in what will be a very difficult fight. As you said earlier, the sixth congressional district is a battleground district, but it is a district that is not represented by the proper person, and that is Lucy McBath, uh, who has consistently tried to erase our culture, our values, our American identity, said that we are inherently racist country, and that’s something that I don’t think anyone in the sixth district or more generally Americans, uh, should stand up for or put up with.
And so, what I am going to do is I’m going to deliver a bold conservative value campaign about big ideas, uh, that sells to the American people and delivers to the American people.
And so I have generated what I call an acronym, which is SELL. Number one, security. Uh, we’ve got to protect domestic security, which is we need to s- protect, uh, our local law enforcement. National security, we need to support our troops abroad and we need to provide them, uh, with the supplies they need to keep us safe at home. And I, I will fully, uh, put forward, uh, Reagan’s motto, which is pe- peace by strength. And we need to protect our family, our communities. Families are the bedrock of the United States of America, and it’s something that we have to make sure our children are growing up in two person households, which is one of the number one indicators for success.
Uh, the E in SELL is for education. Uh, I’m a big proponent of free market principles, and we need to inject free market principles via school choice, and return the choice of schools to American families and away from the federal government, and we need to eradicate critical race theory, which divides children at four, five, six years old. It’s something that we can’t withstand, uh, to allow to go forward because we need a united America, united children because if we look at the aggressive China, and the, as they become more strengthened, our future generations have to be educated.
My first L is for liberty, economic liberty, personal liberty, religious liberty. We need to protect the liberties that this country was founded on. And last is L, limited government, limited regulation, limited government intrusion. These are the foundational principles which enable the United States of America to be the best country on earth, uh, that create create- creativity, uh, economic ingenuity, and that’s what distinguishes us from the rest of our peers. So, we have a very bold conservative big idea campaign, and we are fully prepared to what I say usher in the great contract to retake America.
Erick Erickson: Well, let me e- go back to something you said, uh, about Lucy McBath, and I don’t know that this in- uh, amazingly I think if a Republican had said something like this, it would be national news and we’d still be talking about it. But she was caught on tape off record speaking candidly, as all politicians do off the record, and said she did think that this country is founded in racism. I, I was… I, I’m kind of shocked that she said this at a donor group. I realize it’s what a lot of progressive think these days, but, uh, for her to say it as a candidate in that district is something.
Jake Evans: I, no you’re exactly right, Erick. Um, and, you know, what the liberals currently do is their only tool to invigorate their base, uh, and harm our base is divide and conquer, is to divide and conquer. And the way they do that is they consistently bring up race when race is not an issue. Uh, and her goal is she knows the only way she can beat the Republican party or a part- a party that consistently beats the Democrats on ideas, on policy, on results is to divide us. Uh, and we can’t succumb to that.
Jake Evans: But the, the greatest country on earth is something that we have to protect. Uh, it’s something that we cannot and should not be ashamed of. Have we overcome adversity? Yes. But I will guarantee you, every individual at some point has made mistakes and they’ve overcame those mistakes and they’ve become better, and that’s exactly what this country has become and is today.
Now Jake, a, a, a lot of folks who run for Congress, uh, start talking about the national big picture stuff, but also all politics is local, and there are a lot of issues the sixth congressional district, for those listening, uh, who, who don’t know where it is, it’s the northern metro area of Atlanta, uh, it is, uh, an increasingly populated area. It, I think that area of the state now is listed as number eight in the nation for worst traffic. Uh, you’ve got, uh, a massive number of schools there, but some of which are going down the critical theory path.
I mean, uh, i- in the all politics is local thing, what, what do you see in the sixth congressional district as kind of the, the big issues that voters need to know?
Mm-hmm (affirmative). The big issues are education, there’s crime. Uh, people move to the sixth congressional district, and as you just said, Erick, we’ve got east Cobb, some of the best schools in the state of Georgia, we’ve got north Fulton, some of the best schools in the state of Georgia, uh, and people move to east Cobb because they want to raise a family, and they want to raise a family in a safe suburb, uh, and we have to maintain that and work for the sixth district to, to maintain its distinguishing characteristics. And the, how do we do that? As I said earlier, security. We have to support our law enforcement with- with being a law, uh, a police officer is one of the hardest jobs that exist. You are putting your life on the line.
Uh, my, my cousin is actually- actually a deputy sheriff and I was talking to him about this back whenever all the BLM stuff was going on. And he gave me a great analogy, which kind of touched me, which he said, “If I’m driving down the interstate and someone commits a crime, and I can pull that person over and- or I can let them go. If I pull them over and they flee or they attempt to in any way be threatening, I have to worry about baseless accusations that I was doing it for racis- racist motives,” which they weren’t. He has to worry about, uh, the person in any- any way coming at him. And we live in a world where a lot of police officers say, “You know what? I’m just gonna let this person go.”
And that has created the massive crime wave that we have throughout Georg- throughout Atlanta, uh, and it, it is bleeding throughout our communities, and we have to stop it. We’re a country based upon law and order, and if we let that be eroded, uh, then our whole community and the basis upon which this country is founded- founded will equally be eroded. We can’t let that happen.
Erick Erickson: Now, this district, how do you see redistricting shaping up? Because you- you, Meagan Hanson and the others who are, are jumping into this, you’re, you’re kind of flying blind in that you’ve got David Ralston saying, uh, they’re not even gonna start drawing the maps until frost is on the pumpkins, which means that maybe-
Jake Evans: Yeah.
Erick Erickson: … the end of October, probably beginning of November. And then you’ve got, what a primary that jumps out at you in March or, or May. Uh, so how do you see this shaping up?
Jake Evans: Mm-hmm (affirmative). And there is a lot of uncertainty, but I am in this race not for political opportunism. I’m not in this race, uh, in hopes that I’m gonna get an easy, uh, district. I’m in this race to deliver for the people in the sixth district, because the people of the sixth district demand and deserve good and proper representation that’s gonna deliver results, that’s gonna keep the sixth district, which is one of the best districts in the country, in my opinion, uh, that way. And if we don’t fight the liberal attack on America, the liberal attack on the values that made America the greatest country on earth, we’re gonna lose this fight. And I’m not gonna let that happen under my watch, uh, so I’m not gonna stand by. I’m gonna stand up and I’m gonna deliver for the people in the sixth district.
Erick Erickson: Jake, listen, uh, I appreciate you stopping by, and good luck to you on the campaign trail….
End of interview.
This report was originally posted on the Dustin Inman Society website.
Written by: D.A. King
Governor defiant in silence on misery of trusting Georgians
That Governor Brian Kemp has a reelection problem is not news. The fact that much of it concerns Georgia’s illegal immigration crisis and Kemp’s broken promises on that topic will likely never be in “the news.”
As noted by the liberal AJC at the time, Kemp’s first TV ad in the 2018 Republican gubernatorial primary cited Americans who had been killed by illegal aliens and portrayed him as “tough on illegal immigration.”
During that summer Kemp went on to pledge to end sanctuary policies in Georgia and to create a registry of criminal aliens. Many observers, including this one, attribute then-President Trump’s final decision to endorse Kemp in the primary to his pro-enforcement claims on illegal immigration.
“As governor, conservative businessman Brian Kemp will create a comprehensive database to track criminal aliens in Georgia. He will also update Georgia law to streamline deportations from our jails and prisons” went the detailed promise Kemp made on his 2018 campaign website. It should be noted that the same page has now been edited to reflect this same but considerably less vocal pledge on the 2022 campaign website. It’s part of the Brian Kemp “Track and Deport Plan.” Never mind that governors have no authority to deport anyone.
Note that the “watchdog media” is silent on the fact that Kemp has not so much as commented on these campaign promises since the 2018 primary.
One can only imagine the howls of outrage from Georgia’s agenda-driven press if Kemp had pledged to push legislation to give illegal aliens instate tuition and then silently betrayed that promise.
Perhaps the Kemp TV ad from 2018 that best illustrates his apparent contempt for GOP voter’s intelligence and memory was the now famous TV hit in which he told us “I got a big truck in case I need to round up criminal illegals and take ‘em home myself. Yep, I just said that.” In total, we refer to Kemp’s empty promises on illegal immigration in Georgia as “the Big Truck Trick.”
Twenty-one years ago today: A Georgia family destroyed
Today marks the twenty-first anniversary of sixteen year-old Dustin Inman’s death by illegal immigration. Last week was the second anniversary of Dustin’s dad, Billy Inman’s heart stopping. Earlier this month Kathy Inman, Dustin’s mom, had to be moved from her family home in Woodstock to a nursing home.
Dustin was killed when an illegal alien plowed into the back of the Inman family car stopped at red light in Ellijay. The working class American family was on their way to the N. Georgia Mountains for a much-anticipated Father’s Day weekend of camping, fishing and fun. The force of the horrible crash put Billy and Kathy in lengthy comas. When they woke up they were informed their only child was gone forever. And because of the brain and spinal injuries to Kathy inflicted in the crash, she would spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair. Then came news the illegal alien who caused this horror-show nightmare had escaped local police custody and was likely back in his native Mexico – and that he had been released after contact with local law enforcement multiple times before killing Dustin.
Most of us who knew Billy Inman understand the real cause of his death was heartbreak at losing his “best buddy” and exhaustion from nineteen years of lovingly caring for Kathy while ceaselessly working to find Dustin’s killer. The Inman family was destroyed because an illegal alien was allowed to cross our border, given a job and repeatedly sent on his way by American law enforcement.
Kemp didn’t cite Dustin Inman or the Inman family in his examples of victims of criminal aliens. That did not go unnoticed by Billy Inman before his death.
Reflecting the outrage and sentiment of many conservative independent voters, retired federal immigration agent and pro-enforcement conservative Robert Trent has distributed an open letter expressing his own outrage at Kemp’s “Big Truck Trick.” From the Georgia coast Trent, former number two at Brunswick’s Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), says he may not vote for Kemp in 2022. He is not alone. Trent’s letter is worth a read. So is Kemp’s reply.
Gov. Kemp won the 2018 General Election with a thin margin of 54,723 votes out of 3,939,328 cast. After such adamant and clear pro-enforcement campaign promises, what must the level of arrogance and commitment to the special interest groups that oppose immigration enforcement be to risk a loss to the Democrats in 2022 by ignoring those promises and the safety of trusting Georgians?
This essay originally ran on the subscription news outlet Insider Advantage Georgia -June 16, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.