Columns by D.A. King published in the Macon Telegraph
Georgia Republicans in no hurry to end immigration stand-off, by D.A. King, Macon telegraph, January 16, 2018
As just one example is the fact that no Georgia Republican has co-sponsored federal legislation aimed at real change in the American immigration system and settling the bizarre Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals amnesty for illegal aliens affair.
Mystery solved on number of illegal aliens with a Georgia drivers licenses, by D.A. King, Macon Telegraph, October 23, 2017
All is not solved. If the governor isn’t going to do it, why the Republican-controlled state Legislature does not change the fact that DDS gives the same drivers license to illegal aliens who have their deportation deferred that it issues to legal immigrants and guest workers is still a mystery to most Georgians.
Numbers don’t add up: Georgia says it has double the DACA recipients that fed statistics state, by D.A. King, Macon Telegraph, October 9, 2017
And DDS has been telling state legislators for years that they don’t issue drivers licenses or ID cards to “undocumented or illegal immigrants.” They stick to “non-citizens with lawful status” or “non-citizens with lawful presence.” It has become quite a sensitive issue for the DDS lobbyist in the state Capitol.
Trump's immigration policy not creating shortage of crops in Georgia -Philpot off base on immigration enforcement stance, by D.A. King, Macon Telegraph, July 19, 2017
The reality is that 2011 brought a historically severe drought in south Georgia’s farmlands and across much of the nation. The New York Times reported it like this:
“COLQUITT, Ga. — The heat and the drought are so bad in this southwest corner of Georgia that hogs can barely eat. Corn, a lucrative crop with a notorious thirst, is burning up in fields. Cotton plants are too weak to punch through soil so dry it might as well be pavement.
“Farmers with the money and equipment to irrigate are running wells dry in the unseasonably early and particularly brutal national drought that some say could rival the Dust Bowl days.
“It’s horrible so far,” said Mike Newberry, a Georgia farmer who is trying to grow cotton, corn and peanuts on a thousand acres. “There is no description for what we’ve been through since we started planting corn in March.”
An open letter to Georgia’s Immigration Enforcement Review Board, by D.A. King, Macon Telegraph, June 22, 2017
The pervasive official attitude across the state is that 2011’s HB 87 and all laws aimed at the crime of illegal immigration can easily be treated as optional in Georgia. The IERB and so far, the Attorney General’s office have done nothing to change that perception. I am aware that state law allows the AG’s office to prosecute violations of the three laws over which the IERB has preview totally separately and in addition to whatever action the board takes — or does not take.
Cone of silence on immigration issue in metro-Atlanta 6th District congressional race, by D.A. King, Macon Telegraph, June 16, 2017
It is worth noting that immigration isn’t “an issue” on the House website of already elected Georgia Republican congressman who was heavily financed by the chambers of commerce in the 2016 primary. Get it?
Only three Georgia U.S. House members sign on to help official English legislation in Washington D.C., by D.A. King, Macon Telegraph, June 12, 2017
The official English bill currently has more 43 co-sponsors, but only three from Georgia. Imagine a campaign speech in which a candidate for Congress tells you, “If I go to Washington to represent you, I promise to do nothing to help unify our nation with official English…”
Georgia couple guests at the launch of Trump’s VOICE office in Washington, D.C., by D.A. King, Macon Telegraph, April 29, 2017
Immediately after going active, the official ICE support phone line intended to help families of victims of crime by illegals was inundated with prank calls from the anti-enforcement left that so often talks of “compassion.” The intent was to disrupt what is depicted as an “anti-immigrant” campaign by ICE.
State legislation to warn public on release of dangerous criminal aliens – is your House Rep a supporter?, by D.A. King, Macon Telegraph, February 23, 2017
“The criminal aliens released by ICE in these years — who had already been convicted of thousands of crimes — are responsible for a significant crime spree in American communities, including 124 aliens charged with 135 new homicides” reports Jessica Vaughan of CIS.
Unrecorded votes will continue in the Georgia Senate, by D.A. King, Macon Telegraph, February 20, 2017
Unlike the Georgia state House, the Senate does not broadcast its hearings and does not have archived videos of what goes on in committee. You may want to ask your own senator about that.
$100 million a year revenue bill shunned while internet sales taxes and casino gambling debated, by D.A. King, Macon Telegraph (blog), February 16, 2017
HB 66 has been assigned to the Ways and Means Committee chaired by Rep. Jay Powell, R-Camilla. This is an important note in that Powell himself has authored a bill to impose a tax — not refundable — on online commerce and has a who’s who list of powerful co-sponsors.
Department of Driver Services legislative liaison goes full pinocchio on official video at Gold Dome, by D.A. King, Macon Telegraph, February 10, 2017
FYI: The DDS commissioner is appointed by and works at the pleasure of Gov. Nathan Deal. No matter what anyone thinks about victims of borders getting a Georgia drivers license, is there anyone out there who approves of this example of the Gold Dome swamp?
Unrecorded vote rule in the Georgia Senate should be scrapped and all Georgians should be making that demand, by D.A. King, Macon Telegraph, January 15, 2017
Readers should ask their state senators about this one. Some of the uneasy responses are priceless. We have even heard of cases in which some senators deny the existence of unrecorded floor votes. We send all concerned to Senate Rule 5.1-3.
State senators hide behind rule that allows unrecorded votes on controversial issues, by D.A. King, Macon Telegraph, January 3, 2017
This lack of transparency in government affairs can be easily changed. Georgians need to know that the state senators vote on Senate rules as their first order of business every other year — and 2017 is one of those years. We provide this information just in case a few state senators forget to mention it to their constituents.
On Illegal Immigration and Georgia's Higher-Ed System, by D.A.King, Macon Telegraph, December 9, 2016
Sixty-seven percent of people polled in September 2010 by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research for the Georgia Newspaper Partnership favor a law requiring proof of legal residency to even attend a Georgia college or university.
Anti-Trump rioters, the evil payoff of eight years of Barack Obama, by D.A. King, Macon Telegraph, November 15, 2016
Safe at home and comfortably far away from their contemporaries who are dodging IEDs and bullets in foreign lands, angry “TRUMP IS NOT MY PRESIDENT” protesters around the country laughed for the cameras while they burned the Stars and Stripes — on Veterans Day.
Foreign language voter assistance latest move by Georgia’s Secretary of State, by D.A. King, Macon Telegrapgh, October 13, 2016
Most schoolchildren and all naturalized Americans understand that with very few exceptions, the ability to speak and understand simple English is a requirement for naturalization — and that it is a crime for non-citizens to vote in Georgia elections.
Georgia conservatives lose again under Gold Dome, by D.A. King, Macon Telegraph, May 5, 2016
Despite a December Rosetta Stone Communications poll showing a whopping 76 percent bipartisan public approval rate for amending the state constitution to make English the official language of government, Georgia voters will not be allowed to answer the above ballot question in November.
Unless there is a badly needed executive order from Gov. Deal, changing current policy at the Department of Driver Services, Georgia will continue to give illegal aliens the exact same driver’s license it issues to foreign diplomats and Mercedes-Benz executives here on legal visas.
Odiferous state legislation has law enforcement opposition - SB 320 examined, by D.A. King, Macon Telegraph, February 25, 2016
"It is my professional and personal opinion that SB 320 poses needless danger to the safety and security of our state and to the citizens my office is charged with protecting. I see no gain to public safety with the passage of this bill," wrote Sheriff Conway in a warning to state legislators. Conway says that to his knowledge, no Georgia law enforcement was ever asked for input on the bill.
Erick Erickson endorses former illegal alien lobby board member for federal judge in Georgia, by D.A. King, Macon Telegraph, January 20, 2016
GALEO boasts of actively lobbying against immigration enforcement and voter ID — and has done so since Lopez became adviser and served as treasurer and keynote speaker for at least one fundraiser.
YOUR SAY: Two issues to watch in the coming General Assembly: Illegal alien drivers, by D.A. King, Macon Telegraph, January 6, 2016
Republican-controlled Georgia is issuing driver's licenses, official state photo ID cards and public benefits — including unemployment benefits — to the illegal aliens President Obama has officially promised to not deport under his dubious "deferred action'' on enforcement program. About 20,000 illegals in Georgia have benefited.
KING: Attention: I don’t care about politics readers, by D.A. King, Macon Telegraph, September 17, 2015
More insight? Despite the fact that it is a federal offense to transport illegal aliens, GALEO counts as an “accomplishment” on its website of working with other leftist groups to organize a massive bus trip to Washington, D.C. in 2010 to march for another amnesty. GALEO also boasts of its lobbying against local police honoring detainers from federal immigration enforcement officials so that criminal illegal aliens are not released back onto the streets of Georgia from local jails.
On Republican officials and an illegal alien lobby fundraiser, by D.A. King, Macon Telegraph, May 15, 2015
The innocuously named illegal alien lobby corporation Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials welcomed some interesting -- and powerful -- guests to a recent breakfast fundraiser gala in metro Atlanta.
KING: By an unrecorded vote: Georgia Senate OKs driver’s licenses to illegal aliens, by D.A. King, Macon Telegraph, April 12, 2015
Understand this: The vote on McKoon’s amendment was intentionally conducted in a way that there is no official record of how any senator voted. It was done with an off-the-vote-tally-machine, unrecorded, raise-your-hand vote while several senators scrambled around the chamber to avoid the video cameras that record each day’s chamber events.
To restate it as simply as possible, the Republican-controlled Georgia Senate killed an amendment to stop illegal aliens from getting driver’s licenses by holding an unrecorded raise-your-hand-vote on whether or not to have an unrecorded raise-your-hand-vote. Unrecorded vote won. We the people lost.
This reluctant denizen of the Capitol was there and watched this entire display of just how high the contempt factor has risen under the Gold Dome.
GOP Hope and Change: More foreign workers and drivers licenses for illegals?, by D.A. King, Macon Telegraph, January 21, 2015
o deal with the onslaught of shameless lies that are being circulated by the tech industry about a “worker shortage,” we recommend that readers try noodling this one out for themselves. Using the natural laws of supply and demand, labor shortages produce higher demand and therefore higher wages. One more time: Real wages in the tech industry are going down, not up.
KING: Today’s GOP Congress: Donor class vs. middle class Americans, by D.A. King, Macon Telegraph, January 9, 2015
This would have been written sooner, but like all pro-enforcement conservatives, I first had to struggle to remove the political knife from my back.
KING: Note to Republicans on Obama amnesty decree: “Not one more”, by D.A. King, Macon Telegraph, November 25, 2014
The disappointment shown on televised reactions to Obama’s amnesty outline from the illegal alien lobby is an added indicator of coming events. It wasn’t amnesty enough. The goal is clearly stated: End all enforcement of immigration laws and dissolve American border enforcement. For Americans who still don’t “get it” -- the goal is open borders.
Read more here: (http://www.macon.com/2014/11/25/3443449_king-note-to-republicans-on-obama.html?sp=/99/203/)&rh=1#storylink=cpy
KING: Immigration: Republicans lost a conservative vote for governor, by D.A. King, Macon Telegraph, October 23, 2014
In a state with more illegal aliens than Arizona, Deal’s response brings up some inconvenient facts this forever-independent voter’s Republican friends don’t want to hear. Including that the Chamber of Commerce-financed, leftward lurch of former Democrat Nathan Deal on the crime of illegal immigration has apparently pulled the state Republican Party along behind it.
KING: Immigration and 'the children'; Georgia not ready for Obama-built crisis, by D.A. King, Macon Telegraph, August 15, 2014
Because the main-stream-media is offering up the usual agenda-driven and intentionally low-information version of coverage on all things “immigration,” some inconvenient facts on “the humanitarian, unaccompanied children, border crisis.”
KING: On immigration, Welcome to Republican-ruled Georgiafornia, by D.A. King, Macon Telegraph, March 30, 2014
Early in the session, when informed of the fact that illegals were obtaining driver’s licenses, more than one confused legislator howled that “it isn’t our fault. Obama did this with his DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) virtual amnesty.”
D.A. King; Amnesty outreach to Hispanics a waste of time, by D.A. King, Macon Telegraph, November 14, 2012
“Hispanics” are a fairly liberal voting group. Just 12 percent of Latinos polled supported a cuts-only approach to deficit reduction. Only 25 percent want to repeal Obama-care. Only 31 percent said they’d be more likely to vote for a Republican who supports the DREAM Act.
Facts on illegal immigration for Georgia’s political campaign season, by D.A. King, Macon Telegraph, May 4, 2012
The bill had the votes to easily pass -- but because of the silence from the governor’s office and the refusal of House leadership to allow a floor vote on SB 458, it is as dead as Pancho Villa.
Law would halt illegals’ admission to public universities, by D.A. King, Macon Telegraph, February 1, 2012
The chairman of the powerful Senate Committee on Rules also testified to the same committee in favor of the bill and carefully explained that his own son had been denied admission to a local university because it had no available seats for his classes.
His son was a member of the United States military.
Republican delegation silent on Obama anti-enforcement effort, by D.A. King, Macon Telegraph, September 1, 2011
The White House has now given official acceptance to the angry and defiant howl “you can’t deport me, I have an American citizen child” and expanded it to include a child of any nationality or origin.
Governor’s campaign promises deserve attention, by D.A. King, Macon Telegraph, March 2, 2011
Because unemployment is so high, we should not consider statewide use of the E-Verify system already in place for public employers and public works contractors. It would force too many “undocumented workers” -- and their dependents -- to migrate out of Georgia.”
I am not making this up.
H2A visa - an education, by D.A. King, Macon Telegraph, January 23, 2011
There is currently much consternation and hand wringing over the fact that the Georgia legislature may actually move to protect jobs by clamping down on illegal hiring with the no-cost federal E-Verify system. But a key component of the story is not widely known.
How to stop illegal immigration in Georgia?, by D.A. King, Macon Telegraph, December 19, 2010
In part, GSICA requires local governments and official agencies that administer public benefits to use an affidavit system and a federal program called “SAVE” to verify the eligibility of applicants for those finite taxpayer funded benefits.
There is no penalty for any local government or department head for violation. It shows.
Another DREAM Act amnesty vote coming in lame duck Congress, by D.A. King, Macon Telegraph, November 28, 2010
No alien who files an amnesty application may be removed from the United States before the application is adjudicated completely. There are no exceptions to this, so as long as an alien files an amnesty application before he flies a plane into the World Trade Center or goes on a killing spree in the local mall, he cannot be removed from the country until USCIS (hopefully) denies his application and he has exhausted all appeals.
Dream Act: Amnesty for illegals and their families, by D.A. King, Macon Telegraph, September 22, 2010
The Internet is sizzling with pleas for calls to the Senate supporting the latest legalization scheme from such anti-enforcement groups as the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the National Council of La Raza and the rest of the usual suspects in the open borders industry.
Reality: Enforcement of immigration laws is not draconian, by D.A. King, Macon Telegraph, May 23, 2010
However “draconian,” we cannot allow the entire world to migrate into America. That is why we have immigration laws.
Immigration enforcement bills die under the Gold Dome, by D.A. King, Macon Telegraph, April 10, 2010
Let’s be crystal clear on this: The ACCG and GMA are directly and most responsible for the law being weak on enforcement tools
Obama to American workers: Drop dead, by D.A. King, Macon Telegraph, January 3, 2010
The 2010 battle for repeating the "one-time" amnesty of 1986 has begun.
Governments rewarding illegals with licenses, by D.A. King, Macon Telegraph, October 4, 2009
One can only imagine the headlines if the same local governments illegally rewarding illegal aliens were to violate the laws granting education and no-cost “emergency” health care to the same people who are right now sneaking past Border Patrol Agent Robert Rosas’ replacement.
Does health-care reform include illegals?, by D.A. King, Macon Telegraph, September 20, 2009
According to the CRS, “a Health Insurance Exchange would begin operation in 2013 and would offer private plans alongside a public option. ... HR 3200 does not contain any restrictions on noncitizens whether legally or illegally present, or in the United States temporarily or permanently.”
Component in Obama-care not widely reported, by D.A. King, Macon Telegrap, July 26, 2009
What about the illegals and government provided health insurance?
The answer depends on who you can hear. If you are a liberal, it may depend on how you “feel.”
Open borders and amnesty - again: A solution to illegal immigration?, by D.A. King, Macon Telegraph, May 24, 2009
At the sparsely attended KSU event this month, Fox promised, that without borders, “the dreams of our founding fathers will be fulfilled with freedom and better distribution of the wealth.”
This longtime American is not the first to note that Leon Trotsky and Karl Marx were not our founding fathers.
- Groups demand Perdue retract immigration statements, by AP - Dorrie Turner, Macon Telegraph, September 18, 2006
KING: Republican-controlled Georgia is issuing drivers licenses to illegal aliens, by D.A. King, Macon Telegraph, January 29, 2000
Call it the “road to Georgiafornia.” Republican-controlled Georgia is issuing driver’s licenses to illegal aliens -- with testing in 11 foreign languages.
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