May 31, 2007
Conservative Leaders and Columnists on the Senate Amnesty Bill
“This looks like the Medicare debacle all over again….The White House will twist arms to get House Republicans to abandon their principles for [Hispanic] votes that will never emerge.”
William F. Buckley, Jr.
“If Congress had begun reform by stabilizing the Mexican border, it might more credibly have gone on to elaborate residually desirable changes in the mess Congress has permitted.”
“This bill should be called the ‘Comprehensive Destroy the Republican Party’ Act of 2007.”
“To say the Senate bill is not an amnesty proposal is just plain dishonest.”
“If this bill passes, the Republican Party will not recover from it.”
“The long-term fiscal effect of the bill will be to add $2.5 trillion to the cost of our taxpayer-funded retirement system.”
“They [pro-amnestyDemocrats] don’t care if the border fence works or not, they just want the amnesty and the votes that follow.”
Victor Davis Hanson
“The more Western elites ignore their own laws, allow unassimilated ethnic ghettos…the more their own nations will begin to resemble the very places immigrants fled from.”
“Contrary to White House propaganda… it is not nativism but facts and principle that lie behind opposition to the Senate’s latest amnesty proposal.”
“Many of the same politicians who support the Senate draft immigration bill are also trying to gut the requirements of REAL ID. No doubt the proposed electronic [workplace] verification system would suffer the same fate….”
“The people who make arguments about ‘jobs Americans won’t do’ are never in a line of work where unskilled immigrants can compete with them. Liberals love to strike generous, humanitarian poses with other people’s lives.”
“The push for this bill is a disaster, Mr. President….It is a bad bill because no one believes the government can conduct millions of background checks. No one believes the bill will halt the next 12 million, No one believes [Bush] will assure the fence gets built. No one believes the employer verification system will get done or work….”
“It’s divorce. That’s what has happened between President Bush and his party over this immigration bill. And if they insist on pursuing it, I fear it is what will happen between the Senate GOP leadership and the party base as well.”
“No, Mr. President. The American people understand this issue perfectly well. We do not need ‘comprehensive’ new immigration laws; we simply need to enforce existing laws.”
“The president lacks the integrity to be trusted to fulfill any promise of future border security.
It is sad to see that most of the American people can plainly see what many U.S. Senators cannot.”
Others opposed to the bill:
Victor Davis Hanson
Kathryn Jean Lopez
Frank Gaffney, Jr.
Georgie Anne Geyer
From the AJC on our rally today
Protesters blast proposed immigration reform
By BRIAN FEAGANS
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 05/31/07
The placards reading “Secure Our Borders” and “Stop the Guest Worker Amnesty” may have been pointed at motorists Thursday.
But the mid-day protest outside the Galleria Office Park in Cobb County was really designed to grab attention 13 floors above, in the office suite of Sen. Saxby Chambliss.
“That turncoat sold us down the Rio Grande,” East Cobb resident Maria Litland said, waving an American flag in the direction of the curved glass office building while standing with about 60 other protesters.
Organized by anti-illegal immigration activist D.A. King, the protest was designed to turn up the heat on Chambliss and fellow Georgia Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson. They are among the Senate leaders backing a controversial immigration reform compromise with President Bush.
The bipartisan measure has absorbed a barrage of criticism from both the left and the right since being unveiled earlier this month. Conservatives say it’s too soft on border security and the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants currently in the country. Liberals say it would break up immigrant families and give illegal immigrants incentive to remain in the shadows.
Chambliss and Isakson have acknowledged the plan isn’t perfect but say it’s far better than the status quo. They insist the measure would require that the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border be secured before the other reforms, such as the creation of a temporary worker program, could be put in place.
Protester Melanie Williams of Duluth said no matter how it’s dressed up, the Senate compromise would send a clear message to other people considering illegal entry into the United States. “People will sneak in and think ‘Oh, I’ll just wait for the next amnesty,’” Williams said.
Participating in her first-ever protest, Williams said she’s fed up with the people who have crammed into the home across the street from her in Gwinnett County. She suspects they are in the country illegally. At one point there were 30 people in the house and 10 cars in the driveway, she said, holding a banner that declared “We are America — Attrition Through Enforcement.”
A handful of counter-protesters gathered across the street with “Welcome, We Are All Immigrants” signs. Mableton resident Rich Pellegrino, who organized the group, said considering the lack of immigration enforcement over the last two decades, it’s disingenuous to now expel the people who build houses and pluck chickens in Georgia. Pellegrino said he’s gained new respect for the Georgia senators.
“When a politician takes a stand that’s not popular with his constituency,” he said, “that is a statesman, not just a politician.”
But most of those standing at the corner of Akers Mill Road and Galleria Drive had soured on the senators they once backed. They held signs such as “No More Anchor Babies” and “Illegal aliens displace U.S. workers.”
“If they vote ‘yes,’” said Georgia Minutemen organizer Todd Walker, “it’s political suicide.”
DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones, who is running against Chambliss, shook hands with the protesters and told them he wanted to hear their concerns. Pressed on what he’d do differently, Jones said he’d insist on the enforcement of existing immigration laws.
King, the protest organizer and president of the Marietta-based Dustin Inman Society, exchanged business cards with Jones before accompanying 30 or so other protesters up to Chambliss’ office. Though the senator was not present, they met with one of Chambliss’ field representatives. Many wore bumper stickers on their backs. They read “Kick Me! I am a Citizen.”
Read the entire article here.
An alert sent out by Jerry Gonzalez today.
( Note from D.A. - Convicted felon? Me, 1977 - taking bets on football games. Having seen that the government actually enforces the illegal gambling laws, the odds are 1000 to one that I NEVER do it again. For me: Enforcement works. I got a fine and three years probation that was terminated early. Jerry seems upset that we want the law equally applied….si? Read all about it here , from the AJC story they ran last year…after I supplied them with the information)
Below from Jerry Gonzalez. He seems upset. I urge all to sign up for his alerts ( I am)to see what he says every day. SIGN UP FOR JERRY’S ALERTS HERE ( They normally come in English)
According to our sources, DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones attended an anti-immigrant rally today organized by a convicted felon, D.A. King of the Dustin Inman Society.
Why was Vernon Jones, DeKalb County CEO, in attendance at the anti-immigrant rally?
Was he there as an official envoy from DeKalb County?
Mr. Vernon Jones has some explaining to do.
Please contact his office and ask him to clarify why he was at the anti-immigrant rally.
DeKalb County CEO
Manuel J. Maloof Center
1300 Commerce Drive, 6th Floor
Decatur, GA 30030
( Note from D.A. -PLEASE CALL AND THANK MR. JONES FOR HIS COURAGE IN COMING TO VISIT WITH AMERICANS OPPOSED TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION TODAY)
PHOTOS OF TODAY’S RALLY HERE
A heart felt THANK YOU to all who came out to oppose the Senate amnesty bill.
PRESS RELEASE ON THE VETO OF SB 15 FROM SAM ZAMARRIPA’S GALEO…tended by Jerry Gonzalez
GALEO applauds Governor Perdue’s veto of SB15
Atlanta, GA - May 31, 2007
Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO, released this statement regarding Governor Perdue’s veto of SB15:
“We applaud Governor Perdue for his veto of SB15. We agree with the Governor that SB15 would have had many unintended consequences, similar to the arrest and detention of the Canadian tourist recently in Brunswick, Georgia.
We applaud legislators who voted against this measure, especially GALEO Board Members, State Representatives Pedro Marin (D-Gwinnett, #96) and Tony Sellier (R-Fort Valley, #136).
The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and the Georgia Rural Urban Summit, among others, did an outstanding job opposing and actively lobbying against the legislation during the House of Representatives’ debate.
Comprehensive immigration reform is moving in our U.S. Congress and will solve the issue of unlicensed drivers among the undocumented immigrant population. We also applaud our U.S. Senators, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, for moving forward with real solutions towards comprehensive immigration reform.”
Governor Perdue’s Statement regarding the veto of SB15
Veto Number 32
SB 15 seeks to increase the penalties for driving without a valid license. In addition to other punishments, it provides that a first offense would result in a misdemeanor to be punished by imprisonment of at least two days and not more than twelve days. It also authorizes a $500 to $1,000 fine for first offenses. This broad provision would catch not only those who willfully drive without any valid license, but also persons who move into the State with a valid out-of-state driver’s license that have not obtained a Georgia driver’s license within 30 days of establishing residency. Though judges may suspend the period of imprisonment if the new resident had a valid driver’s license from another state and had good cause for not yet obtaining a Georgia one, SB 15 does not prevent that new resident from being booked and fingerprinted. I fear an unintended consequence of this legislation, as drafted, would subject persons with valid out-of-state driver’s licenses to stout criminal penalties even absent the commission of a willful act. Thus, although I support the intent of tracking persons that possess no valid driver’s license, the potential harms of this legislation cause me to VETO SB 15.
Information on SB15: Drivers’ Licenses; suspended/revoke
A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Chapter 5 of Title 40 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to drivers’ licenses, so as to change certain provisions relating to driver’s license requirement, surrender of prior licenses, and prohibition of local licenses; to change certain provisions relating to driving while license suspended or revoked; to specify punishments for driving without being licensed; to amend Code Section 42-4-14 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to determination of nationality of person charged with felony or driving under the influence and confined in a jail facility, so as to provide for determination of nationality of person convicted of driving without being licensed; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
To read more on SB15, please follow this link.
MALDEF’s position on SB15
On April 20, the Georgia House passed Senate Bill 15, legislation that would make a fourth offense for driving without a license a felony punishable by one to five years in prison.
The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) calls upon Governor Sonny Perdue to veto SB 15 because it moves Georgia in the wrong direction. Georgia should be progressing toward making it possible for all qualified Georgia drivers to be licensed and insured. Instead, the state legislature has focused its energy on a punitive measure that fails to promote public safety.
To read more on MALDEF’s position, please follow this link.
GALEO is a statewide 501 (c) (6) nonprofit and non- partisan organization focusing on leadership development and increased civic engagement of the Latino community. GALEO also provides a voice for the growing Latino population in Georgia and a framework for collaborative and proactive legislative initiatives for Georgia’s Hispanic community.
I have supported Gov. Perdue, Senators Isakson and Chambliss for the past several years and am
very disappointed in their actions as of late. I have called their offices and e-mailed them almost
every day and urged others to do so.
When are these elected officials going to realize they aresupposed to be in office to do the will of the PEOPLE! I think it is 86%of the U.S Population that is agains illegal immigration and amnesty for these illegals, but what help do we get from the people we elected to do OUR will, not theirs. I am at my wits endand think something horrible is going to happen if amnesty is granted.
Governor Perdue needs to stepup to the plate and dowhat he was elected to do.
My son was a State Representative 2 years ago and I was fortunateenough to go to the Governor’s Mansion for a dinner and meet both Governor Perdue and Mary.
I wish I had that opportunity again, I would give him a piece of m ymind!!
May 30, 2007
Sonny Perdue just vetoed SB 15…about 45 minutes ago.
Sonny has caved to the pressure from the ethnic based illegal alien/open borders lobby and to the urging of the insurance industry and criminal employers who have been lobbying him to make it less uncomfortable for their black market labor to get to work.
More Georgians will die at the hands of illegal aliens on our roads as a result of Sonny’s pandering today.
We will not forget.
Creative Loafing - May 9, 2007
“The immigrant community is very fearful and anxious,” says Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials. “People are selling their homes, liquidating their assets and emptying their bank accounts to ensure that they will be able to move on a moment’s notice.”
May 29, 2007
RALLY AGAINST LA BILL! NO COMPROMISE ON THE LAW!
The Dustin Inman Society will stage a rally to oppose amnesty-again.
THURSDAY, May 31, 2007 11:45 arrival, NOON START
RAIN OR SHINE! CORNER OF AKERS MILL RD. AND GALLERIA DRIVE, ATLANTA. AKERS MILL SQUARE SHOPPING CENTER (THIS IS JUST A FEW YARDS FROM SENATOR SAXBY CHAMBLISS’ OFFICE AND A FEW MILES FROM SENATOR ISAKSON’S OFFICE….AND WE WILL BE ON PUBLIC RIGHT- OF- WAY…THE SIDE WALK ON AKERS MILL ROAD AT GALLERIA DRIVE, ENTRANCE INTO THE GALLERIA OFFICE COMPLEX. Just South of where I-285 crosses Cobb Parkway which is Hwy 41. If you were coming from 285, exit Cobb Parkway, go South 1 Block, turn left ( west) turn into shopping center on your right. EVERYONE WILL BE POLITE AND RESPECTFUL. Noon- 1PM.
This is very near the Galleria Hotel, but on public sidewalk. DO NOT BLOCK THE SIDE WALK!
OUR GOAL IS TO MAKE THE U.S. SENATORS REPRESENTING GEORGIA AWARE OF THE MASSIVE PUBLIC RESISTANCE TO THE SENATE BILL! NO AMNESTY-AGAIN! NO COMPROMISE!
Both Georgia Senators have voted with Kennedy, Obama, Clinton and other far left liberals on amendments to the “Grand Compromise” Amnesty-again bill in the U.S. Senate. We must make a public demonstration of the will of the American people to secure our borders and obey the law…WE DO NOT NEED MORE LEGISLATION TO ENFORCE THE LAW OR SECURE THE BORDERS!
WE SUPPORT THE CONCEPT OF ATTRITION THROUGH ENFORCEMENT!
Please take a long lunch and let the media see that real Americans insist on real enforcement and border security! JOIN US IN OUR PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY. We will be protected by Cobb County Police.
We all have see millions of illegal aliens marching with signs that read: AMNESTIA NOW!…and “WE ARE AMERICA!…as Americans WE are America!
THURSDAY – NOON – PLEASE COME HELP US ENCOURAGE OUR SENATORS TO VOTE “NO” ON AMNESTY-AGAIN!
Our signs should read: “NO MORE AMNESTY!” Or “REMEMBER 1986?…WE DO!” or “COME BACK TO US SENATORS!” or “WE ARE AMERICA!” or “MEXICO DEPORTS MORE PEOPLE THAN WE DO!…WHY?”
You can read about the bill here.
Please pick one and make a sign…NO flags other than the American flags will be allowed. This is an effort of the Dustin Inman Society and while we welcome all people who understand that this is about the law and that only, NO OTHER GROUP’S banners will be permitted.
PLEASE COME HELP US WITH A RESPECTFUL DISPLAY OF OPPOSITION! DA@TheDustinInmanSociety.org
May 28, 2007
Gutierrez: Undo guest-worker change
By Stephen Dinan
Rangel on La Bill:
“On other weekend talk shows, Rep. Charles B. Rangel, New York Democrat and chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, said he and others who want to legalize illegal aliens should be up front about calling it amnesty. “I don’t know why this word ‘amnesty’ is such a terrible word,” he said on CNN. “I think these people would make good citizens. We ought to give them amnesty.”
Note from D.A. - Charlie Rangel is more honest than most elected officials…AND
Because of the convoluted and incorrect application of the 14th amendment ( citizenship at birth for babies born to illegal aliens) the “Temporary Worker” plan is a trap. The “temporary workers” will be having children at an astounding rate, and scream” you can’t make me go home…I have American citizen children , you will be breaking up families!” LIKE THEY ARE NOW.
Below from the Washington Times.
The Bush administration will fight to reinstate a broader guest-worker program into the immigration bill, Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez said yesterday.
After a week’s debate in the Senate, Mr. Gutierrez said the administration is happy with the direction of the bill but needs to undo an amendment that cut future temporary guest-workers to 200,000.
“I’m a little bit worried about taking the temporary-workers permit down to 200,000,” he said, calling for Congress to put back in a provision allowing that number to fluctuate to allow businesses to bring in as many workers as they need. “What we need to understand is that, unless we have a legal system by which we can bring in temporary workers, then we’re leaving a void that can be filled by illegals, and that’s exactly what we’re trying to avoid.”
Mr. Gutierrez, speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” said the bill pending in the Senate is the result of many compromises and urged lawmakers not to tinker with it too much when they return after a weeklong Memorial Day vacation.
Underlying the Senate bill, crafted by about a dozen senators from both parties behind closed doors, is a “grand bargain” — Republicans have agreed to create a new path to citizenship specifically for the estimated 12 million to 20 million illegal aliens now in the United States, while Democrats accepted changes to how future immigrants are selected and accepted creation of a guest-worker program to give jobs to future foreign workers.
But senators on both sides are balking at the deal, with many Democrats fighting to make the bill more lenient for illegal aliens and many Republicans trying to make the bill stricter.
Sen. Robert Menendez, New Jersey Democrat, said not allowing guest workers a chance at citizenship will create an underclass of exploitable workers. Appearing with Mr. Gutierrez on ABC, he said that without a path to citizenship, temporary workers will continue to overstay their visas and illegal immigration will continue.
As it stands now, the guest-worker program would allow 200,000 new workers per year to join the program. They would work in three-year cycles of two years in the United States and one year outside and could work for up to three cycles.
Initially the bill called for 400,000 guest workers a year and had a provision allowing that to fluctuate up to 600,000 if businesses needed it.
Critics, though, said that would depress American wages and could have led to 3.6 million guest workers in the country by the 10th year. Those critics managed to cut the program to 200,000 a year — the provision that Mr. Gutierrez said the administration will try to undo.
Please read the entire article here.
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