Immigration Update

Sen. Chip Rogers is receiving cheers and jeers in the wake of the Senate’s passage of SB 529. Cheers from D.A. King in the Marietta Daily Journal:

A firmer grasp of the reality of the crisis is sweeping over the Georgia Legislature. For that, we have Georgia state Sen. Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) to thank. For Georgians who have been demanding that our state government do something to fight illegal immigration, the end of the beginning may be in sight. Rogers’ Senate Bill 529, The Georgia Security and Immigration Compliance Act, passed the senate Wednesday. It is the strongest such legislation in the nation.

Jeers from Thomas Vilardi in the Gwinnett Forum. Vilardi states he is a Republican, a constituent of Sen. Rogers, and will never vote for him again. He goes on to say:

I would urge both Republicans and Democrats to support the McCain-Kennedy Bill. This bipartisan bill includes comprehensive border security and immigration reforms. I was pleased to see that Senator Sam Zamarripa proposed an amendment to SB529 to protect immigrant’s access to higher education. While this is good news, it simply is not enough. What good is access to higher education if there is no driver’s license to get them there? When graduation is upon them, the lack of a legal status will keep them from being able to work here legally.

Meanwhile, Senator Johnny Isakson is changing course and taking a tougher stance on the issue, offering a plan that focuses almost exclusively on border access:

“This legislation takes the steps necessary to make sure our border is secure,” Isakson said. “Once that is done the other problems are manageable.”

Isakson switched to a more hard-line approach after recent travel along the Mexico border, where he examined existing security measures such as barriers and drone surveillance aircraft and inspected tunnels and other passages used to enter the United States illegally.

His action also comes a day after the Georgia Senate passed a bill that seeks to ensure illegal immigrants do not receive taxpayer-provided benefits to which they are not entitled, and which would prevent employers from claiming wages for illegal immigrants as a tax deduction. The bill could be considered in the state House next week.

Isakson’s bill calls for spending nearly $1.5 billion to add 1,500 border agents and to buy 24 unmanned aircraft that would monitor the 2,000-mile border from 15,000 feet.

3 comments

  1. Bill Simon says:

    “What good is access to higher education if there is no driver’s license to get them there?”

    A computer might be a better way to access the higher education. The E-Rate debacle aside, maybe it’d be cheaper to give everyone a home computer to educate themselves via online courses as opposed to stuffing our schools with the illegals.

  2. dking says:

    link to mdj piece…. http://www.thedustininmansociety.org/articles/dak_mdj/art_dak_mdj_2006mar10a.html

    info on Saturday’s rally at the Capitol http://www.thedustininmansociety.com/blog/?p=81

    Observation: my life changed forever when I saw the Az. Mexico border for the first time 2 years ago. I believe that Senator Isakson’s did as well. Securing our borders is required by the constitution. There are no “wrong people” for whom to insist our laws apply.

    I watched 50 illegal aliens being escorted around the Georgia Capitol by people who make their living from aggressivly promoting illegal immigration last week. Jerry Gonzalez being one of them. Jerry works directly for Zamarripa. Follow the money.

  3. atlantaman says:

    “I watched 50 illegal aliens being escorted around the Georgia Capitol ”

    Would it not have been hilarious if INS did a raid on the Capitol while they were receiving their tour.

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