A group is trying to rally Hispanic voters to protest, but are apparently doing so with some false claims. The Chattanooga Times Free Press has more.

Anonymous fliers circulating here call for Hispanic residents to boycott stores and skip school and work today in protest of illegal immigration legislation that passed the Georgia Senate.

“This town is in uproar,” said Rosa Ramirez, the manager for Carniceria Loa No. 3, a local Hispanic grocery store. “There is a lot happening here. People in the plants and businesses are saying they will stay home.

“The flier, written in Spanish, also asked for a protest march at the state Capitol in Atlanta at 10 a.m. today.Senate Bill 529 would deny some state benefits to illegal immigrants and penalize companies with undocumented workers on payroll.

Contrary to claims on the fliers, the bill would not block emergency health care, prenatal care, immunizations and K-12 education for illegal residents.


  1. HJ Bailey says:

    Maybe, all the illegal immigrants will show up to march today and we can get them and transport them back to Mexico.

  2. Melb says:

    In regards to the paper I don’t think anyone should be making false claims to get people worked up. I thought this bill address a lot of the concerns undocumented immigrants and the community had. While I disagree on principle because I believe this is a federal issue not a state issue and that states with multiple policies will hinder the issue not help. This bill seemed like a compromise and Rogers seemed open to the opinions of others. You can see this by looking at the bills that Rogers was offering at first SB 170 and 171 and compare them to SB 529. For example, One denys undocumented immigrants from higher education, this one does not, is something that stands out.

  3. HJ Bailey says:

    Melb, you are right. This SHOULD be a federal issue; however, our Congressman are not making changes that are needed. They talk about solutions but never implement what they talk about. Oh sure, there is a bill here and there, but they will not take the bold leadership that is necessary.

    Senator Rogers has the bold leadership necessary, and he is confronting the problem and, demanding change from our Congressmen on a federal level, but at the same time helping the problem in the state since they won’t.

  4. spaceygracey says:

    Funny you mention disgruntled Hispanics, or the possibility thereof. Was just doing a bit of bedtime reading about the killling of Ruben Salaz, from the late great Hunter S. Thompson’s POV that is.

    If there’s mayhem and rioting, I am so there – to blog it. You Rep gringo boys better lay low. Those Latino dudes don’t mess around. Here’s more on the martyring of Ruben Salaz. Sure wish I had the tee shirt:

  5. HJ Bailey says:

    I have said it before and I will say it again….Those who are here illegally do not have a right to American services or freedoms and they should be deported. The cost of deporting illegals would be worth not having to spend tax dollars on education and health care for illegals.

  6. possum says:

    Aw, lighten up on the illegal immigrants, boys. You can evangelize them and get them to join your GOP churches and give you all their money. THEN you can deport them!

  7. Bill Simon says:

    Curious question, HJ: Do the illegals have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Or, is that only an unalienable right granted to Americans?

  8. Brian from Ellijay says:

    Of course they do, just not in America Bill. 😉 There are steps for them to confirm citizenship. How bad do they want to stay.

  9. John Konop says:

    We cannot fix the issue until we address the root of the problem. Since NAFTA style trade deals we are competing with billions of people making less than $2 a day. If we do not stop using U.S tax dollars to build overseas sweatshops that promote child and slave labor, at the expense of our middle class, we all be victims of the race to the bottom. Pete Peterson and Paul Craig Roberts former Republican Treasury Secretaries are right, that we need to raise the bar not lower it in our trade deals. How many of you would risk your life to come here if you and your kids were working in a sweatshop for $2 a day?

  10. HJ Bailey says:

    Bill, I apologize, I just saw your comment. I haven’t been on in a few days. Yes, I believe people have the right of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, and there is a legal process which you can gain these rights. And that is the legal immigration, going through the legal process of becoming an American, and then you can have those rights.

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