Governor to sign immigration bill.

ATLANTA – Governor Sonny Perdue will the Georgia Security and Immigration Compliance Act (HB 529), TODAY, Monday, April 17, 2006 at 2:00 p.m.

WHO:Governor Sonny Perdue & Senator Chip Rogers

WHAT:Press Conference

WHEN:TODAY, Monday, April 17, 2006
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

WHERE:State Capitol, Governor’s Office Atlanta, Georgia


  1. Melb says:

    When there is no one left to blame and all your troubles are still there who will you look to then?

  2. Fiddes says:

    Yeah, I think I was being called a MFr. Interesting. Well, Melb, here are my troubles: 12 million criminals running around this country sucking down 50% more in government services than the “taxes” they allegedly pay while they maintain a clear allegence to a foreign nation. This is coupled with a lack of interest on the Federal level to enforce the laws of this land. See, it’s a little thing called “crime” that I don’t like. I, shockingly, thinking criminals should be locked up, or, in the case of these illegal aliens, deported. When they are gone I’ll just go ahead and blame you for my troubles. Sound good? That way I’ll keep you in the proverbial loop and you won’t feel alone.

  3. Decaturguy says:

    A few years ago it was the welfare recipients, then it was the gays, then it was this “persecution” of the Christians, this year it is the immigrants.

    I think Melb’s point was, why do Republicans always have to blame someone or something else for all of their troubles? Why can’t they take a little personal responsibility? It is always someone else’s fault, someone is persecuting the majority. The “liberal media” is to blame. And on and on and on.

    This really is not about illegal immigration, they’ll have some other boogeyman next year to blame.

  4. Bill Simon says:

    “I, shockingly, thinking criminals should be locked up, or, in the case of these illegal aliens, deported.”

    Fiddes, you are SO old-fashioned in your views on life. Do you still wear plaid pants and drive a 1972 Ford Galaxy?

  5. Bill Simon says:

    Actually, Decaturguy, as a dyed-in-the-wool member of the VRC, I have next year’s scapegoat plans right here…lemme see…Ahhhh-Haaaa!, here it is: “liberal bloggers.” 😛


  6. Decaturguy says:

    Actually, it sounds like Governor Perdue supports something to the effect of a guest worker program. While he signed Rogers bill he had this to day:

    “We recognize that immigration is ultimately a national issue that needs a national solution,

  7. Demonbeck says:

    The great part about this issue is that it is so messed up that everyone knows it will never be solved. You could pretty much change anything and make the situation better – kind of like our school systems.

    First off – the federal government has GOT to build a wall. In doing so, it will allow them to better control the access into and out of our country so that they can implement a credentialing system that will allow more people to come and go more freely. Until we can control who is coming and going with more efficiency, the rest of the argument is worthless.

    Think of it this way. If you are on a ship and a hole develops in the hull – bringing in 10 gallons of water per minute (It’s a small hole ok?) It takes you one minute to remove a gallon of water per minute. It takes you five minutes to patch the hull. Are you better off taking the water out 1 bucket at a time or by patching the hull?

  8. SouthernConservative says:

    I had heard that the bill doesn’t kick in until 2009, which basically makes it functionally useless. Is that true?

  9. Melb says:

    Actually, I was calling Perdue a MFr for speaking out about how this is a National issue and then signing a bill that tries to solve immigration at the State level.

    I believe Decaturguy clarified my other comment

    And as for the criminal comment. First it is not like these people are violent criminals, they broke the law one time for a better life because they and their families could not survive in the country of their origin. They do pay taxes, they have put 400+ billion dollars into social security alone (because the government keeps tabs on money brought in by fake ss #’s), and since government services are given to people without a question of whether or not they are illegal immigrants i.e. K-12 education and we don’t know where or how many are even in GA ie 250K-800K, no one knows, there is no way your statistic is correct, or have any way to prove that it is.

    As for they have allegiance to other countries, They have pride in America and pride in their heritage, there is nothing wrong with that at all.

    As for arresting all these “criminals.” Have you even thought about that critically. Where would they all go, how much would that cost the taxpayer, more police officers needed to get violent criminals and immigration criminals, money to care for them while in jail, administrative deportation proceedings. That all sounds great instead of having them work here and let them take care of themselves, which most of them do, we can throw them all in jail and put 100% of the burden on citizens. Brilliant plan. You should think about running for office.

  10. Melb says:

    I’m sorry if you can’t see the difference bw Ken Lay’s actions and “illegal” immigrants.

  11. Bill Simon says:

    Melb, the point is, if you’re willing to ignore laws at one junction, what’s to stop you from ignoring laws at another point down the road?

  12. Fuzzyslippers says:

    I agree Bill.

    We should deport anyone who has ever recieved a speeding ticket as well.

    We all know murder is next.

    Melting Pot indeed.

  13. JP says:

    “This is coupled with a lack of interest on the Federal level to enforce the laws of this land.” And Georgia is actually going to enforce the regulations that impose sanctions on employers who HIRE illegals? I’ll believe that when I see it.

  14. Demonbeck says:

    Regardless of what you think about this issue, you should always remember this phrase while debating it:

    “Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

  15. Fiddes says:

    I got a kick out of reading all the posts after mine. I’ll just say that I DON’T wear the plaid pants nor drive an old stick shift. Hey, some of you think I’m “blaming someone;” I think I’m simply asking that the law be enforced.

    There are (I’ve learned) a goodly number of illegal Irish immigrants in the northeast. THEY should be deported, too! Regardless of race, the law should be enforced.

    As some here get all preachy with what quotes we should remember in this debate, how about: “This is a nation of laws, not men.” Yeah, that’s the ticket!

  16. Demonbeck says:

    You are completely correct Fiddes with your quote, but are we a nation founded on laws or principles? I would say the latter.

    That being said, we must not allow our laws to completely supercede those principles. We must build a wall on our borders – without a wall, we cannot stop the flow of illegals over our borders.

    Unfortunately, a wall would send a terrible message to the world, but we could, in turn, improve legal access to America once we know we have turned the tide on illegal access.

  17. Demonbeck says:

    A wall AND a moat, filled with crocodiles and water moccasins with laser beams attached to their heads and, in an ironic twist, built by illegal immigrants.

    That reminds me – Is Water Moccasin not politically correct anymore? What do we call them now? Water Mockingbirds a la East Tennessee State University?

  18. Fiddes says:

    Demonbeck, you are spot on. I have absolutely no problem with LEGAL immigration but do think we need a wall on the south border and all ILLEGAL aliens deported. Clearly, I’m living in a dream world if I were to really think that would happen. But, once it did (for argument’s sake), I’d be 100% behind increasing the numbers of visas distributed and expanding the numbers allowed for legal immigration. This nation’s scientific and industrial energies have for the last century come from the new blood outside the borders and I, for one, do not want to destroy that.

    The process by which we accept and process LEGAL immigrants promotes the melting pot philosophy where the newcomers adapt to OUR American “culture.” It is that melting into the fabric of society that allows the nation to culturally and economically grow.

    People like “Melb” can call me a “MFr” and I can be accused of being old fashioned, but the fact remains that the law should be enforced. Once that is done, we can certainly talk about ways to improve the methods for gaining citizenship. For two friends of mine in Tampa, it took seven years. Is that too long? Maybe. But at least they followed the law.

  19. Melb says:

    Fiddes, I thought you said you read the other comments. That wasn’t directed at you, but I’m starting to think that you want it to be.

  20. wally says:

    you guys are damn crazy, particularly melb. pull your head out of your sphincter, guy. the reality is that the people protesting are not protesting in order that they may become citizens but rather coming to a place, illegally, and then making demands about how they are to be treated once they get here. they gather to protest, waving flags of countries that they have left and to which, they would rather not return. wtf? if they want to come here and assimilate, fine. but that’s not what is happening. this is truly balkanization and it will ultimately lead to the fracturing of our society. get with the da#@ program people….

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