No illigal alien store owners in Conyers, ‘fer sure

And, so, it begins.

Filling out an application is not enough anymore. Business owners within the city of Conyers must now confirm they are in the country legally before they can run a business.

Local government agencies were recently called to verify citizenship and immigration status of business owners through the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements, or SAVE, program of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

The Conyers City Council voted Jan. 20 to enter into an agreement with the federal agencies though Conyers city attorney Michael Waldrop noted they did not have much choice.

“The Georgia Legislature has required that cities and counties participate in the SAVE program to verify the legality of those who do business and receive benefits from the city,” Waldrop told the council members.


  1. Technocrat says:

    Right………Just like so many illegal homeowners who place the mortgage and title in their minor [born in USA] children’s name.

  2. ByteMe says:

    Well, there’s a topic that’ll screw with wingnut Republicans: which is more important, less regulation to start a business or making sure illegals can’t run a business?

    Decisions, decisions….

  3. This is interesting. I understand the backlash against illegals and the desire to verify people for employment so they don’t “steal jobs”. I don’t AGREE with that line of reasoning, but I do UNDERSTAND it. However, a backlash against illegals running a licensed business and paying local taxes, growing the economy and creating jobs? Now this I don’t understand at all.

    The only explanation for this is that established local business doesn’t like competition, and will always use their government ties to restrict new competition as much as possible. That’s pretty hard for anyone to defend on ideological grounds, though.

    • Donna Locke says:

      It’s called demagnetization — getting rid of all possible magnets, incentives, etc., to illegal immigration. Since our federal government will not enforce it own laws and obey its prime directive of protecting Americans from invasion (and by the way, we don’t know what actual border control/security is in this country, because it’s never been tried; the United States saves that feature for other countries) — but since our corporate overlords via the fed keep it coming, states and localities have to do what they can to protect themselves from this unfunded federal mandate called illegal immigration. And they can do plenty.

      If you, Steve, would like to take on the full cost of illegal immigration to Americans, which includes a not-too-distant population overload driven almost entrely by immigration and characterized by an entitlement mentality (see link below), that would be just ducky, but since you probably won’t do that, those of us with some contact with fiscal reality and more than that a little foresight will do what we can to preserve what’s left of this crumbling nation for our children and grandchildren.

      • benevolus says:

        What’s worse; having them come here to work or having our corporations go down there to employ them? Either way, they still get the jobs.

    • UGAalum says:

      It quite simple actually.

      It is called the rule of law. Black and white.

      They are here ILLEGALLY. What is so difficult to understand about the word illegally, as in against the law, as in should be deported. Period.

      Black and white.

    • Game Fan says:

      It’s easy. They’re illegal. Illegal means illegal. The legal/illegal concept ain’t difficult to grasp. This goes for citizens, politicians, corporate C.E.O.s ect… No hate needed. Just a keen grasp of the obvious.

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