HB 87 Immigration Enforcement Review Board Named

September 2, 2011 13:49 pm

by Todd Rehm · 50 comments

House Bill 87 created an Immigration Enforcement Review Board, comprising seven members, which will have the power to investigate complaints against local and state government officials or employees alleged to be failing to enforce immigration policies and to order remedial actions or fines up to $5000. The Board is administratively attached to the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts, whose website contains information about filing a complaint.

Governor Deal appointed:

  • Phil Kent of Sandy Springs, who needs no introduction.
  • Shawn Hanley, past chairman of the Fulton County Republican Party, a resident of Roswell.
  • Ben Vinson, an attorney from Atlanta  who previously served as Majority Caucus Counsel in the Georgia House of Representatives.

Lieutenant Governor Cagle appointed: 

  • Boyd Austin, mayor of Dallas since 1995.
  • Mike Yeager  of Moreland, who is currently serving his fifth term as sheriff of Coweta County.

Speaker Ralston appointed:

  • Robert F. Mumford of Conyers, an attorney who served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2005 to 2009.
  • Terry R. Clark, of Moultrie, a member of the Colquitt County Commission, to which he was elected in 2006.
Spacey G September 2, 2011 at 2:09 pm

I bet D.A. King’s gonna go kick a random Hispanic-looking person now… for not getting picked to be on this make-a-Nazi-proud sounding *Immigration Enforcement Review Board.*

Spacey G September 2, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Oh, and please tell me these are all white men on *Immigration Enforcement Review Board*. I can’t WAIT to turn in that neighbor of mine to Commandant Kent! For cutting his grass. He looked kinda brown to me.

Nuge September 2, 2011 at 6:29 pm

I certainly hope there are white men on this board, usually they appoint commies like you guys to such things. and farmers can get their own kids to pick crops, same as my dad did.

Spacey G September 2, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Your dad? Hell, WE picked the damn crops. Then had to tie ’em back onto the plant stems when the Commie Party Dear Leader would do an inspection. So everything would look real pretty and all. Okra, of course, is the worse. Stuff just stings the crap outta a little kid’s arms.

Nuge September 2, 2011 at 8:20 pm

lol, whatever that means. Personally, I could care less what the racial makeup of the board is, as long as they intend to enforce the law of Ga. It is most likely irrelevant anywho on account of republicans will eventually cave to you guys as usual.(They have gotten really good at falling down in the past 50 years) And I seem to recall reading somewhere about a bunch of white guys who got together and drafted a document which gave you the absolute right to get on the internet and make a fool of yourself.

ricstewart September 2, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Still no fiscal note on HB 87.

greencracker September 2, 2011 at 4:23 pm

… say.
hmm ….


Three Jack September 2, 2011 at 2:29 pm

does appointment include the white hood or should appointees just dig an old one out of the closet?

Spacey G September 2, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Gawd Three Jack, I’m so glad I wasn’t drinking a Coke when I read that. Would have totally ruined my laptop with the spew. And I need it… to go turn in neighbors! To Commandant Kent! Wow… white people haven’t had this much fun since the 1930’s! Europe.

CobbGOPer September 2, 2011 at 2:34 pm

So exactly one representative of South Georgia, where all the farms many of these illegals work on are located?

Three Jack September 2, 2011 at 2:57 pm

no worries cobbgoper, governor deal can simply declare the entire state a disaster area annually due to drought — http://southeastfarmpress.com/government/georgia-governor-requests-disaster-assistance-157-counties.

nice job ga legislators…run off the workers so the crops can’t be harvested then go hat in hand to the federal government seeking disaster relief because all the crops died. unfreakinbelievable if it wasn’t another government boondoggle.

Buzz Brockway September 2, 2011 at 3:26 pm

I don’t think the passage of HB87 caused the drought.

From a Business Week article yesterday:

Climatologist David Stooksbury says all of Georgia’s counties are now classified as being in moderate, severe or extreme drought.

Three Jack September 2, 2011 at 5:00 pm

nope, it didn’t. but it did limit the workforce which contributed to less ag being harvested in a timely manner.

Spacey G September 2, 2011 at 2:35 pm

I hope I get picked for the uniform design committee of this board. They’re going to look adorable (and manly too) in their dress greys and blacks. I’m reaching out to The Colonel’s people right now. Get some great gold braid ideas.

Now let’s see… where did they all go?! They were all right there in Lib’Ya last week…

Tiberius September 2, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Shawn Hanley?!?!?!? Really?

After driving the Fulton GOP into a financial mess and running a remarkably divisive campaign where if you didn’t agree with him you are a RINO, he merits this? His only county Executive Committee openly discussed pursuing legal actions agianst this guy!!

His qualifications? An aspiring lobbyist. Oh, sorry, how could I forget? He was a marine. As he told us again and again and again.

22bons September 2, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Legal action? How’s that working out for the YR’s?

UpHere September 2, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Hanley is a tool.

Three Jack September 2, 2011 at 5:01 pm

did hanley serve in the marines?

Spacey G September 2, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Hanley can’t spell. Then again, he doesn’t need to. He’s a Marine.

Ambernappe September 3, 2011 at 10:08 am

Tiberius –
Did the Executive Committee do this in a regular meeting? Who would have made the motion?Perhaps you can advise where the Secretary would have secreted minutes of such a meeting – which I do not believe happened! Such talk is purely frivolous and out of order.

Tiberius September 3, 2011 at 5:45 pm

It happened at the Aug 20th FGOP Executive Committee meeting. Chairman Bonds spent several minutes outlining the party’s financial status wth particular emphasis on the poor shape his predecessor, Shawn Hanley, had left the party. This had been discussed in greater detail at the Operating Committee meeting immediately prior. Particularly appaling to many in the room was the continued use of the vaunted phone system that ended up costing the Party tens of thousands of dollars.

It was discussed openly btwn Chairman Bonds and a leading member of the General Assembly on whether we should proceed with some legal action against Hanley. However, Bonds retterated what was discussed in the Op Committee that because of the potential of bad press, it was better not to play the legal card. However, in only my opinion, I believe a clear majority in that room, in a perfect world, would have welcomed legal action.

I don’t know what Karen put in the minutes. But if you want confirmation of my account there were about 150 leading members of the FGOP in the room who could confirm, including four members of the Legislature and several municipal and county officeholders.

Ambernappe September 4, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Tiberius –
Thank you for your opinion. As is typical of situations where orderly conduct can be euphemistically referred to as “loose”, pertinent information will probably remain undisclosed due to the human instinct to “go for the trash”. I doubt that there is anything close to a majority of committee members who are interested in litigation involving the immediate past FCRP Chairman. Since no agenda, previous meeting minutes, or current financial report accompanied the call to meeting, it is interesting that such a discussion could have reached the Floor. The only material which was provided in advance was a proposal for amendments to the by-laws, which had not been updated since November 2004. Most members seem truly interested in working together to defeat the most frightening Executive Branch of government ever elected in the United States. There should be no energy left to waste on undocumented rumors of malfeasence. This FCRP member is oriented toward marshalling our energies toward solutions that maintain the best for the most Americans of all political persuasions.

Todd Rehm September 4, 2011 at 3:12 pm


I can confirm from talking to two elected officials that the concerns Tiberius mentioned have been raised and that the general consensus was to not address them in order to prevent embarrassing the FCGOP.

To be fair, I’ve heard them treated only as allegations. Shawn Hanley has addressed the issue directly below. I don’t know how strong the allegations are or if they have any basis.

Ambernappe September 4, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Apparently, the Planet will be more easily rid of smallpox than of gossip and slander…I would hope that the two with whom you “confirmed” the previously confirmed information were only answering your questions, not eagerly spreading the dirt. And what has happened to basic integrity when so many sit idly by without questioning public character asssination. The truth is that there is much to laugh about in government and politics that is true.

Doug Grammer September 4, 2011 at 9:36 pm

If this keeps up, there will be a secret binder trotted out. So two office holders who can’t be identified said something that can’t be repeated?

We care only hearing a second hand account of what Chairman Bonds said.

Yes, the phone program cost money. Now do you want to trot out the number of calls that were made for candidates?

CadeThacker September 5, 2011 at 11:19 am

~350,000 calls were made for republican and conservative candiates from that system.

Just the facts ma’am.

greencracker September 8, 2011 at 10:05 pm

was this supposed to be secret? cause, uh, yall just put it in the street, looks like. #justsayin xoxo

gritsnga September 2, 2011 at 3:46 pm

one from outside of Atlanta area, they must not have known where they all

Spacey G September 2, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Not known? Surely the campaign kept excellent records of all good contributors. Otherwise why would the org formerly known as the GA Ethics Commission have wanted to subpoena ’em (the records)?

Todd Rehm September 2, 2011 at 5:19 pm

The State See-Through Commission (fka State Ethics Commission) has not issued any subpoenas. The fact that a member of the staff drew some up doesn’t make it an act of the Commission. There could be valid non-political reasons why the Commission never issued any subpoenas. Aside from not having a Wilford Brimley-looking guy to do it.

Spacey G September 2, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Yeah, no sh*t, Sherlock. That’s why I typed using the word *wanted*, as opposed to, say, *done did*.

saltycracker September 2, 2011 at 4:46 pm

HB-87: “When a public agency or employee fails to take the specified remedial action, the Attorney General shall be authorized to bring a civil mandamus action…”

Let’s hope the committee gets some ground rules worked out. Like most of the overwhelming legal situations they are going to have to get somewhat selective.
Reporting your neighbor will be issued a promisory “rountuit” .

Letting the agri-corps walk won’t be wise nor will targeting the Democrat entrenched counties.
It’ll be interesting as the public agencies start getting calls…….

Key for them is don’t put the supporters into a testy “we can explain…” position.

Shawn Hanley 1 September 2, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Although I dont often post on the PP, or any other blogs, I certainly respect the power and influence blogging has in politics and our dailey life. I was very proud to serve as Chairman of the Fulton GOP. When i came in as Chairman the organization was in the red and when i left it was in the black. Out of respect for my predecessor, current Chairman and the rules of the party I wont be any more specific. A full five year audit of the Trust was also initiated before I left as Chairman and it came back without a missing dime. I’m also very proud of the campaign for State GOP Chairman. We never went negative, I believe we defined the issues of the campaign and ensured that my departing words to the delegates at the convention were those of unity. In withdrawing my name prior to a second ballot I tried to show unity vs just talking about it. There will always be those with a different interpretation of the facts and even those people who will only identify themselves with a pseudonym will have an opinion.

I am honored to have been appointed by Governor Deal to sereve on the Immigration Enforcement Review Board. I will serve with honor and integrity and do my best to ensure that the laws are enforced while respecting ethnic and cultural diversity within our state.

If you have any questions on any of the above issues I’d be happy to talk with you. Just email me at [email protected] or call me on my cell at 404-642-7982.

And Semper Fi T

Rick Day September 2, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Question: when did ‘chairmanship’ as a stand alone word deserve a Capital “C”?

Oh right, When It Pertained To You.

Not to worry, your law has done its job, no way I’d hire anyone unless they look


semper fi, jarhead.

UpHere September 2, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Shawn: Did you ever get the errors in the campaign disclosures fixed? Just wondering…..

Doug Grammer September 2, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Shawn, (and others,)

Congrats. I am sure you will do a fine job. Just remember that some of the posters on here will complain if the sun comes up tomorrow. They could say it’s early, or it’s late. They could say we needed rain and cloudy weather.

For what it’s worth, I usually capitalize Chairman as well.

Tiberius September 2, 2011 at 9:46 pm

can I call your cell from that beautiful phone system that we paid for for months after the election? I’ll follow your lead and not mention how much that debt it accumulated at the FGOP.

Rick Day September 2, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Fun starts when one of those names who appointed these men (because only men can deal with those Messicans, dammit woman!) have their businesses, donors or cronies brought up on charges.

And then, the Good Old Boys™ will Duck, Cover, and…. blame Obamacare.

Spacey G September 2, 2011 at 6:11 pm

I know whatcha mean, Rickie Boy. I always let the menfolk take my housekeepers, maids and cooks (The *New* Help) out back behind the woodshed and beat ’em soundly… FOR me. Hate to get my tiara all twisted when I’m ready to head to the Buckhead charity ball du jour.

chefdavid September 2, 2011 at 5:44 pm

I think I just saw some illegals getting water from the TN River and taking it to Dade.

saltycracker September 3, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Exploitation of illegals will continue until the Feds overhaul the immigration laws and ripping up HB87 is a tactic to continue the exploitation. We’ve covered that fairly well here.

ricstewart September 3, 2011 at 4:39 pm

So what exactly are their qualifications?
I guess Phil Kent is the closest thing to having a background in immigration, even if his immigration views are dead wrong. But I suppose if you’re an anti-immigration protectionist, Phil Kent would be the reasonable choice.

But what about the others? What’s their background in immigration?
They couldn’t find a single immigration attorney? Not a single retired judge from the administrative immigration court system? Heck, anyone retired from any of the federal agencies that deal with immigration. A naturalized citizen to serve on the board?

ricstewart September 3, 2011 at 4:54 pm

HB 87: “Complaints may be received from any legal resident of this state as defined by Code Section 40-2-1 who is also a legally registered voter.”

First Amendment to the United States Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

What if I, as a citizen of Georgia and the United States, choose not to register to vote? Wouldn’t that abridge my right to petition the government for a redress of grievances?
Is the Immigration Enforcement Review Board exempt from the Bill of Rights? Does the incorporation doctrine not apply to boards and commissions like this?

The Last Democrat in Georgia September 3, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Uh, OH-OH…I’m afraid that it may be back to the drawing board on this one, fellas.

I can just see the lawsuits flying on this one when the first local government official is admonished (how many wanna bet that the first government official actually cited would be a Democrat or a Republican on the outs with party leadership?) just because they overlooked that one small Constitutional detail when writing the legislation to come up with this review board.

Also, everyone should keep-in-mind that, by state law, this board can only take action against government officials, NOT private citizens…as soon as that fiscal note is issued, anyway, which should be anyday now…

Charlie September 3, 2011 at 6:36 pm

OK, not a legal scholar here, but for the sake of argument, I’ll start with “Congress didn’t make this law.”

ricstewart September 3, 2011 at 7:22 pm

That’s why I asked about whether or not the incorporation doctrine of the bill of rights would apply here. I’m not a legal scholar by any means either, but I’m just asking an honest question of folks who may be better versed in constitutional law than I am.

The Last Democrat in Georgia September 3, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Congress may not have made this law, but the question is how would the federal courts, all the way up to the Supremes, view a state law that does not allow U.S. or state citizens to be able to file a complaint against their local and state governments simply because they are not a registered voter? The last I saw, legal citizenship was not limited merely just to registered voters.

Ricstewart also has some valid questions about whether The U.S. Bill of Rights and the incorporation doctrine would apply to state and local boards and commissions like the Immigration Enforcement Review Board, questions that a Constitutional lawyer eyeing a big fat civil lawsuit against the state might only be all but too happy to ask to a federal court.

smvaughn September 7, 2011 at 10:34 am

This really comes up a lot in the comments, so it’s worth repeating: almost every right in the Bill of Rights also applies to the states by way of the 14th Amendment. The right to petition the government for redress is no different. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edwards_v._South_Carolina.

The Last Democrat in Georgia September 3, 2011 at 6:33 pm

I fully expect that fiscal note on HB 87 to be issued so soon that I’m going to hold my breath, just because I know that it will be forthcoming that shortly…

Three Jack September 5, 2011 at 2:16 pm

devil filled details of hb87 confuse business owners — http://www.ajc.com/news/georgia-politics-elections/georgias-new-immigration-law-1157121.html

thanks republicans for doing your best to dissuade job growth in georgia. instead of constantly lying about the gop desire to reduce burdensome regulations on private businesses, just admit you are no different than the average big nanny dem when it comes to growing the police state.

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