McKoon (et al) On Immigration Bill: “No.”

State Senator Josh McKoon and some of his Senate colleagues have sent a letter urging US Senators Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss to vote “no” on the immigration reform bill currently being debated in the Senate. (See the letter at this link.) And in case you don’t read the letter, there’s a press release as well, after the jump. 

Georgia Legislators Ask U.S. Sens. Chambliss, Isakson to Vote “No” on Federal Immigration Bill

“Georgia Legislators urge  U.S. Senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson to vote “no” on the proposed federal immigration bill currently being considered in the U.S. Senate. In a letter sent to Senators Chambliss and Isakson on Tuesday, Georgia State Senators, including Senate Judiciary Chairman Josh McKoon, outlined what they believe to be proactive solutions to U.S. immigration reform.

“While we undoubtedly need to address the complex issue of immigration reform, we must ensure we’re doing what’s right for all Americans, especially the people of Georgia,” said Sen. McKoon. “In its current form, the proposed immigration bill would likely come at a high cost to taxpayers, leave unresolved security issues along the border and grant amnesty to countless illegal immigrants. While we wholeheartedly support legal paths to immigration, it is important we are respectful to the countless immigrants who obtained their citizenship through legal channels.”

As part of the letter sent to Congress, Georgia Legislators highlighted several areas of concern as it relates to the long-term effects of federal immigration reform and its ability to:

  • Maintain tight security along the borders at our ports and other national points of entry
  • Provide a fair, equitable path to citizenship
  • Ensure a cost effective solution that relives taxpayers and local governments from the astronomical costs associated with immigration

Immigration is not only an issue at the federal level, but has recently come up for debate in Georgia. During the 2011 Legislative Session, the Georgia General Assembly passed House Bill 87. Through the passage of this bill, companies with more than 10 employees are required to use the free and quick E-Verify program to ensure prospective employees are legal U.S. Citizens. It also allows law enforcement to check immigration status of suspects during the regular investigation of criminal acts.

HB 87 was revisited during the 2013 Legislative Session through the passage of SB 160. This bill clarifies and streamlines the verification process when applying for or renewing business licenses and public benefits.”

Sen. Josh McKoon serves as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee.  He represents the 29th Senate District, which includes Harris and Meriwether counties and portions of Muscogee and Troup counties.  He may be reached by email at [email protected].

6 comments

  1. Ghost of William F Buckley says:

    Fully four years ago many suggested that the +/- 12 million illegal aliens should be offer a path toward citizenship much like the one currently being discussed. Right here.

    The fact that this solution is being discussed shows me that policymakers have listened to the fact that this issue cannot be decided at the State level, in a piecemeal fashion. GA/AL use E-Verify which I fully support. Yet, without uniformity labor will migrate to other States without the rigor of E-Verify, creating an uneven supply of much needed labor.

    We have seen that citizens are not willing to do a lot of the work being done by illegal aliens.

    The hangup is that folks committed a crime to enter the US, mostly to find work. The larger issue is +/- 12 Million people are here among us, many of them hard working.

    We cannot call for a Federal mandate on the immigration issue and then block every effort to make a path toward citizenship costly and fairly arduous, but achievable because people want to come here to work.

    I agree with salty, no voting privileges, no Federal benefits, and few State benefits. let’s see how many continue to come here.

    Fences are easily breached over time, costly to maintain, and usually fail from a military standpoint. Build it anyway and for a special touch of irony, don’t hire non-citizens.

    We wrangle about the arena avoiding the issues that can actually improve our lot in life.

    • saltycracker says:

      Those were not my points but in the bill they object to –
      I don’t blame the illegal when the risk/reward ratio is so favorable.
      I wonder what the punitive points are for employers…..
      A strategy that might get a fire lite under reform is 100% e-verify and cutting off a supply line by nailing the employers with big fines.

      But interests on many sides of the issue have more to gain by exploiting illegals who will suffer as it nets better than available at home.

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