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March 24, 2006

Georgia Passes Anti-Illegal Alien Bill. Many Latinos Protest By Not Working.

by @ 11:29 am. Filed under Business, Illegal Aliens

Today I was able to drive to work much faster than usual. Because traffic was lighter. I stopped at a McDonald’s and noticed Americans working there that I never saw before. Usually the staff is 100% Latino. Why was today different from most days and actually EASIER than normal? Because Georgia has passed a new anti-illegal immigration bill and many Latinos have decided that it is a case of Latinos against Georgia. Instead of many of the vocal and legal Latinos siding with efforts to prevent illegal immigration, they are trying to paint the entire issue as anti-immigrant and anti-Latino in general. So Latino activists actorvists asked all Latino’s to take the day off. Not to work or shop at all. They have made a concerted effort to try and cripple the state’s economy for the day. There are some legal Latinos that are against this form of protest, but obviously a very large number of Latinos both legal and illegal are participating. I think it’s great and they need to simply leave if they take issue with enforcement against illegals. They have not crippled the state. Traffic was lighter and we can do fine without those who wish to skirt America’s rules for entering this country.

House approves illegal immigration bill

ATLANTA ? The House passed legislation Thursday aimed at curbing illegal immigration in Georgia but not before tightening some provisions of the bill that cleared the Senate and easing others.
The measure, which passed 123-51, is on the short list of this year?s top priorities for Republicans in control of both legislative chambers. Polls have consistently shown illegal immigration to be a major concern of voters in Georgia and other states.
The bill addresses criticism that illegals are draining state coffers by requiring adults seeking many public services to prove they are U.S. citizens are in the country legally.
It targets complaints that illegal workers are depressing wages and taking jobs away from legal residents by requiring companies seeking government contracts to verify that their employees are not illegal immigrants.

At the urging of lobbyists for the farm industry, the House committee that approved the bill earlier this week significantly delayed the effective dates for the provision requiring government contractors to verify their workers? legal status.
Meanwhile, companies that are not working for the government would be subject to even less scrutiny. Under the bill, businesses that pay an illegal worker more than $600 per year would not be able to write that amount off on their taxes.
Rep. Brian Thomas, D-Lilburn, who introduced a bill with tougher restrictions on employers, accused lawmakers of caving in to businesses that rely on illegal workers.
?We as a state can hold all employers in Georgia responsible for knowingly and willingly hiring illegal workers,?? he said. ?(But) we don?t really want to stop the flood, do we???

While the House version of the bill takes a more lenient stand toward employers than the bill passed by the Senate, House members also inserted a tough provision originally passed by the lower chamber as a separate bill.
The provision, sponsored by Rep. Tom Rice, R-Norcross, would require illegal immigrants to pay a 5 percent surcharge on any money they wire out of the country.
Because of the changes the House made, the bill now goes back to the Senate.
If senators don?t agree with the House changes, as is likely, the two chambers would appoint three members each to a conference committee to try to reach a compromise.

As you can see, this bill is not even that “tough” of an anti-illegal immigrant bill. And just the same it has caused a stir. Check out this video report of how many Latinos organized their “day off” protest. (If you can’t view the video report a text report is here, but has less details.)

The Latino community is making a critical error in trying to make this a Latinos versus everyone else issue. It will cause Georgians to 2nd guess even the legal Latino immigrants. Who wants to do business with someone that may decide at a moment’s notice not to work? It would be counter-productive to consumers to do business with any store that decides to take a day off every time the owners’ illegal friends don’t get their way.

Given this weak bill resulted in such a response, I hope more tougher bills are passed in the future. At this rate, we might be able to resolve the issue of illegal immigration, by them leaving on their own. Simply because we made the environment too uncomfortable for them to stay.


Related post:
Not Every Immigrant Wants to be a Proud American



14 Responses to “Georgia Passes Anti-Illegal Alien Bill. Many Latinos Protest By Not Working.”

  1. Independent Conservative Says:

    Sorry Jose, I Did Want to do Business With You, but….

    This is where the issue of dealing with illegal immigration hits home – literally. As I mentioned in a previous post, Latinos that choose to take a day off in protest of efforts against illegal immigration do themselves no good. The protests only re…

  2. Publius Rendezvous » Guard the Borders Weekly BlogBurst Says:

    […] In Georgia, many Latinos protested a newly passed bill aimed at curbing illegal immigration by not working or shopping for the day. Guess what? The state’s economy didn’t collapse! A small American rally in Temecula, CA, focused on border security and law enforcement. We also saw peaceably demonstrating American citizens attacked by an unruly crowd of pro-illegal immigration and socialist protesters in Indiana. […]

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  6. The Irate Nation - » GTB Blogburst Says:

    […] In Georgia, many Latinos protested a newly passed bill aimed at curbing illegal immigration by not working or shopping for the day. Guess what? The state’s economy didn’t collapse! A small American rally in Temecula, CA, focused on border security and law enforcement. We also saw peaceably demonstrating American citizens attacked by an unruly crowd of pro-illegal immigration and socialist protesters in Indiana. Photo by Freedom FolksThis week, our Senate continues the debate on illegal immigration, with an upcoming vote on the McCain-Kennedy Amnesty bill. And, pressing for his “guest worker” program, our President repeats the tired (and untrue) refrain that our country needs these workers to do what Americans won’t: “We must remember there are hardworking individuals, doing the jobs that Americans will not do, who are contributing the economic vitality of our country,” the president said in his weekend radio address. […]

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  10. Real Teen- Right on the Right » Blog Archive » GTB Blogburst- 3-27-06 Says:

    […] In Georgia, many Latinos protested a newly passed bill aimed at curbing illegal immigration by not working or shopping for the day. Guess what? The state’s economy didn’t collapse! A small American rally in Temecula, CA, focused on border security and law enforcement. We also saw peaceably demonstrating American citizens attacked by an unruly crowd of pro-illegal immigration and socialist protesters in Indiana. […]

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  12. The Right Track » Guard the Borders Blogburst Says:

    […] In Georgia, many Latinos protested a newly passed bill aimed at curbing illegal immigration by not working or shopping for the day. Guess what? The state’s economy didn’t collapse! A small American rally in Temecula, CA, focused on border security and law enforcement. We also saw peaceably demonstrating American citizens attacked by an unruly crowd of pro-illegal immigration and socialist protesters in Indiana. Photo by Freedom Folks […]

  13. A Lady's Ruminations Says:

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