Georgia Lawmakers Crack Down on Immigration

By: Gabrielle Sarann Email
By: Gabrielle Sarann Email

State lawmakers from across the aisle are combing through at least eight bills enforcing transparency in dealing with undocumented residents.

These include measures barring illegal immigrants from attending public colleges, requiring business to verify workers eligibility and asking hospitals to report undocumented patients.

"If you're not a resident of the United States, I don't think you should be reaping the benefits for school, for hospitals, whatever," said Brian Palmer, of Valdosta.

"I see it first hand illegals working and they're taking jobs from people who want jobs," said Eric Ansley, of Valdosta. "And especially the way the economy is now, I'm more for it than ever before."

These bills must be approved by both the House and Senate before Governor Deal can sign them into law.


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  • by Georgia Boy Location: Cairo on Mar 7, 2011 at 04:41 AM
    Truth, if you haven't noticed the economy is in a shambles, so if it was built on immigrant labor we obviously need a change and in a hurry. If you know now the company you are working for is going to move to Mexico or China I highly doubt the bills currently being considered by the Legislature had anything to do with their plans. I imagine the cost of doing business has influenced them, however, which includes Obamacare coming, and the general tax environment of this nation toward businesses. If illegals leave the country there will be a decrease in expenditure of tax dollars paid by natives of this nation for things like public schools, welfare, food stamps, medicaid, public housing, gas use, you name it, so I suggest you head out. If you want to live, work, and get the benefits this nation provides enter it legally. If you pay all the taxes we do and work I have no problems with your being here. We survived fine before you came and we'll survive fine without you.
  • by Truth Location: About on Mar 5, 2011 at 08:22 AM
    The truth is that the US economy is already build with the immigrant labor, so please do not be surprise if the burgers that we are eating goes twice expensive because immigrants going home that's from meat processing to food preparing to food serving, what about the falling stores profits from the 5% drop in customers? O but that's not all these  half a million undocumented will take with them their legal relatives like family members to go home also and the half a million leaving the state can easy become 20-30% of the population of the state , surprised ? Well that's the Spanish, Asian, African communities how many of these people you see every day? And also do not be surprised if not many but all business are moving to china and Mexico ? It is happening, and I think the bill makers knows it, but they care only to be reelected  ! O did I mention it the the box packaging company I am truck driver at is going to move in Mexico so the employes over there will be all legal !continued...
  • by Indipendent Location: Thinking on Mar 5, 2011 at 08:17 AM
    For 7 years I have seen lines of americans applying for the job, quitting in the first weeks because of the heat , noise and the dangerously machines! Only two US born employees survive for the first month when the health insurance benefits started. I talked with both of them they was with some health problems needing an insurance coverage as soon as possible because most companies start benefits after three or more moths! And the starting salary was 13$ an hour so the money was not the problem for Americans to staying after applying ? And that is box packaging company , imagine what is in the fields of onions peaches and any agriculture or the landscaping in the Georgia summers..... Ok let's imagine what will happened with the food prices after the fields of Georgia becomes empty or the meat processing goes out of business or the real estate after the half a million undocumented go home? Well that's more than 5% of the all residents of Georgia paying rents owning houses paying taxes!
  • by Just Location: Thinkig on Mar 5, 2011 at 08:12 AM
    There is a clearly wrong message in this legislation, so our elected lawmakers make us believe that the targeting of peach and onion workers, chicken and seafood workers, construction, landscaping in the georgia heat in the summer for 7$ an hour is the wright thing to do, but at the same time nobody is saying something for the so called legal immigration like doctors from India, computer specialist from Asia , lawyers , bankers from who knows where who are paid in the hundreds of thousands $ a year, no but our politicians are targeting the 7$ an hour and less per hour workers in the fields of onions peaches chicken meat fish  processing construction...Ooo but the immigrants are taking the jobs wright? Wrong! Obviously wrong I am driving truck for a box producing company in atlanta where 95% of the employees are immigrants the other 5% are management. For 7 years I have seen lines of americans applying for the job, quitting in the first weeks because of the heat , noise and the danger
  • by Reform Gov. Subsidized Programs, illegals may return to their Mother Land Location: Leon County, FL on Mar 4, 2011 at 09:50 AM
    To Anon Farm Kid. I'm 55 yr. old & raised on large chicken, livestock and crop farm in Grady Co. We worked hard like you, with no hired hands. Let's look at History: In 1965 President Johnson stamped out poverty with Fed. Gov. Wellfare programs, Food Stamps, Subsidized Housing, Medicaid, Medicare, Cedar Jobs & Student college grants for poor, minorities & Affirmative Action & Fair Labor Law Act were enacted. Under Pres. Carter, farmers got free fed money for not planting foodcrops, corn, peanut,wheat called Alotments. Our Nation was overproucing too much. Young people had better opportunity outside of working on a farm. None of us 8 kids remained on the farm. Daddy could not operate his farm and make a profit because he could not pay mandated wage of hour to workers & S.S.tax to Feds. He leased his land to graze cattle, & got gov. peanut, corn allotment money, planted pine tress in Gov. Conservation Program, got$ & low property tax.2001 Farm Bill subsiz'd farmers.illegalMigReapNow!
  • by Mike Location: Remerton on Mar 4, 2011 at 07:47 AM
    TO THE PEOPLE THAT THINK THEY ARE OVER HERE STEALING JOBS FROM AMERICANS WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE I CAN COUNT ON ONE HAND THE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE APPLIED FOR A JOB WHERE I WORK SO WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT ILLEGALS GETTING BENIFITS AND WELFARE LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER I SEE PEOPLE EVERYDAY LIVING IN SUBSIDIZED HOUSING DRIVING BRAND NEW CARS AND PAYING $100.00 RENT AND THEY ARENT MEXICAN OH BY THE WAY I DARE ANY OF YOU PEOPLE TO GO TO MEXICO AND LIVE WHERE THESE PEOPLE LIVE AND TELL ME ITS GOOD AND YOU WILL SEE WHY THEY COME OVER HERE
  • by proud mexican Location: quincy on Mar 4, 2011 at 07:23 AM
    Mexicans come here for the American dream...yea mexicans may not have papers to be here.... But we just want to provide for our family's just as much as blacks and whites...Before anybody starts to point the finger at mexicans as criminals why not look around you how many americans are killing, stealing, lying to get food stamps or medicad and not paying bills.....that is just another fact that makes us all equal.....Mexicans may be taking jobs but that is cause we are welling to work in anything and refuse to just stand in the corner stop sign holding a sign asking for money....
  • by ga. boy Location: t'ville on Mar 4, 2011 at 04:34 AM
    everyone in ga. needs to contact there state leg. and tell them you support this bill. i see first hand everyday what tax payers are paying for for ILLEGAL immigrants. they get everything they can free at yours and mine expense, health care, peach care, no insurance, take the tags off your cars, cause they can't buy tags, anything they can get free they go for it cause they know they can get it. ITS TIME TO PUT AMERICA BACK TO WORK, ITS TIME TO PUT GA. BACK TO WORK. Company that i work for has 200 ill. working for them, its ashame, they sit and laugh about it cause they can work them how they won't, cause they know they ain't got know where else to go. have there on little slave factory
  • by Georgia Boy Location: Cairo on Mar 4, 2011 at 03:58 AM
    Concerned, if we get the able bodied deadbeats and illegals off welfare, public housing, food cards, and medicaid we can afford higher grocery prices through lower taxes. In addition, when the legals get hungry they will be glad to go work in fields. And if they don't we should let them go hungry until they find gainful employment.
  • by Tom Location: georgia on Mar 4, 2011 at 03:33 AM
    Passing a law and enforcing a law are different. Our elected officails in Georgia don't have the guts to enforce these laws. I am sure they left a hole in which these illegals will get around trouble. After reading they are going to increase taxes on cell phones, satalite, and cable I am as disgusted with georgia officials as I am Washington officials No one knows their butt from a hole in the ground. Has anyone who holds office ever heard of cutting expenses. They haven't mentined medicaid cuts only tax increases
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