Georgia on Tuesday began the formal process of appealing the blocked of portions of their immigration law, HB87. On June 27th, Judge Thomas Thrash granted a request by the ACLU, the Mexican Government, and others, to block parts of the law that penalize people who knowingly and willingly transport or harbor illegal immigrants while committing another crime. He also blocked provisions that authorize officers to verify the immigration status of someone who can’t provide proper identification.
Judge Thrash’s absurd ruling sounded in parts as if penned by a petulant staffer from the ACLU…
“The apparent legislative intent is to create such a climate of hostility, fear, mistrust and insecurity that all illegal aliens will leave Georgia,” Thrash wrote in his ruling.
Well, duh – Georgians actually want illegals to leave their state. Is that not obvious? What is disturbing is that a Federal judge would view Georgia’s method for doing so – the enforcement of existing immigration laws – as a “hostile” act. Huh? What document did he swear an oath to uphold? I suggest he read it again as a refresher.
It is also dumfounding that, in the same sentence as Thrash (surprisingly) used the term “illegal aliens”, he would also decry the enforcement of laws against law-breakers as creating “insecurity” and “fear” for them. Does a bank robber have a presumption of security and freedom? Should he stroll out of the bank unconcerned that any sirens, lights and drawn pistols await him? Similarly, should those who violated our border to come to Georgia, broke more laws to obtain employment and false ID, and any number of additional state or Federal felonies, be left free from enforcement and prosecution? Ridiculous.
Georgia’s appeal will go to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, where the ACLU et al will find a less welcoming audience then what they and Eric Holder found at the 9th Circus Kangaroo Court in San Francisco. 9 of the 16 justices at the Atlanta court are Republican appointees, unlike the 70% Democrat court on the 9th. Let’s hope those justices use wisdom as often as Judge Thrash used his emotions, and restore these common sense provisions to the Georgia law.
And above these nascent disputes in Georgia, Alabama and Indiana (and soon in South Carolina) is Arizona’s appeal of Judge Susan Bolton injunction against the bulk of SB1070. If the Supreme Court – which has already given Arizona a major victory this year – sides with Gov. Brewer & Co., then the ACLU, Eric Holder and the Mexican Government can go pound sand, as the rule of law on immigration will be re-established in EVERY state across the land.
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