Way to go, Peach State!
Gov. Nathan Deal yesterday signed S.B. 160 – a tough expansion of Georgia’s H.B. 87, the Arizona-style law cracking down on illegal aliens, which passed in 2011.
The La Raza lobby was left stunned and upset, believing Deal would bend to the prevailing GOP pressure for immigration appeasement in Washington, and veto it. They were sadly mistaken.
Passed in the final hours of the General Assembly’s 40-day session – and despite fierce lobbying against it by ethnic intimidation groups, big business interests, and the ACLU – Senate Bill 160 was created to “fix” problems in licensing delays related to the old bill, but was later amended to add the following strong anti-illegal provisions, all now law:
- Bans illegal aliens from getting state driver’s licenses.
- Blocks illegal aliens from getting state, grants, public housing and retirement benefits.
- Prevents people from using foreign passports to obtain public benefits, unless those passports include records indicating they are in the country legally.
- Mandatory participation in E-Verify for contractors doing business with city, county and state government agencies.
SB 160 will take effect July 1.
About 1,500 illegals and supporters marched through downtown Atlanta on April 10 in support of the ‘Gang of 8′ amnesty plan, and to demand that Deal veto SB 160. Two days earlier, SWA posted a request to bombard to Governor’s office with calls, to our 22,000 Georgia members. Georgia’s citizens won the day, and the sour grapes were in abundant harvest yesterday:
Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO), said
“It is a shame that Governor Deal continues to stoke anti-immigrant sentiment through signing SB160….The law will make Georgia more hostile toward foreigners and less competitive in the global marketplace. When the national GOP is moving toward immigration reform, Gov. Deal takes a huge step backward.”
Boo hoo! Martin Lopez, an illegal alien “immigrant rights activist” from Atlanta, was among those who demonstrated outside the state Capitol this month. He said many illegals have been using their foreign passports as a form of identification to get public benefits because the state’s 2011 law prohibits officials from accepting matricula consular cards when people apply. He said he doesn’t know “what they can do now”.
They can go back to their country, Mr. Lopez.
“I don’t really know the outcome — it is going to be big,” said Lopez. Yes it is. And other states should follow suit. With GOP cowardice in the face of Obama’s lawlessness, Arizona-style state actions are the principal weapons which remain against illegal aliens. And yesterday, Georgia made all Americans who respect the rule of law very proud.
If YOU stand with Georgia and Arizona, with Gov. Brewer and Sheriff Joe, and against illegal immigration and want to see the border secured, the rule of law upheld and amnesty for illegals stopped, then put your name where your heart is, and join the 170,000 who have signed the petition…