Skip to comments.Georgia Legislature Passes Expansion of Illegal Alien Crackdown (SB160)
Posted on 04/08/2013 11:55:28 AM PDT by montag813
Above: Georgia's House passes the SB 160 crackdown on
illegal aliens in the furious last half-hour of the 2013 session.
Way to go, Peach State!
Georgias Legislature has approved a tough expansion of the states 2011 Arizona-style crackdown on illegal aliens, and it now awaits the Governor's signature (please contact him to do so - contact info below after the article).
Passed in the final hours of the General Assemblys 40-day session - and despite fierce lobbying against it by La Raza groups, the Chamber of Commerce, ACLU and pro-amnesty activists - Senate Bill 160 would block illegal aliens from getting state drivers licenses, grants, public housing and retirement benefits.
It would also prevent people from using foreign passports to obtain public benefits, unless those passports include records indicating they are in the country legally.
Additionally, SB 160 would require all city, county and state government agencies to require their contractors to use a free online work-authorization program called E-Verify. Government agencies with fewer than two employees are now exempt from this requirement.
State lawmakers say the legislation would tighten and clarify the HB87 comprehensive immigration bill Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law in 2011, which was patterned after Arizona's landmark SB1070 law, passed in April 2010. Republican Rep. Dustin Hightower of Carrollton, who sponsored similar House legislation, spoke in favor of SB 160 before the House approved it by a vote of 113-54.
It also goes a long way in protecting the taxpayers of Georgia by filling a lot of loopholes that were there where illegal immigrants were taking advantage of different public benefits, he said. The Senate approved the measure by a 43-9 vote.
"Civil and immigrant rights groups" fought the measure, arguing it is "divisive" and would hurt the states reputation. They also have predicted parts of it could become moot if Congress approves a comprehensive immigration overhaul as expected this year.
Asked whether the governor would sign SB 160 into law, his spokesman said Deal would "review the approved legislation and comment afterwards". Gov. Deal is a strong supporter of efforts to prevent illegal immigration and to uphold the rule of law, said Brian Robinson, a spokesman for Deal. Deal is expected to act on the bill this week.
HB87 was one of the best Arizona-style crackdowns against illegal immigration to date. Now with SB 160 Georgia can do even better - IF Governor Deal signs the bill. The costs of 450,000 illegal aliens to Georgia taxpayers are staggering, totaling $2.4 billion a year:
CONTACT GOVERNOR DEAL NOW...ASK HIM TO SIGN SB 160 to protect Georgia's workers and unemployed from the Third World wages, and to protect Georgia's taxpayers from the staggering annual $2.4 billion cost of the 450,000 illegal aliens in the state.
La Raza groups, the Chamber of Commerce and others are fiercely lobbying the Governor to veto the bill - please contact him now!
“La Raza groups, the Chamber of Commerce, ACLU and pro-amnesty activists”
Basically, if these radical, racist, hate groups combine together then I am for whatever they are against.
Bring that smack to D.C.
Can’t say “illegal aliens” anymore.
How about “foreign national squatters”?
It’s always good to know what the other side is for.
Cant say illegal aliens anymore.
How about foreign national squatters?
Wetbacks is still ok by me.
That's just for the ones that crossed over in Texas.
Awesome Peach State !
Unfortunately those Illegal Aliens may be headed to Florida...thanks to Marco Rubio and other Amnesty Liberals here in Florida who prevented pro-American-anti Illegal Alien legislation from passing in Florida. Now they are trying to pass in state college tuition for illegal
Looks like efforts to enforce our border security wil be up to the states. Like to see the standoff when fed troops try to enter AZ to stop AZNG or state LEOs from enforcing state law that mirrors fed law.