I was very, very wrong. That change is already here.
The adventures of legislators on immigration and common sense will likely come as a surprise to many voters.
Four examples that I know of:
• The leadership of Republican super-majority Georgia Senate refused to allow SB 404 out of the Rules Committee for a vote by the full body. The bill was aimed at ending the practice of issuing driver’s licenses to illegal aliens who have been rewarded with “deferred action” on deportation proceedings by Barack Obama. As the White House acknowledges, these illegal aliens who have been promised an exclusion from the same rule of law governing Americans are still illegal aliens. They do not have “lawful status.”
Early in the session, when informed of the fact that illegals were obtaining driver’s licenses, more than one confused legislator howled that “it isn’t our fault, Obama did this with his DACA virtual amnesty!”
True enough. But legislators have the power to adjust Georgia law to stop these — and future — illegal aliens from accessing the defacto national ID card issued by Department of Driver Services, as well as the other benefits they are now collecting.
Remember the “war on terror?” It is not over: Virtually anyone with a driver’s license can board an airliner in 21st century America. The nineteen 9/11 terrorists had 30 U.S.-issued driver’s licenses. By definition, illegal border crossers enter the USA without inspection. Do we really want to “document” them with the national ID in the name of “cheap labor?”
When finally given a chance to vote on an allowing an amendment with the language of SB 404 to be attached to another bill (SB 392) only eight state Senators voted “Yea.” Why? The Chamber of Commerce and the far-left ethnic lobby opposed the action.
You can see how your own Senator voted on my Marietta Daily Journal (the Cherokee Tribune’s sister newspaper) blog page.
There was no legislation offered in the Georgia House aimed at keeping drivers licenses from illegal aliens.
• The leadership of the Republican state Senate refused to allow SR 1031 out of the Rules Committee for a vote. The resolution would have simply allowed the people of Georgia to vote on a November ballot question on amending the state constitution to make English the constitutional official language of government in the Peach state. If approved, it would also have ended the dangerous practice of offering the written driver’s license exam in 11 foreign languages.
A similar ballot question passed in Oklahoma in 2010 by a 76 percent margin. Nobody in the Capitol believed the result would have been much different in Georgia.
• Despite having been educated on the appointment, the state Senate confirmed Gov. Deal’s shocking appointment of a radical leftist, anti-enforcement immigration activist, Rocio Del Milagro Woody to the Board of Corrections.
You can see how your own state Senator voted on my Marietta Daily Journal blog page (MDJonline.com).
• The Republican Georgia House passed a bill (HB 1051) that would have removed safeguards from public benefits protection law and allowed the illegal aliens who have driver’s licenses to more easily renew those benefits. The vote was 167-3.
You can see how your own state House Rep voted on my Marietta Daily Journal blog page.
After HB 1051 passed the House, it was amended to be even more illegal alien-friendly by a Senate committee before public pressure finally killed it. The vote count was 19 “Yea” and 34 “Nay.”
You can see how your own state senator voted on my Marietta Daily Journal blog page.
It has been clear for years that the various business interests who demand “cheap” foreign labor were becoming more and more brazen in their state-wide efforts against protecting American workers.
Georgia suffers more illegal victims of borders than Arizona The hopeful assumption was that the pressure of the looming election for all state legislators and Republican Governor Nathan Deal’s re-election campaign would result in attention to the values of the conservative base — at least until fall.
The above was happening while many past state immigration laws are treated as “compliance optional” and while Border Patrol Agents risk their lives each day.
With no fear of arrest, resentful illegal aliens will march at the Gold Dome on Saturday in a screaming demand that all immigration enforcement be stopped.
Welcome to Georgiafornia.
D.A. King is president of the Georgia-based Dustin Inman Society. He is not a member of any political party. On the web: www.TheDustinInmanSociety.org Twitter: @DAKDIS