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Bill would send 6,000 troops to U.S. border

ATLANTA --- Georgia's two Republican senators are co-sponsoring legislation to fund 6,000 National Guard troops on the Southwest border -- five times the number President Obama is planning to send.

Sen. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss are sponsoring the amendment to a supplemental spending bill. In a statement, they say Congress should demonstrate a strong commitment to border security and that the 1,200 troops Obama plans to send to the U.S.-Mexico border are not nearly enough to combat illegal immigration, drug trafficking and escalating violence.

Former DeKalb County school chief indicted

ATLANTA --- An indictment charges former DeKalb County Superintendent Crawford Lewis and two employees from the school system with several counts of racketeering and bribery.

Named in the indictment Wednesday are Patricia Pope, former chief operating officer of DeKalb County schools and her former secretary Cointa Moody. Pope's former husband, Anthony Pope, also is named. Prosecutors accuse Lewis of conspiring with Patricia Pope to direct millions in school construction dollars to Anthony Pope.

In other news

Gwinnett County Schools officials are investigating middle school social studies teacher Stephanie Hunte after she allowed two classes of students to dress in sheets simulating the Ku Klux Klan last week.

THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT of Natural Resources voted to allow hunters to take up to 850 alligators annually -- an increase from the current 700. Alligator season runs from September to October. More than 5,700 hunters are expected to apply for licenses. The waiting list is several years long.

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Ga Values
Ga Values 05/27/10 - 07:40 am
The REAL saxby in action: AS

The REAL saxby in action:

AS they fanned into the Vidalia onion fields of Georgia, the 45 federal agents were doing exactly what they thought they were supposed to do. It was 1998, and they had just arrested 21 illegal immigrant farm workers and were about to round up hundreds more.

But the raid met with a stinging rebuke from what might have seemed a surprising source: two powerful Republicans from Georgia's Congressional delegation.

Saxby Chambliss, then a representative and now a senator, accused immigration officials of using ''bullying tactics,'' while Senator Paul Coverdell denounced ''a moonshine raid'' against ''honest farmers who are simply trying to get their products from the field to the marketplace.'' The Immigration and Naturalization Service backed down, granting temporary amnesty to illegal onion pickers in 19 Georgia counties.

Today, Mr. Chambliss, as the chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, is leading efforts to pass tougher measures than many of his Senate colleagues favor to rein in illegal immigration.

So why did he fight a crackdown in his own backyard? Asserting that he has always supported enforcement against employers, Mr. Chambliss said he protested the 1998 raid because he considered it too heavy-handed, with agents wearing camouflage and waving .357's. Moreover, he said, arresting immigrants in a few onion fields would result in other immigrants replacing them and would do nothing to deter the flow.

''Going into one field or plant and arresting 30 or 40 people is not a solution to the problem,'' Mr. Chambliss said.

happychimer 05/27/10 - 08:07 am
mmmmmmmmm figures

mmmmmmmmm figures

TrukinRanger 05/27/10 - 08:35 am
Ummmmmm.. cause he's worried

Ummmmmm.. cause he's worried about re-election

Jane18 05/27/10 - 08:38 am
Just proves again,

Just proves again, politicians speak out of both sides of their mouths. I cannot wait to vote against all these `career' politicians.

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