Immigration bill returned to Senate with alteration

ATLANTA ---The Georgia House passed a new version of an immigration bill Tuesday that restores a key provision requiring employers to check the immigration status of new employees, just 12 hours after the Senate had taken the measure out.

The House's refusal to exclude the provision makes the bill's fate uncertain, though backers in both chambers say they'll continue to work on it as the end of the session Thursday looms. The bill would also authorize law enforcement officers to check the immigration status of certain criminal suspects, a provision similar to one in a tough law enacted last year in Arizona.

Rep. Matt Ramsey, the bill's sponsor, presented the new version, which would require private employers with more than 10 workers to prove they check new employees' immigration status in a federal database called E-Verify before they could get a business license or other documents needed to operate. The Senate had passed a version of the bill Monday night that stripped that language.

"It restores the well-thought-out, well-reasoned legislation that we passed several weeks ago out of the House," Ramsey said of the amended bill as he presented it to his House colleagues.

After the House voted 115-59 to approve the new version, it was sent immediately back to the Senate.

"We're hoping for an agreement," Ramsey said. "It's a very good bill."

Sen. Jack Murphy, the sponsor of a Senate immigration bill, said after the House vote that he wasn't surprised by the House's actions.

"That wasn't unexpected," he said.

He said the bill will likely be taken up today afternoon in the Senate and that a motion to agree on the language would likely come to a vote. If senators vote to accept the new version with no amendments, the bill would go to Gov. Nathan Deal. Deal hasn't indicated whether he would sign it. If the senators reject the new language, the bill could be dead for the session or could go to a joint committee that would seek a compromise.

House Speaker David Ralston expressed strong support for the E-Verify language and said the version of the bill the Senate passed Monday "really brings into question whether they're serious about immigration reform."

The restored provision that requires employers to check new employees mirrors that in an amendment that was proposed in the Senate on Monday night but that failed to pass, Ramsey said. In presenting the new version, Ramsey called changes made by the Senate on Monday night "curious."

Various groups representing businesses, the agriculture industry and restaurant owners, among others, have urged lawmakers to eliminate the E-Verify mandate, saying it would be too burdensome for small-business owners. Ramsey and Ralston dismissed that argument.

"I don't think any of us in the House want to do anything that's going to unduly burden small business here in the state," Ralston said. "By the same token, I think that we want to make sure that what we do pass has credibility and that people know that it's a meaningful piece of legislation that ensures that we are going to be a nation of laws."

The new version of the bill still includes provisions that would allow law enforcement officers to verify the immigration status of certain criminal suspects. It removes language added by another Senate amendment Monday that would have required those criminal suspects to have committed a felony before being subject to that check.

It still includes provisions that would penalize people who transport or harbor illegal immigrants -- another provision that echoes Arizona's law -- but the new version amends that language to reflect concerns that people who work for a charity or church could get in trouble for giving someone a ride. The new language excludes an employer who's transporting an employee who was lawfully hired or a person who's "providing privately funded social services."

The new version also incorporates some language drawn from Murphy's bill clarifying the verification requirements for contractors and subcontractors.

It establishes an Immigration Enforcement Review Board consisting of seven members -- three appointed by the governor, two by the lieutenant governor and two by the House speaker. The panel would be charged with investigating any complaint by a Georgia registered voter about noncompliance with state immigration laws by a public agency or employee.

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Brittanicus
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Brittanicus 04/12/11 - 02:26 pm
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COWARDS WHO REFRAIN FROM
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COWARDS WHO REFRAIN FROM ENACTING HARSH ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION LAWS WILL BE REMEMBERED

Very few State lawmakers understand the massive financial implications, for not serving the wishes of citizens and legal residents. Utah specifically is a relatively newcomer to the economic effects of illegal immigration as it’s not a frontier State. Thousands of economic illegal migrants and immigrants, who have already exhausted millions of dollars from the suffering State of Arizona, will be looking desperately for another State to drain. The Mormon State has essentially failed its population, with offering a unconstitutional Guest Worker program and other benefits, will soon learn their mistake as foreigners will sweep across the State line.

A repeat performance as in the Sanctuary States of California and Nevada, the schools will be swarmed by the progeny of illegal aliens and US children will get less attention from overtaxed teachers. The Utah school system will have to hire more bilingual teachers, demanding more money from taxpayers. Court procedure will need more interpreters, as the criminal aliens arrive to decimate the State. The hospitals will be raided next with minor afflictions and major illnesses, as the illegal Guest workers will inundate emergency rooms and their uninsured family members. Illegal females tend to have large clutches of newborns, with one to be conceived; to be paid for by hard working Americans. It's a fact that the majority of businesses that hire guest workers pay nothing towards their health care or the young children's education. Georgia on the other hand obviously convinced of the perils of giving into open border lobbyists and radical groups will inspire other States to enact harsh laws.

Although most harsh Georgia laws were sucked dry by, pro business interference, causing uproar amongst citizens and residence, specifically as they tried to hide their cowardice by unrecorded vote. All of these politicians that “ on the take” will be intently remembered, when they come-up for re-election Massachusetts although not fully enacting laws similar to Arizona has brought some saneness to its people.

THE UNITED STATES HAVING BEEN INVADED BY ILLEGALS, WITH THOSE IN POWER HAVING IGNORED THE FINANCIAL CONSEQUENCES IN OUR FUTURE; NOR HAS IT SLOWED?

The war is at our open borders and we must halt the smuggling of drugs, people and criminals that are killing innocent Americans wholesale, nationwide. This country is importing contagious diseases, which have spread quietly and not uttered by the government; but carefully concealed. Other States has signed on to federal law of Secure Communities to fingerprint and remove criminal aliens from their jurisdictions Arizona is steadfast in its immigration policing laws and although dealt a blow by the Liberal judges in the ninth circuit court of appeals is resolute on its journey to the Supreme court, to defend its constitutional rights of its populace. What most prudent people are asking is why do foreign corrupt governments have a right to interfere in American immigration politics? This is according to the 9th circuit hidden away in the Liberal-Democratic Sanctuary City of San Francisco, where the prosecutors released illegal alien gang-member Ramos, to slaughter a family of three leaving a mourning Mother?

The United States is sinking deeper into fiscal quicksand, with a 14 trillion dollar deficit and climbing ever faster. We cannot afford to sustain the rest of poverty stricken governments, who dump their indigent people in our laps. We must cut back on foreign aid stop policing the rest of the world. The wars in the Middle East are depleting our own people's welfare, the futures for our own grandchildren. Our only chance for survival is the growing extension of the TEA PARTY, as it moves apart from the Republican elites. The Tea Party is ready to face the battle lines being drawn in the forthcoming 2012 budget war. Join now and be part of the sane movement, to end the facade that is the illegal immigration occupation of our country. Find the facts not lies at the pro-sovereignty web pages of NumbersUSA. In addition the TEA PARTY will abruptly end special no-tax privileges to corporations like General Electric.

Thousands of corporations are using foreign havens to hide millions, perhaps billions of dollars in foreign countries, thanks to the tax breaks given to these entities by political parties, from lobbyists filtering secret brown-bag cash and large campaign contributions. We need more leaders like Sen. Rand Paul, Rep. Michele Bachmann, Rep. Anthony Weiner with the fury to do the right things for this ailing country. Cut out illegal immigration and we will save hundreds of billions in federal and State entitlements. While Americans get ready to file these tax returns, shareholders in these mega corporations receive benefits the average man can only imagine. We must stop this rot in the tax code and every corporation; business must pay its fair share. Remember the TEA PARTY is your revenge on the unfair laws that govern us. They are the only retribution we have against the rot in our own government.

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Taylor B 04/12/11 - 03:18 pm
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Brit, you linking the Tea

Brit, you linking the Tea Party with immigration is undermining the purpose of it. People like you is why I wont attend them anymore. There is so much factually wrong with what you said above, I dont know where to begin. Immingration, illegal or otherwise, is expensive, yet according to a report by the Cato Istitute, is an economic positive to Georgia. A net gain to the state.

I like how you sneak in the drug war hogwash in there too. If you would have mention Jesus, you would have had a Neocon hat trick.

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MartinezShopper.ws 04/12/11 - 03:23 pm
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Taylor, while I respect your

Taylor, while I respect your input, I too am retired. And I am very happy to see people like Brit who are willing to stand up and say that "something is rotten in the State of Denmark." In all of my 80+ years, I have never in my life seen such a high level of corruption in government at all levels. And even the media has fallen way to all of this governmental control, to the global elitists, and it is sad, sad, sad.

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seenitB4 04/12/11 - 03:35 pm
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How much does illegal

How much does illegal immigration cost Georgia?-Inger Eberhart
http://www.examiner.com/immigration-in-atlanta/how-much-does-illegal-imm...
Georgia is a small state so you can imagine the costs in states like California and Texas. It is no wonder why states are going bankrupt.
Excerpt: Excerpt: Illegal immigration costs Georgia $1.6 billion annually. The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) conducted a study to analyze the impact of illegal immigration on Georgia's economy. This 2008 study showed that illegal aliens cost the state more than $1.6 billion per year. This amount equates to $523/year per "native-born headed household." There are fiscal costs of illegal immigration but there are social costs also. In education, one of every 10 students in the K-12 public school system are the children of illegal aliens. This amounts to over 153,000 students and at a rate of $8,500 per child, Georgians spend $1.37 billion annually and an additional $81 million annually on programs for limited English students. The costs of medical care fall into two main categories: Medicaid and Emergency Room care. Although illegal aliens are not eligible for Medicaid, forged documents are used and the subsequent costs for healthcare amount to $111 million/year. Emergency room care costs for illegal aliens are $90 million/year. The total healthcare costs are $210 million each year. The costs to incarcerate deportable illegal aliens in Georgia's state and local prisons amount to approximate $22.6 million/year at an approximate cost of $18,853 per prisoner.

The costs are there....some just can't see them.

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