When tough immigration laws made a grand entrance through the Capitol's front door in Atlanta last year, plenty of protesters were on the building's steps to meet them.
This year isn't so showy. Lawmakers are thinking smaller and making progress by moving legislation through that takes peripheral but well-placed aim at immigration-related issues.
That has the bills' opponents rolling their eyes again, evidently still oblivious to the "illegal" part of illegal immigration. Jerry Gonzales, of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, calls this year's round of measures "sneakier."
Sneakier than, say, entering another country without legal permission?
The bills make perfect sense. One requires Georgians to have a valid state driver's license to get a car tag. Another requires state documents to be printed only in English. Still another requires proof of citizenship to register to vote.
What's unreasonable about any of that? Doing any less would leave open the same old loopholes that illegal immigrants already have been exploiting for years - and they shouldn't be allowed to exploit them further.