Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Georgia immigration mess gets messier

How’s that immigration law thing working out for Georgia?  Not so well, as it turns out.

Crops are rotting in the fields and the good dealing Governor of Georiga is struggling to find a way out of the mess he and his Republican buddies have created.  Read about the damage the law is doing to Georgia farmers here:

Additionally, it appears that under the law taxi drivers and bus drivers could be found guilty of a felony if they are caught transporting seven or more illegal aliens and a misdemeanor if caught transporting fewer than seven.  Several taxi companies and more than 2,000 cab drivers have filed their own lawsuit against the law.  Seems taxi and Atlanta MARTA bus drivers don’t want to have to install onboard computers with wireless access so they can check the immigration status of their passengers using E-verify.

More:  The federal judge holding hearings to rule on the constitutionality of the Georgia law, U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Thrash, asked Senior Assistant State Attorney General Devon Orland, who is defending Georgia's law, whether an 18-year-old U.S. citizen could be prosecuted for driving his illegal immigrant mother to the grocery store. Orland responded that the Georgia law is sometimes harsh but that “does not make it unconstitutional.”  So, I guess Georgia that 18-year-old would just have to go to jail.  Let Mom walk.

Still more:  Republicans in Alabama think Georgia’s immigration law has worked out so well for Georgia farmers that they have just passed and the Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has just signed into law an immigration law that is stricter than Georgia’s.  Duh.

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