Archive for June, 2010

Sen. Jones Announces Town Hall Meeting in DeKalb

ATLANTA (June 30, 2010) – Sen. Emanuel Jones (D-Decatur), chairman of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus (GLBC), is announcing that the caucus will hold a town hall meeting in DeKalb County on Saturday, July 10.  The meeting will feature a wrap up of the 2010 Legislative Session, focusing on such hot topics as transportation, education, jobs and water.  Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in a question and answer session with legislators at the end of the meeting.

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America’s Independence is Dependent on your Vote

Sen. Chip Pearson

By Chip Pearson
ATLANTA (June 28, 2010) – “I have no fear that the result of our experiment will be that men may be trusted to govern themselves without a master.” 

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Georgians should not Foot the Bill for Illegal Aliens

The current debate over allowing illegal aliens into Georgia public colleges and universities is perhaps the easiest policy question to answer. Even if we set aside the “illegal” aspect of the student, should any taxpayer ever be forced to pay for the education of someone who upon graduation is not eligible to work? Compounding such a senseless policy is the fact that each college seat occupied by someone not lawfully eligible to work means a legal immigrant or U.S. citizen is denied the opportunity.

Taxpayers deserve accountability. It appears lost on many that state government money is not manna from heaven. Every dollar represents a portion of the life of the person who actually earned it. The government only takes these tax dollars by force.

The duty of elected officials to properly use every taxpayer dollar cannot be overstated. Subsidizing college for illegal aliens, who are not lawfully eligible to hold a job, is both illogical and immoral.

Georgia taxpayers know all too well just how expensive illegal immigration has become. The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) estimates the annual fiscal burden on Georgia taxpayers from illegal immigration is more than $1.6 billion. Georgians are forced to pay about $1.37 billion annually on K-12 school costs for students who are either illegal aliens or the children of illegal alien parents. Add to this the costs of medical care, impact on the environment, transportation, criminal justice system, use of natural resources and more. It becomes quite clear, illegal immigration is hitting Georgian’s wallets especially hard.

Georgia recently returned to the spotlight of the illegal immigration debate with the case of Kennesaw State University student Jessica Colotl. Law enforcement uncovered the fact that Colotl has been illegally in the United States for more than 10 years and unlawfully attending Kennesaw State for more than three years.

Perhaps the Board of Regents would like to explain to the 2,747 applicants who were denied admission to Kennesaw State University in 2009, just how Jessica got in but they didn’t.

The Board of Regents, ignoring federal and state law that prohibits post-secondary public benefits for illegal aliens, claims they can rectify the matter by charging Jessica and other illegal aliens out-of-state tuition. Nonsense.

Out of state tuition does not cover the full cost of educating a student in the system. And even if it did, such a policy doesn’t address the unfairness of denying that admission opportunity to legal immigrants and U.S. citizens. Moreover, it remains an illegal act. The law strictly prohibits illegal aliens from receiving post-secondary education benefits.

This is why I recently joined my Senate colleagues in signing a letter to the Board of Regents demanding they fully comply with state and federal law by ensuring only legal residents attend our publicly subsidized colleges and universities.

My Senate colleagues and I are tasked with spending every tax dollar as if it were our own. Paying for the education of illegal aliens at the expense of legal immigrants and U.S. citizens simply cannot be tolerated. We want people to come to the United States in pursuit of the American dream, to be successful, educated and contribute to our economy. All we ask is that they do it legally.

Sen. John Wiles serves as Majority Whip and Chairman of the Special Judiciary Committee. He represents the 37th Senate District which includes a portion of Cobb County. He may be reached by phone at 404.657.0406 or by e-mail at john.wiles@senate.ga.gov.

EDITORIAL
For Immediate Release:
June 24, 2010
For Information Contact:
Raegan Weber, Director
raegan.weber@senate.ga.gov
404.656.0028

American Taxpayers under Siege

Sen. Chip Pearson

By Chip Pearson
ATLANTA (June 18, 2010) – While the steady stream of illegal immigrants continues to flood American streets, our country’s leaders do nothing more than offer a political nod to securing our borders.  President Obama is sending 1,200 troops to Mexico, just enough to plug a tiny fissure in the gaping chasm that is our border security.  Honest, hardworking American taxpayers are footing the bill for the more than 10 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S. today.  Taxpayers are under siege; they simply cannot sustain the financial burden of millions of undocumented immigrants who cross our borders each year. 

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Sen. Butterworth: A Leader in Addressing Enforcement of Immigration Laws in Georgia’s Education System

ATLANTA (June 17, 2010) – State Sen. Jim Butterworth (R-Clarkesville) aligned with 14 other state senators this week in addressing how federal and state immigration laws are enforced in Georgia’s public education system. They each signed a letter, which was sent to all Board of Regents members, expressing their disapproval of how the Regents’ handle the presence of unlawful aliens in the education system. (more…)