May 5, 2014

Letter: Defending American citizens

— Apparently, either he doesn’t understand Georgia’s illegal immigration laws or state Rep. Tom Dickson wants to make life in Georgia easier for illegal aliens. And heaven only knows how hard it is in Georgia to ride the gravy train of services to the undocumented.

Politicians, lawyers and businessmen have bent over backwards to welcome illegal aliens into our state, while legislators have knelt or bowed to the powers of influence from whence campaign dollars and high-on-the hog living are derived.

Rep. Dickson saw fit to offer House Bill 1051, which would have given illegal aliens the same rights as U.S. citizens when reapplying for public services and benefits. Illegal aliens who have benefited from Barack Obama’s 2012 illegal deferred action on deportation (called DACA) are now being issued driver’s licenses and state ID cards in Georgia, along with various other public benefits. HB 1051 needlessly and suspiciously added an optional method of filing for renewal of benefits.

Because of massive public pressure, Dickson’s HB 1051 was killed by a vote of 34-19 in the state Senate late at night on day 39 of the 2014 General Assembly. It was described by some experts on the law as either A) an uneducated solution in search of a problem, or B) a veiled attempt to relax the code for illegals and to grant the illegal aliens who are now allowed to obtain a Georgia limited term driver’s license the ability to use just the numbers from those driver’s licenses to renew public benefits.

Under the current law, aliens must produce proper documentation each time they reapply for state benefits. Rep. Dickson’s plan was to make the law for American citizens apply to illegal aliens. In existing law (Official Code of Georgia Annotated 50-36-1), American citizens are already excluded from proving that status and their eligibility for benefits a second time, upon renewal.

Georgia has more illegal aliens than Arizona and ranks sixth in the nation in that illegal population. In 2011, Gov. Nathan Deal used an estimate of $2.4 billion annually as the cost of illegal immigration to Georgia taxpayers. Do we really need our state politicians to add benefits and privileges for illegal aliens? Beyond what the Washington elites are doing?

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