Don't look now, but state enforcement aimed at illegal immigration is proving the obvious: enforcement works.
Consider one rather humorous example of irony from a Mexican legislator in Sonora, just over the border from Arizona, on that state's recent implementation of laws directed at illegal immigration and illegal employment. "How can they pass a law like this? Mexico is not prepared for this, for the tremendous problems."
Mexican Rep. Leticia Amparano Gamez was complaining in the Tucson Citizen newspaper about dealing with the thousands of Mexicans who are returning home as a result of the Arizona legislation.
It seems that the Mexican officials are being overwhelmed with demands for jail space, housing, social services and classrooms to accommodate repatriated Mexican citizens who were previously illegally looking for a better life in Arizona.
Here, the recently ended Georgia legislative session has produced several bills that - combined with the 2006 Georgia Security and Immigration Compliance Act (Senate Bill 529), a bill from Sen. Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock - could add to the woes of the Mexican officials.
A short outline of some of what the well-funded, open borders leftists fought so hard to stop in the Capitol from someone who spent more than half of the 40 legislative session days there working to encourage legislators to disregard the endless objections and howls from the usual suspects:
· SB 350 from Sen. John Wiles, R-Marietta, would punish Georgia residents - including illegal aliens - caught driving without ever having obtained a Georgia driver's license.
Presently, unlicensed driving usually results in a small fine, which is regarded as little more than speed bump for the untrained and unlicensed illegal drivers. SB 350 allows for fingerprinting violators, fines of up to $1,000 and jail time for the first offense - with a felony charge if convicted more than three times in five years. SB 350 would save lives on Georgia roads. It would also deter illegal immigration in Georgia.
This is the second year Wiles has fought for passage of his legislation; a nearly identical bill was vetoed by Gov. Sonny Perdue last year. Wiles deserves our gratitude for his dedication to public safety and his courage in standing up to the crazies in the illegal alien lobby.
· Rep. James Mills, R-Gainesville, whose House Bill 978 allows law enforcement officers to impound the vehicles of drivers found to be driving without being licensed - the huge majority of whom are illegals - should be thanked, too. The fact that federal law allows for the seizure of any vehicle or craft found to be transporting illegal aliens does not silence the absurd argument that his bill is somehow "unconstitutional" or "anti-immigrant."
· Hooray for SB 421, sponsored by Sen. Chip Pearson, R-Dawsonville, which makes it a felony for the second violation of the crime of knowingly manufacturing, selling, distributing or possessing false identification documents - even for illegal aliens who have stolen American citizens' identities while stealing the American Dream.
These bills have earned all the right enemies - including the ACLU, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Jerry Gonzalez of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials - a coalition now petitioning the governor for vetoes.
Citizens paying attention should be supporting these bills and countering the illegal alien lobby's efforts.
Two Senate Resolutions are also noteworthy, final and cannot be vetoed:
· SR 1011 from Sen. Bill Jackson, R-Appling, offers gratitude and appreciation to the United States Border Patrol and urges the president to review the shameful and ludicrous incarceration of former border patrol agents Ignacio "Nacho" Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean. Both were prosecuted for improperly reporting the wounding of an illegal alien smuggling drugs.
· SR 827, written by Sen. Nancy Schaefer, R-Turnerville, expresses the will of the Georgia Senate to urge the United States Congress to withdraw the United States from the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America and from any activity that seeks the economic merger of the United States with other nations - like has already been done in Europe with the European Union.
For those who promote and defend illegal immigration, it wasn't a good session - if the governor lets enforcement work. A call to his office right now would help these important bills become Georgia law.
D.A. King is president of the Cobb County-based Dustin Inman Society, which is opposed to illegal immigration.