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Immigration law adds steps to business license renewals

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett officials now accept business license renewals online -- just in time for new immigration regulations that discourage mailing documents in.

Officials mailed 23,000 occupation tax certificate renewal forms to businesses Friday.

But before the certificates can be renewed, the business owners must comply with the Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act, passed by the Georgia General Assembly last year.

All applicants must submit Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements affidavits along with identification such as drive's license, passport or legal immigration document, a press release said.

Plus, businesses with more than 500 employees must register for and use the E-verify program to screen employees. They have to sign an E-verify affidavit to receive an occupation tax certificate. Those with fewer than 500 employees must sign an affidavit saying they are not required to use the E-verify program.

Because of the affidavit's, the paperwork is no longer allowed to be delivered by mail. Instead, people must go to Gwinnett's Licensing and Revenue office at 446 West Crogrn Street in Lawrenceville , or use the new electronic renewal system at www.gwinnettlicrev.com.

"This new electronic system is an alternative to making an in-person visit to the License and Revenue Office and will hopefully reduce long wait times that we anticipate due to expected heavy walk-in traffic," said Acting Planning and Development Director Bryan Lackey.

Businesses will receive the E-verify affidavit, SAVE affidavit and occupation tax renewal form in the mail along with instructions on how to file these documents, a press release said.

For more information, visit www.gwinnettlicrev.com or call (678) 377-4100.

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BuzzG 2 years, 2 months ago

Businesses with more than 500 employees? That represents just a small fraction of employers in Gwinnett. When will the rest comply with the law? After illegal aliens have wrecked our schools, healthcare and social safety net? Then we are likely to finally wake up to the monster we have created by not enforcing our border.

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growup 2 years, 2 months ago

You mean what you have done to the schools, healthcare, and social institutions? Blame, blame, blame. How about working harder. How about supporting the schools. How about getting off your arse? Illegal aliens buy cars, shop, work, contribute which is much much more than can be said for all the deadbeats who are now drawing unemployment on our dime. wake up. use your brain. stop being ignorant.

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R 2 years, 2 months ago

WOW Do you have a permit to sell fertilizer in Gwinnett? This position has been proven false more times than its been posted.

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ACC12_SEC13Booster 2 years, 2 months ago

Illegal aliens may buy cars, shop and work, but illegal aliens are also made Gwinnett County the biggest illegal drug distribution hub in the Eastern U.S. and one of the busiest drug distribution/drug smuggling/gun smuggling/human smuggling hubs on the entire planet.

Just think about that: Gwinnett County has become one of the BIGGEST DRUG DISTRIBUTION HUBS ON THE ENTIRE PLANET while I-85 has also become one of the BUSIEST DRUG SMUGGLING HIGHWAYS ON THE ENTIRE PLANET.

Meanwhile, Gwinnett County has evolved into a major hub and hotbed for Latin American drug cartel and gang activity. Latin gangs like The Latin Kings, SUR-13, the Mexican Mafia and the infamous MS-13 are major examples of Latin American organized crime syndicates that have gained a very firm foothold in Gwinnett and Metro Atlanta since the increase in illegal immigration in North Georgia.

The extreme lawlessness that illegal immigration fosters should not and cannot be tolerated by the citizens of this state and country.

If anyone wants to see how bad illegal immigration can get they need to look no further than Phoenix, Arizona where robust Latin drug cartel activity helped the city to be the site of 368 kidnappings in 2008, a number that was higher than every other city on the entire planet except Mexico City. 368 KIDNAPPINGS in one city, an American city, in ONE YEAR!

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jjbod1 2 years, 2 months ago

Hmmm, me thinks "growup" is one of those who must have several on his/her payroll. I bet they are contributing a ton to your personal bank account.

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news2me 2 years, 2 months ago

growup, can you please cut the bull and tell us how you benefit from illegals.

Sure illegals buy cars and work, some also managed to find creative ways to buy homes. However doing the jobs that "Americans won't do" means they are most likely taking more in entitlements to survive.

growup, please enlighten us how your illegal friends can find ways to manipulate the system and stay in this country, even send money back home --- but they can't seem to be able to find the $ or the will to become a US citizen?

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dentaldawg83 2 years, 2 months ago

just got my business license renewal paperwork and was a bit surprised to see these forms. But I have no problem with the changes. We simply can't wait for the Immigration folks to finally do their jobs and this step is only fair to the law abiding immigrants and natural citizens.

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R 2 years, 2 months ago

Yes the size of the employer is difficult to understand but it will index down in July 2012 and again in 2013.

However anyone bent on using work arounds will simply divide operations into smaller LLCs, one main operation and smaller subsidiaries. But at least those bent on "short changing" us will have to spend more to do so...

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dentaldawg83 2 years, 2 months ago

for the large businesses that would be a very difficult thing to do, but point taken..

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ACC12_SEC13Booster 2 years, 2 months ago

Does anyone really seriously think that the 'big-bidness'-friendly Georgia state government is serious about reducing illegal immigration after pretty much gleefully encouraging and endorsing it for the last four decades?

This recently-passed illegal immigration bill has loopholes big enough to fly multiple 777-jet liners through side-by-side.

First-of-all, the state never assigned a fiscal note to the bill. Secondly, businesses of all sizes, big and small can only have to be registered to use E-Verify, not necessarily actually use it.

And while there's a mechanism provided to somewhat ensure that local governments enforce the new immigration law, which is something that very few, if any, local governments were doing before in the wake of the 2006 state law that at the time was supposed to the toughest state immigration law in the nation, there basically isn't really much of an enforcement mechanism for private business beyond providing verification at the time of applying for and renewing business licenses. (It was quickly realized that the state wasn't enforcing the supposedly tough 2006 law when illegals were found to be working to construct the new courthouse in Cobb County in early 2010.)

The new illegal immigration law also will not necessarily do much, if anything, to deal with those small businesses that pay illegals off-the-books in cash and will likely continue to do so.

Businesses can also get around the E-Verify requirements, if they are so determined to do so, by firing all of their employees on paper on December 31st of each year and rehiring them on paper on January 2nd of each year since the bill states that a head count of employees to see as to whether a company is required to use E-Verify is to be taken on January 1st of each year, the bill also says that the count is to be turned in on January 1st of each year on a day when government offices are closed.

Also it seems as if parts of the bill were written as to intentionally draw legal challenges so that the state could have the opportunity to very poorly defend the poorly written law in court using the dumbest possible lawyer that the state could find within its ranks.

The state of Georgia has no real intention of seriously enforcing this law or doing anything significant to stop illegal immigration over the long-term. This law is nothing but a bunch of smoke-and-mirrors and tough talk to make voters think that the state is getting tough on illegal immigration when the continued lack of a fiscal note for the bill and a closer look at the poorly-written bill reveals otherwise.

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R 2 years, 2 months ago

While it could have been tighter upon release, warts and all it's a start and can be enhanced going forward. After all, it did get major growers introduced to H2A, a guest worker program that existed for many years, but for some reason got ZERO press prior to HB87. Now H2A at least gets print and now its time to address other business operation types and post secondary education. This issue has been a fund raiser for BOTH sides for long enough - time to finish it.

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ACC12_SEC13Booster 2 years, 2 months ago

I agree that the bill is a start, but I'm already seeing signs that the ruling Republican Party that controls the Georgia General Assembly is attempting to slowly back away from tough illegal immigration enforcement, especially after their business base of agricultural interests in South Georgia were got angry after the bill ran off all of their illegal laborers.

Once non-agricultural businesses, big and small, figure out how to skirt the law by utilizing one of HB87's many Earth-sized loopholes, this bill won't be worth the toliet paper it is printed on.

Just the fact that the state has yet to assign a fiscal note to the bill signifies that the state has no real intention of long-term across-the-board serious continued enforcement, just like with the 2006 law, something that I am fairly certain has something to do with the involvement of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the continued intense lobbying of the big business community from which Georgia Lawmakers openly accept the numerous gifts of ridiculous monetary amounts (see State Representative Kip Smith's arrest for DUI in Buckhead last week for further proof of just how much state lawmakers are corrupted by lobbyist money and gifts) as there is no limit on the amount of m money and gifts that state lawmakers can accept in the State of Georgia.

Smoke and mirrors, my friend, smoke and mirrors.

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ACC12_SEC13Booster 2 years, 2 months ago

As an aside, a fiscal note still has yet to be assigned to the 2006 illegal immigration bill which the state also quickly backed away from the next year when a white Canadian woman from Quebec was arrested, strip searched and detained overnight in Brunswick, GA for speeding (doing 55 in a 35) while traveling to Florida for her graduation from grad school, sparking an international incident with the Canadian and Quebec governments and Canadian press.

Wanna see continued serious long-term enforcement of the bill? Contact your state representative or state senator and DEMAND that the Georgia General Assembly assign both HB 87 and its 2006 predecessor a fiscal note.

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R 2 years, 2 months ago

Interesting recommendation.

And for those “all in” for Newt, it would be wise to let our governor and that campaign know we do indeed have a heart for our fellow residents and enforcement first WORKS, we don’t wish to repeat the 1986 fiasco.

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Sthrnldy 2 years, 2 months ago

growup

What a cute name for a landscaping business!

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