Gwinnett to host public immigration forum

DULUTH -- The immigration policy debate is never far from the spotlight, and it will be front and center Tuesday at the Gwinnett Center.

Beginning Tuesday afternoon, the Georgia Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will host a public meeting on immigration. The purpose of the meeting, which begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Gwinnett Center, is to "examine immigration laws and their enforcement in Georgia in order to learn about effective implementation of immigration policy," according to a press release issued by the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials.

Panel speakers for the event are scheduled to include representatives from the Georgia Restaurant Association, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department and U.S. Immigration Services.

Members of the public will be allowed to make comments during the evening session, which runs from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Gwinnett Center is located at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth. For more information, visit www.galeo.org.


R 2 years, 7 months ago

Since I can't make this due to employment, would someone attending please read this from the podium on my behalf into the record?

It’s very simple really, why is full citizenship even being discussed?

The most generous final offer should be legal non citizen status.

They work, live, pay taxes and enjoy the sunlight like millions of others that came here legally.

Of course, before any offer can seriously be made, we must pass a Federal bill that makes both physically crossing the border without coming through US Immigration checkpoints and/or misrepresenting or overstaying legal visas a FELONY.

We could make the act of hiring those individuals who crossed the border without coming through US Immigration checkpoints and/or misrepresenting or overstaying legal visas a FELONY.

This should be simple and quick since Janet Napolitano has stated for the record that our borders are secure today …

(Janet Napolitano is the third United States Secretary of Homeland Security, in office since 2009.)


notblind 2 years, 7 months ago

Even non-citizenship status is a no-win situation for the country with the 'birthright citizenship clause' being taken advantage of every day of the year.


Sandykin 2 years, 7 months ago

Passing a law that simply states that at least one parent must be a legal citizen or a legal, registered alien of the US for a child to inherit US citizenship and be eligible for US taxpayer paid entitlements, would go a long way toward curbing illegal immigration. Won't stop it, but it will lessen the tide.

Continuing the birthright citizenship as it is, has only one result. Eventually, we will suffer the same fate as the original inhabitants of this country. The American Indians did not stop the tide of humanity arriving from Europe and we, as their descendants have taken over this land. Similarly, we ourselves, will eventually be overtaken by the new wave of humanity arriving from across the border.


notblind 2 years, 7 months ago

IMO, the 14th does not grant instant citizenship. "...subject to the jurisdiction of..." is the key line. Even current congress critters wouldn't write a law that would grant citizenship to a child born to a mother that would be subject to deportation back to her own country.


John5214 2 years, 7 months ago

Check citizenship at the door No citizen, no entry. Except on the bus out of our country.


dman 2 years, 7 months ago

The politicians we voted in can be always be voted out. If you reprensentative does not handle this situation as you want...then Vote them out. If the majority of the U.S. Legal citizens want all non-citizens to go thru the approved and required mandates to become a citizens, then Congress/House/President should enforce them. Simple as that.
Simply allowing these non-citizens to become citizens without having to go thru the process, just spits in the face of the ones that did it legally.


BuzzG 2 years, 7 months ago

The deck has already been stacked against law-abiding people. Look who put this thing together and look who has been invited to speak. This is a Who's Who of left wing government organizations and those businesses who are looking to get rich off a perpetual supply of below-market labor. Any of these government workers who says a word in favor of enforcing our existing laws will have his/her career damaged by the Obama administration.

I think it is funny that the Democrats are trying to raise the minimum wage while allowing huge numbers of third world people into our country which will provide pressure to lower that wage.


Scratchinmyhead 2 years, 7 months ago

Why are we basically giving squatters rights to people who knowingly broke the law. These people (illegal imigrants ..not undocumeted workers) have knowingly placed themselves in this situation....and have broken well published codes regarding their premeditated actions.

They became criminals as soon as they knowingly snuck across our borders. I am talking about all illegals and have no predudice against hispanics. I wish these people well if they were to try the same with North Korea, China, Turkey, Russia, Iran or Burma. They would probably be very unhappy with the legal results of their actions.

In regards to proclaiming some kind of rights.....sorry those are provided to people who have a vested nterests with documentation. It becomes a non issue if you are a visitor.


LilburnsFuture 2 years, 7 months ago

There is another side of the story most citizens do not see nor understand. Those are not anchor babies but older family members who arrive legally, become citizens, and then invite family from back home to live in the new world. They earn a living and enough money to fly, ship, or provide a vehicle for their relatives to move. This happens far more often than either side care to admit. But it goes contrary to their talking points. We should fix our economy and our tax system. So there is no incentive to work and live here and avoid taxes - yes they pay sales taxes, so PASS THE FAIRTAX, so everyone pays and not only a few.


Scratchinmyhead 2 years, 7 months ago

If all the benefits and no issuance of any personal/professional liscences are provided to people who can't prove they have a legal right to be in our country ...including work not school.............they would probably deport themselves. It would save us a considerable amout of head ache and money. I have no problem with anyone who has followed the legal path of residency and came to our country ...as all the people in the past have immigrated. It is crazy that squatters feel they are intitled.


kevin 2 years, 7 months ago

nothing to discuss. enforce the laws. illegal means not legal to be here in this country. If folks would stop doing business with companies that send illegals to work at your house or business, maybe they would all go back home.

Why aren't our politicians doing their jobs and fine the people that are hiring illegals? Where is the transparency promised us by Nash? Is it now "politically correct" to keep illegals here?


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