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Georgia Sec of State office recommended passage of bills to dismantle legal immigration verification


Writ­ten by D.A. King 

In Geor­gia, the Sec­re­tary of State Office admin­is­ters pro­fes­sion­al licenses.

Con­ser­v­a­tive vot­ers should be ask­ing why Sec­re­tary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office joined in a rec­om­men­da­tion that at least three anti-enforce­ment bills “pass as written.” 

In a recent essay, we asked if Gov. Bri­an Kemp will sign sev­er­al GOP bills that dis­man­tle the sys­tem in place to ver­i­fy the ‘law­ful pres­ence’ of for­eign nation­als who apply for pro­fes­sion­al licens­es. We now have more information.

Tom Homan, For­mer Act­ing Direc­tor of the U.S. Immi­gra­tion and Cus­toms Enforce­ment (ICE) urges Geor­gians to con­tact Gov. Bri­an Kemp, Feb, 2020. 

The sto­ry so far

The short ver­sion is that 2006 state law requires that appli­cants for pub­lic ben­e­fits – includ­ing pro­fes­sion­al licens­es – go through a ver­i­fi­ca­tion process intend­ed to pre­vent ille­gal aliens from access­ing those ben­e­fits.  Three bills (that we know of) were passed in the 2021 Gen­er­al Assem­bly that put Geor­gia in inter-state com­pacts that con­tain stan­dard­ized, rec­i­p­ro­cal licens­ing stan­dards that seem to remove the ver­i­fi­ca­tion process from Georgia’s sys­tem. We asked senior leg­isla­tive man­age­ment to dis­pute our analy­sis. Nobody did. 

Washington’s pres­ti­gious Cen­ter for Immi­gra­tion Stud­ies has picked up the story

The bills we know about and their respec­tive pro­fes­sions (and cor­re­spond­ing Gold Dome lob­by­ists) are HB 34: audi­ol­o­gist and speech-lan­guage pathol­o­gists, HB 268: occu­pa­tion­al ther­a­pists, and HB 395: pro­fes­sion­al coun­selors. All Repub­li­can spon­sored. Our orig­i­nal post has the details. 

We have heard sneer­ing crit­i­cism of our oppo­si­tion to dis­man­tling the ver­i­fi­ca­tion sys­tem that includes the dis­mis­sive rhetor­i­cal ques­tion “just how many ille­gal aliens will be fill­ing these posi­tions…?” The answer is we don’t know. And that’s kind of the point. 

We do know that if the cur­rent law is left in place and actu­al­ly enforced the answer will be “zero.”

Accord­ing to the anti-enforce­ment Geor­gia Bud­get and Pol­i­cy Insti­tute Geor­gia is home to more ille­gal aliens than green card­hold­ers. We are try­ing to reduce that num­ber. We hope read­ers will agree that Repub­li­can law­mak­ers and Gov. Kemp should take the same atti­tude. They aren’t.

We know if the usu­al sus­pects are allowed to put this leg­is­la­tion in place that next year there will be oth­er bills passed that qui­et­ly expand the list of “it’s OK if they are here ille­gal­ly” professions. 

We have learned that these three bills went through a review process by the obscure ‘Geor­gia Occu­pa­tion­al Reg­u­la­tion Review Coun­cil’ and that the rec­om­men­da­tion from the GORRC was to pass the bills as writ­ten. It is impor­tant to make it clear again that the Geor­gia Cham­ber of Com­merce urged pas­sage of this leg­is­la­tion as well.

Ga. Sec of State, Brad Raf­fensperg­er. Pho­to: WABE news 

Accord­ing to the rec­om­men­da­tion from the coun­cil on each bill “there is a rec­og­niz­able poten­tial for harm to Geor­gians by not enter­ing into the (inter­state com­pact)…” We do not agree. The harm comes from allow­ing ille­gal aliens to obtain pro­fes­sion­al licens­es in Geor­gia because they have already done so in oth­er states. 

The rec­om­men­da­tion also makes it clear that “dur­ing the course of the review, Coun­cil staff obtained infor­ma­tion from the appli­cant group… and the Sec­re­tary of State Office while also con­duct­ing inter­nal research.” We doubt this is what con­ser­v­a­tive vot­ers want­ed in a Sec­re­tary of State. 

Who sits on the coun­cil? Here is a screen­shot from the GORRC. 

We sent two ques­tions to the SoS office and con­firmed receipt but have not received a reply. 

Gov Bri­an Kemp should veto these bills. His office num­ber is 404–656-1776. Silence is consent.

Part 1, here

A ver­sion of this essay was orig­i­nal­ly post­ed on ImmigrationPoliticsGA.com

D.A. King is pres­i­dent of the Geor­gia-based Dustin Inman Soci­ety and a nation­al­ly rec­og­nized author­i­ty on ille­gal immi­gra­tion. He assist­ed with cre­ation and imple­men­ta­tion of Georgia’s pub­lic ben­e­fits laws.

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