April 18, 2017
April 17, 2017
April 11, 2017
To all DIS supporters who vote in Georgia’s Sixth District:
The Dustin Inman Society’s favorite candidate for the special election to replace Dr. Tom Price in congress – Georgia’s 6th District – is Mr. Bob Gray.
At his invitation, I have spent several hours talking to Bob about both legal and illegal immigration and I am confident that he is a man of his word and has a genuine interest in American workers and wages and preserving our rule of law.
Mr. Gray understands that immigration is not a separate issue from most other topics and that not only must we secure our borders, but that we must also enforce the laws in place on ensuring that temporary visa holders actually leave the U.S. when they are supposed to. About half the illegal aliens here now did not come illegally.
Bob agrees with me – and most Americans – that English should be the official language of the United States.
I trust that Bob will not participate in a repeat of the 1986 legalization of illegal aliens and that he understands that ending the current reward system of jobs, benefits and services for illegal aliens is the reasonable solution to illegal immigration. Bob has made it clear that he supports national E-Verify and employer accountability.
Bob has also told me that he supports expanding the 287 g tool so that more local law enforcement agencies can help ICE locate and report illegal aliens in our communities.
→ I urge you to take a look at the candidate survey offered by our friends at NumbersUSA asking key questions on immigration positions of contenders for the 6th District seat, HERE. The survey was sent to all candidates.
Bob Gray answered the questions exactly as I would have myself.
I also urge you to note which candidates did not respond – and have thereby not detailed their immigration related promises in writing.
Georgia has more illegal aliens than Arizona. English is an optional language.
The Dustin Inman Society picks Bob Gray and I am voting for Bob Gray.
April 10, 2017
April 5, 2017
“Though the Trump administration has not yet changed how the border is patrolled, the president’s tough talk on immigration — including plans to build a border wall — and his stepped-up arrests of immigrants living in the country illegally have likely acted as deterrents.”
In this April 1, 2017, photo, a man in Nogales, Ariz., talks to his daughter and her mother who are standing on the other side of the border fence in Nogales, Mexico. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly says arrests of people entering the United States illegally across the Mexican border plummeted in March 2017. That’s a signal that fewer people are trying to sneak into the U.S. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
Immigration arrests at Mexican border continue to plummet
Tuesday, April 4,
Arrests of people caught trying to sneak into the United States across the Mexican border plummeted in March to the lowest monthly figure in more than 17 years, the head of the Department of Homeland Security reported.
That’s a likely sign that fewer immigrants are trying to make the trek into the United States.
Secretary John Kelly said the steep decline in arrests is “no accident” and credited President Donald Trump’s approach to illegal immigration.
Kelly reported the figures in written testimony submitted to a Senate committee ahead of an appearance Wednesday. The Associated Press obtained a copy of his testimony.
Though the Trump administration has not yet changed how the border is patrolled, the president’s tough talk on immigration — including plans to build a border wall — and his stepped-up arrests of immigrants living in the country illegally have likely acted as deterrents.
It’s unclear if the declines will continue. The number of people caught trying to enter the United States typically increases as the weather warms. Arrests during the normally slower winter months were higher than in past years. It is possible that some migrants rushed to the border after the election and before Trump took office.
It’s also unclear if migrants are waiting south of the border to see how Trump’s border security efforts and plans for a wall develop.
In his testimony for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Kelly said fewer than 12,500 people were caught crossing the border illegally last month. That compares with more than 43,000 in December.
Kelly told lawmakers that the number of families and children traveling alone — groups that accounted for hundreds of thousands of illegal border crossers in recent years — also declined steeply. Last month fewer than 1,000 children were caught at the border and fewer than 1,100 people traveling as families were found. In recent years most of the families and children traveling alone have been from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.
Kelly has said his agency is considering separating parents and children as a way to dissuade parents from making the trek from Central America…Read the rest here from the AJC.
April 4, 2017
Georgia’s criminal alien information sharing legislation – this is the relevant language of HB 452, which passed the Georgia General Assembly on March 30, 2017 – another bill (SB1) was added to it
9 Article 1 of Chapter 3 of Title 35 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to
10 general provisions regarding the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, is amended by adding a
11 new Code section to read as follows:
13 To the extent permitted by federal law, the bureau shall post on its public website the
14 information of persons who are aliens and who have been released from federal custody
15 within the boundaries of this state, as such information is presented within the Law
16 Enforcement Notification System of the Enforcement Integrated Database of the United
17 States Department of Homeland Security or the National Law Enforcement
18 Telecommunications System as received by the Georgia Information Sharing and Analysis
19 Center within the bureau or any replacement agency. Within 12 hours of receiving such
20 information, the bureau shall post such information as required by this Code section and
21 electronically send a copy of such information to the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association. The
22 bureau shall promulgate rules and regulations for the implementation of this Code section.”
23 SECTION 2.
24 All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.
(Note – the House clerk’s office does not have the as passed version online yet as of #April at 10:10 AM – above is as passed the House, which is same language as final passage in Senate)
April 3, 2017
Jim Weidhaas, APR
Public Relations Director
Glynn County Schools
P.O. Box 1677
Brunswick, GA 31521
Please forward to me copies of the letter your office received from the U.S. Dept.of Education concerning my complaint as mentioned in the attached press report (The Islander, March 27, 2017) and a copy of the “further explanation from Cori Alston ESOL/Title lll coordinator.
Speaker 1: The Senator has yielded. Um, let me get to these amendments. Uh, I did skip over that. Chair, have we read, have we read the amendments? Read- read 1A.
Speaker 2: Amendment 1A by Senator Jones of the 10th. Offers the following amendment to Amendment One, to House Bill 452 by online 20 striking who are aliens and [inaudible 00:00:23] the order.
Speaker 1: The Chair recognizes the majority leader, Senator from the 46th to speak to the amendment.
Speaker 3: [00:00:30] Amendment One.
Speaker 4: Thank you Mr. President, uh, ladies and gentlemen of the Senate. This amendment is simply re-instating big portions of Senate Bill One that have been stripped out by the House and the committee process. We passed our anti-terrorism act before cross-over day and it did several things to re-define domestic terrorism. You might [00:01:00] remember we had the collaboration of both parties in that the Senator from the 2nd and the 22nd assisted in making certain that that in no way limited the rights of lawful protest or freedom of speech, etcetera. It also encouraged local law enforcement to report suspicious activity and known terrorists to the Fusion Center, uh so that we could take appropriate action, and it gave additional prosecutorial powers to the Attorney General to assist local district attorneys in the prosecution of domestic [00:01:30] terrorism. In addition to that we had created a new Department of Homeland Security that is currently housed within GEMA, and we split it out into a separate agency with the commissioner and a board to es- establish policy for our anti-terrorist strategy. That part ended up being in a little bit of a turf war uh, and through the committee process over in the- in the House it was taken out. Essentially what happened is the Fusion Center is currently [00:02:00] under the command of the- uh, GBI Director. Our Bill asks for the Homeland Security Commissioner to be in charge of the Fusion Center. That met with bureaucratic uh, objection from the GBI so we have taken that out. Everything else is pretty much the same as we had passed out of here, uh, ver- very strong about partisan vote earlier. It still creates a Board of Homeland Security uh, that it has everybody that needs [00:02:30] to be involved in that process, if you looked at the page four starting up at line 99 we list all of the different officials in the State that need to be involved in the planning and response to any type of terrorist activity. That Board is then tasked with coming up with an anti-terrorist strategy. I think our state is deficient that we have not yet planned for these type of events, these type of attacks, we need a strategy and some direction. This Board will come [00:03:00] up with that strategy, strategy, and also establish department policy for the Department of Homeland Security. It sounds like we’re creating a new agency, it’s really only a very few individuals. It is the Commissioner of Homeland Security. Currently they have two analysts that are in charge of anti-terrorism type analysis. I think we have funded a coupla more in this year’s budget. Anybody else will just be shifted from GEMA. Ya gotta remember right now Emergency Management and Homeland Security [00:03:30] are housed in the same agency. We now refer to them as GEMSA so there may be some employees that are shifted under the control of Homeland Security, we’re not talking about hiring new people, building out a new bureaucracy, or an increase in the size of government, just delineating the functions of- of Homeland Security separate from Emergency Management. Uh we- didn’t survive the committee process in the House on this mostly because of that in-fighting. I think by leaving command and control [00:04:00] with GBI this should alleviate that, and let’s have a plan going forward how we’re going to respond to terrorist threats so uh, it doesn’t impact the other portions of the Bill that are identifying known felons that have been released from federal prison, puttin’ em on the GBI’s website which should be part of an overall strategy to protect against terrorist activity. Mr. President, if there are no questions I’ll be glad to yield the well, but I’m, I’m happy to answer any questions that there might be.
Speaker 1: You do have a question. Chair will recognize the distinguished [00:04:30] special judiciary- chairman Senator from the 5th.
Speaker 5: Um, well the gentleman yelled over this- this [crosstalk 00:04:33] … question of parliamentary inquiry-
Speaker 4: Sure
Speaker 5: Um, it appears this … your Amendment is 21 pages and the Bill is-
Speaker 4: That’s true.
Speaker 5: One page. Um, will that have the effect of forcing us back to rules?
Speaker 4: That, that will uh, that’s a good question. I should have mentioned that earlier. Because of the length of this amendment it will create a floor substitute. It will go back to rules and it will be eligible for consideration on day 39. [crosstalk 00:05:01] [00:05:00] I think it’s important enough to delay it a day and, and I’m, I’m sorry that … and I hope it doesn’t slow down uh, the underlying Bill more than just that one day, it shouldn’t.
Speaker 5: Mr. President, I should have directed to you-
Speaker 1: Very good, thank you. There are no further questions Senator.
Speaker 4: Thank you Mr. President, I yield the well.
Speaker 2: The Chair recognizes the Senator from the 29th, the 29th to speak to … or I’m sorry, hold on. Uh, Senator from the 10th, you wish to be recognized? Lemme get that and that way we’ll have all the amendments [inaudible 00:05:32].
Speaker 6: [00:05:30] Thank you Mr. President. [inaudible 00:05:36] I rise in support of Amendment 1A which sim- …
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March 31, 2017
WE WIN! HB 452 passes the Georgia General Assembly. Action needed, say “THANK YOU” to Rep Jesse Petrea
WE WIN ON HB 452!
–> Thank you, Rep Jesse Petrea!
404.657.1803 – Georgia Capitol office
We need financial help.
Because of our work, HB 452 passed last night at about 10:00. It took a lot more effort than it should have in a Republican-controlled Georgia legislature. The senate was the problem, not the House. I was in the Capitol most of the day yesterday and much of the last three months. It is one of my least favorite locations to spend time.
To be honest, passing HB 452 in the Republican senate was as difficult as anything we have done since 2005 when we started the Dustin Inman Society with our own funds.
I cannot thank all of you enough for the phone calls and emails that poured in to the state senate. I also want to thank several Georgia sheriffs who saw the wisdom of the bill and spoke loudly and often for the common sense bill’s passage. More on that later.
Our bill was so good and we exerted so much pressure to pass it in the correct form that another bill (SB1) that had a great deal of trouble was added onto HB 452 to insure SB1’s passage.
A simple explanation of the original part of HB 452 that we all worked for is this:
—> After Governor Deal signs HB 452 into law, GBI will be required to share information it has been receiving from ICE on criminal aliens who have been released into Georgia instead of being deported as they should be. These convicted criminals with convictions including murder, rape, kidnapping, child molestation and assault are walking American streets as I type this. GBI will be required to to send the ICE info as it arrives to the Sheriff’s Association and to post it on the GBI website so that every Georgian can see it. That’s it.
That is what the corporate-funded illegal alien lobby such as GALEO and the Latin American Association worked so hard to stop. That is what Republican state senators Tyler Harper and John Albers tried to water-down with ridiculously poor wording that was the laughing stock of people with legal knowledge of well-written legislation. We were successful in killing the Harper-Albers amendment and a replacement amendment from the senate that was almost as bad. *
To be clear: South Georgia state Senator Tyler Harper, Chairman of the Senate Public Safety Committee is a real problem for Georgia and for pro-enforcement Americans. More on that later as well.
Many thanks to our friend, state Senator Hinter Hill for carrying HB 452 in the senate!
ACTION NEEDED! Say thank you!
I ask you to now take a quick minute to make a call to the capitol office of Savannah state Rep Jesse Petrea who sponsored HB 452 and methodically worked to insure his bill was as well-written and understood as it could possibly be.
To be clear: We would not have seen the passage of HB 452 without the diligence and determination of Jesse Petrea. Please leave a message at his office today. “Please tell Rep Petrea we called from our house and that we are grateful for his hard work on HB 452. We need more pro-enforcement legislators like him.”
—> Please call Rep Petrea’s office now. 404-657-1803 and leave a message with his assistant. We predict Rep Petrea will go far. BTW – He pronounces his name “Pea-tree.”