WSB TV video: Smyrna Ga firehouse built with “consultants” – Mayor Max Bacon silent on illegal aliens working on public projects. Cobb Board of Commissioners has a chance to end this forever. Will Likely vote NO. Contractors hire “independent contractors to avoid use of E-Verify, which can only be used for newly-hired ‘employees.”
Opposition to IMAGE offers lessons on commissioners
“Sec 2-143. Contractors, protecting jobs for eligible workers, bidding requirements and reducing unemployment.”— Official caption outlining the purpose of Cobb’s pending IMAGE-for-contractors’ ordinance.
The three Cobb Commissioners saying “no” to the Cobb IMAGE ordinance should all be thanked for showing us their true character and integrity level.
As a candidate last summer, Chairman Tim Lee made a very large deal of publicly signing an agreement with ICE to start the process of the county becoming IMAGE certified.
“The message, if there is one, is that Cobb County takes its responsibility very seriously to make sure that everything possibly that could be done is being done to make sure the laws are being followed in our county, and to make sure there’s an opportunity for equal employment for those that deserve it,” Lee said after signing the IMAGE application.
Candidate Lee promised, in writing, that “it is our intention to bring forward an addition to the county code this January that will require those doing business with Cobb to also enroll in the IMAGE program. This process will require several public meetings in January and your support on this important addition to the county code would be appreciated.”
Lesson: Tim Lee’s word has little worth. And he is willing to prove it.
Most people, including this writer, took a wait-and-see attitude with newly elected Democrat Commissioner Lisa Cupid on the job-protection ordinance. The obvious question was, “Will she vote to protect the unemployed, poor and working poor who are the first hit by the ravages of illegal immigration?” Or would we see the identity politics and the “group-think” for which the left is so infamous?
Cupid removed all doubt with her recent remarks in this newspaper that the people who had been caught working illegally on the Cobb Courthouse construction multiple times were really no big deal. Most Georgians are outraged to learn of even one American losing a job to identity theft and illegal hiring. Not Cupid. It was pointed out to her that the first Americans affected by illegal immigration were black Americans and native born Hispanics, Her response? “Cry me a river.”
Lesson: Cupid’s reaction would likely be quite different if the illegal aliens who are lowering wages and stealing jobs were English-speaking, potential conservative voters coming from Manitoba.
Which brings us to Commissioner Helen Goreham. Bless her heart.
Just last month Goreham supported having contractors “and subcontractors” who do business with the county become IMAGE certified “because it ensures that official citizens of the U.S. are afforded job opportunities that might otherwise go to illegal immigrants, and in today’s economy it’s very important that our citizens are gainfully employed,” she said. This was before the Cobb Chamber of Commerce spokesman said they had no position on protecting jobs with use of IMAGE. Good one, ehh?
Goreham’s sadly hilarious guest column in Sunday’s MDJ to “set the record straight” and grace us with her expert insight on what we have all been missing on E-Verify and IMAGE should be its own lesson on Helen Goreham.
We don’t have the space here to fully cover all the nonsense inaccuracies in Goreham’s little “I need cover” missive, but this one shines: According to Goreham “the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) introduced the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986.” Umm … no. The 1986 amnesty legislation was sponsored by then U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson and U.S. Rep. Romano Mazzoli. ICE was not formed until 2002.
It gets worse.
Someone should sit Goreham down and try hard to explain — again — that IMAGE certification involves mandated use of E-Verify. And that E-Verify is only used on new hires going forward. And that E-Verify can be fooled by fake and stolen ID. And that identity theft is one of the fastest growing and serious crimes in the nation. Goreham says verifying ID documents is somehow a presumption of guilt. What?
Someone needs to try — again — to make Goreham grasp that IMAGE I-9 audits expose the use of ID fraud at hiring for all employees and that IMAGE is the ultimate tool to stop illegal employment. Someone needs to tell Goreham that her YES vote to raise taxes in Cobb, but her refusal to protect tax dollars on public jobs, is very unproductive at re-election time.
We think her district voters will form a task force to evaluate the situation and take a practical course of action very soon. And, on behalf of American workers everywhere, we desperately want to help.
D.A. King is president of the Cobb-based Dustin Inman Society
For those of you who have been following our two-year effort here in Georgia to get the Metro-Atlanta area, Cobb County government to require that the contractors it hires to use only legal labor by using the no-cost IMAGE program, please see the two out-takes from the Marietta Daily Journal “Around Town” column below.
In a world where politicians have the best interests of the people at heart, the pending job-protection ordinance should pass with a 5-0 unanimous vote. We do not live in such a world.
The Cobb County Chairman, Tim Lee, lied to us before the July primary election when he promised to push this simple ordinance through. Having been elected by the people, he now works for the Chamber of Commerce and the contractors who have already been caught using black-market labor to build our courthouse three times.
The only hope we have is to convince Commissioner Helen Goreham to change her mind -again – on the matter. Goreham is up for re-election next year.
Cobb County Commissioner Helen Goreham can be e-mailed HERE. No matter where you live, the message is ” PROTECT OUR TAXPAYER-FUNDED JOBS . VOTE YES ON IMAGE FOR CONTRACTORS, OR PACK YOUR BAGS. WE ARE WATCHING”
I don’t know how many people the room will hold, but Goreham also has a Town Hall scheduled for next week. How exciting…
Marietta Daily Journal, “Around Town” – Saturday, February 16, 2013
IMAGE: Northwest Cobb Commissioner Helen Goreham, who’s been on the hot seat as of late regarding her upcoming vote on whether the county should require contractors with whom it does business to apply for IMAGE certification to assure those they hire are citizens and not illegal aliens, explains her position in a guest column in Sunday’s MDJ Opinion section.
Goreham supported last year’s vote to seek IMAGE certification for the county government, but says she opposes the pending ordinance because it, in essence, would declare that all companies and vendors who do business with Cobb “are guilty of hiring illegals until proven otherwise.”
She instead hopes to convene a task force of the various interested parties — including outspoken local IMAGE advocate D.A. King — to recommend a more “practical course of action,” she writes.
The Commission is slated to vote on the ordinance Feb. 26 after a third and final hearing on the measure. At present it appears doomed to fail, considering that she, Commission Chairman Tim Lee and southwest Cobb Commissioner Lisa Cupid all oppose it. Only east Cobb’s Bob Ott and JoAnn Birrell are in favor. …
Incidentally, Goreham will host a town hall meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the West Cobb Senior Center on Dallas Highway.
SPEAKING OF KING, the City of Acworth almost rolled out the welcome mat for the immigration activist this week, then rolled it back up just as fast.
Acworth is one of several Cobb cities that have shown no interest in the IMAGE program until recent days.
City Clerk Regina Russell called and emailed King on Wednesday to get contact information for Special Agent Rick Beamish of ICE so he could make a presentation to the council Monday about IMAGE.
Added Russell, “In the event Mr. Beamish is unavailable, we greatly appreciate your time and assistance in this matter” — in other words, inviting King to make the presentation if Beamish was unavailable.
King wrote back 30 minutes later affirming that he would be happy to fill in.
But King got another email from the clerk an hour or so after that one, stating simply, “Please disregard this request. Thank you, Regina.”
When questioned by the MDJ about the about-face, Mayor Tommy Allegood, an ally of Lee, emailed us the following Thursday morning: “As you know IMAGE is a ‘voluntary’ partnership between the federal government and the private sector/business and we are doing some research on IMAGE in order to present to our Council Members at our Work Session on this Monday night’s agenda … thanks so much for your help! Tommy.”
Georgia’s illegal alien population among fastest growing (up to before the 2011 Georgia illegal imigration law was passed)
Georgia’s population of illegal [aliens] grew faster than all but six other states’ over the past two decades, according to a new study to be released Friday. That analysis comes as Congress is considering proposals to create a pathway to citizenship for all the illegal [aliens] living in the U.S. — The report, expected to be published in International Migration Review this week, estimates that 396,876 illegal [aliens]…
The nation’s growing Hispanic voter base may be driving the immigration debate in Washington. But in GOP-held Texas congressional districts, it hardly has made a mark. — While some top Republican leaders have endorsed a pathway to citizenship for the nation’s 11 million undocumented residents, the loudest GOP voices to emerge against the proposal in recent weeks have come from Texas congressmen…
“Five years ago, all hell broke loose,” he said. “This year, I thought phones would ring off the hook again. They really haven’t.”
Note to Senator Isakson: That is because we never in a million years could have dreamed you would even consider helping Rubio and Obama legalize the illegal aliens. We didn’t get it that you thought we had forgotten 1986, Senator.We never thought you would help with another amnesty, Senator. We never thought you didn’t understand that after the amnesty you try to label as “not amnesty” was complete, the new ‘gimme’ voters would vote for big government Obama Democrats. THANKS FOR THE HEADS UP SENATOR! We can hear you now!
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Posted by Joe Earle on February 11, 2013.
Isakson predicts immigration reform will win approval
Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson is predicting the federal government will reform its immigration rules by the end of the year.
I do feel immigration will probably be dealt with as long as [the solution] doesn’t provide amnesty,” Isakson, a Republican, told members of the Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 11.
The senator chatted with chamber members over coffee and pastries at the United Parcel Service office in Sandy Springs. He addressed about 50 local business leaders attending the inaugural gathering of the chamber’s Chairman’s Circle.
Isakson said public outcry shouted down efforts to try reform immigration rules five years ago. But a similar outcry has not been stirred by talk of reform now.
“Five years ago, all hell broke loose,” he said. “This year, I thought phones would ring off the hook again. They really haven’t. I think everybody realizes we have a problem.”
Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Georgia, speaks to members of the Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 11.
One big problem, he said, a cap on the number of highly educated immigrants given work visas. This year, the number of applicants reached the cap in early January, he said. Immigrant engineers graduating Georgia Tech, he said, receive two pieces of paper – a diploma and a deportation order.
“Our system is pretty screwed up,” he said.
Isakson said this year would be “the year of cliffs” in Congress. Congress has dealt with the first “fiscal cliff” in January, he said, but faces three more budgetary crises by the end of the year.
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IMAGE would help end Cobb amnesty
Amnesty for illegals is again a possibility. If you liked the Bush-McCain-Kennedy amnesty plan the American people defeated in 2007, you will be positively gaga over the re-painted 2013 version of the same “make’em-legal first” Rubio-McCain-Boehner-Obama goop.
In the early 1980s, the promise was that if Congress legalized one million illegal aliens, the U.S. government would then secure the border and clamp down on the shameless employers who use fugitive illegal workers because they will work for less and are more “flexible.”
“Trust us” the president and Congress said when they passed the “one-time” 1986 legalization scheme. Look around. The amnesty ended up legalizing three times the officially estimated number of victims of geography. About 7 percent of Georgia’s workforce is today made up of illegal aliens, while state, local and federal officials alternate between scratching their heads on how to solve our unemployment crisis and ignoring it.
Which brings us to the ongoing de facto amnesty in Cobb County, and the three members of the Board of Commissioners who can’t seem to pull the trigger to require that taxpayer dollars only go to contractors who do everything possible to rid themselves of illegal labor. Or to use a simple tool that checks for possible identity theft by county-funded workers who have come to Georgia since the ‘86 federal amnesty.
The current language of the pending IMAGE ordinance (posted on this writers’ MDJ blog) just requires all employers who want to bid on work paid for by taxpayers to swear they have applied to federal authorities for IMAGE certification. There is no mandate that contractors already be IMAGE certified to work or bid.
Cobb would only collect affidavits from potential job bidders saying they have applied and collect valid ID from contractors who don’t have any employees. Radical stuff, eh?
The certification process will likely take years. This is simply an important and easy step to protect county-funded jobs for legal workers. The official estimated time to complete an application to become IMAGE compliant is a whopping 90 minutes. It is true the feds encourage employers who have applied to do a pre-audit internal check of the ID submissions and paperwork completed when an employee was hired. But it is not a requirement. This is done in-house with existing staff. No new employees are required. There is no added expense. Did I mention it is not required?
As a diversion from the fact that all this is about “jobs, jobs, jobs” and ID theft, the absurd proposition has been set forth that the county spend time inventing a program of awarding “points” to contractors who are IMAGE certified. As an “incentive.” Have contractors who won’t even apply for IMAGE compete with other contractors who won’t even apply for IMAGE. Great plan. Nice try from the people who are throwing jobless Americans under the bus and very efficiently exposing their true character while they put a political price on their neighbors’ ability to find work.
Happily, few Cobb voters accept this nonsense.
It needs to be pointed out yet again that in 2009 and 2010 illegal workers were found to be helping build the Cobb Courthouse, taking jobs from unemployed Cobb citizens who had paid into the SPLOST that funded the project. And that demanding that we do everything possible to safeguard public funds, our tax funded jobs and to discourage ID fraud is not regarded as “punitive” by the voting majority of Cobb residents.
There would be no punishment for anyone who does not want to apply for IMAGE certification — only a reward for those who swear they have done so. The reward is being allowed to bid on a public job.
It can only be regarded as a positive that so many voters now have so much more information to use when they vote again for county commissioners. Will it be the “Lee, Goreham, Cupid Cobb Amnesty of 2013”? When is the election again?
D.A. King is president of the Cobb-based Dustin Inman Society and a nationally recognized expert on illegal immigration.
He assisted in the creation of the pending IMAGE-for-Cobb-contractor’s proposal.
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Cobb-based pro-enforcement, immigration watchdog group announces intention to find and assist a primary candidate to oppose and replace Cobb County Commissioner Helen Gorham in 2014
Today, Dustin Inman Society president D.A. King announced his state-wide organization’s intent to actively recruit, locate funding for and assist at the grass-roots level a qualified GOP primary candidate for Cobb County’s Commission District 1 seat now held by Helen Goreham.
King says the West Cobb District can be much better represented by finding an intelligent and honest candidate who is based in reality and who will stand up to the powerful business community for job and identity theft protection with reasonable and workable methods. On the current commissioner, “follow the money” cautioned King.
“Helen Goreham has proven that she will do literally anything to prevent the implementation of the no-cost IMAGE system for contractors, including pushing a ridiculous “points system” that would somehow reward contractors if they became IMAGE certified. As most of us can clearly see, the contractors who Goreham, Lee and Cupid are shielding here will never even apply for IMAGE much less become fully compliant. In Helen’s little fantasy, the real score in her “points incentive system” would be zero to zero. We think that number has real meaning when applied to Helen Goreham. Under the ‘Goreham Zero Plan’, jobless Americans in Cobb County would continue to watch as illegal employers take county-funded jobs on which they will continue to use illegal aliens.” King said.
King noted that Commissioner Helen Goreham was one of the Cobb Commissioners who voted for the IMAGE certification system when Cobb County held a May, 2012 public signing of the agreement with ICE to become IMAGE compliant.
“Goreham’s latest adventure in pretending that there are contractors who will voluntarily become IMAGE certified to gain points in a bidding process will only result in more Cobb County Courthouse – type cheating of the very people she was elected to represent and protect” said King. “Apparently hoping that voters in her district have completely forgotten the Cobb Courthouse illegal alien worker debacle, Goreham has essentially moved to an ‘anything-but-real-enforcement-because-my-Chamber- donors-won’t- like-it mode.’ It is very possible that Goreham is fooling herself, but she it is not fooling anyone else.” King ended.