The Georgia Sec of State Office recommended the passage of bills to dismantle the review of legal immigration
April 26, 2021
Governor Kemp should veto the law enforcement
Written by DA King
In Georgia, the Secretary of State Office administers professional licenses.
Conservative voters should wonder why Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office has endorsed a recommendation that at least three enforcement bills be “passed as written”.
In a recent article, we asked if Governor Brian Kemp would sign several GOP bills dismantling the existing system to verify the “legal presence” of foreigners applying for a professional license. We have more information now.
The story so far
The abstract states that the 2006 law requires applicants for public benefits – including professional licenses – to go through a screening process to prevent illegal aliens from accessing those benefits. The 2021 General Assembly passed three bills (which we know of) that put Georgia in intergovernmental treaties that contain standardized, mutual licensing standards that appear to remove the review process from the Georgian system. We asked the highest legislature to dispute our analysis. Nobody did it.
Washington’s prestigious center for immigration studies recorded the story
The bills we know and their respective professions (and the corresponding Gold Dome lobbyists) are HB 34: Audiologist and speech pathologist, HB 268: Occupational therapists and HB 395: professional consultants. All Republicans sponsored. Our original post has the details.
We have heard scornful criticism of our opposition to the dismantling of the verification system, which includes the dismissive rhetorical question, “How many illegal aliens will fill these positions …?” The answer is we don’t know. And that’s the point.
We know the answer will be “zero” if the current law stays in place and is actually enforced.
There are more illegal aliens living in Georgia than green card holders, according to the Anti-Enforcement Georgia Budget and Policy Institute. We are trying to reduce this number. We hope readers will agree that Republican lawmaker and Governor Kemp should take the same stance. You are not.
We know if the usual suspects get this legislation into effect, that more laws will be passed next year that tacitly add to the list of professions, “It’s okay if they’re here illegally.”
We learned that these three bills were under review by the obscure Georgia Occupational Regulation Review Council and that the GORRC recommended that the bills be passed as written. It is important to reiterate that the Georgia Chamber of Commerce has called for this legislation to be passed as well.
According to the Council’s recommendation on any bill, “there is a recognizable potential for harm to Georgians if they do not enter into the (intergovernmental treaty) …” We disagree. The damage is caused by the fact that illegal foreigners can obtain professional licenses in Georgia because they have already done so in other countries.
The Recommendation also clarifies that “in the course of the review, the Council staff received information from the applicant group … and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs while conducting internal investigations”. We doubt that this is what conservative voters wanted in a foreign minister.
Who is on the council? Here is a screenshot from the GORRC.
We sent two questions to the SoS office and confirmed receipt, but received no response.
Governor 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 published on ImmigrationPoliticsGA.com
DA King is president of the Georgia-based Dustin Inman Society and a nationally recognized illegal immigration agency. He helped create and implement Georgian laws for the public benefit.
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