Cobb BOC not using federal IMAGE tool to protect jobs
by D.A. King
July 03, 2012 01:10 AM | 1987 views | 20 20 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
D.A. King is an immigration enforcement activist and the president of the Cobb-based Dustin Inman Society. When contacted by the Journal on President Barack Obama's recent immigration announcement, King said: “Like most Americans, I have great sympathy for the young people who were brought here as babies illegally. But that’s not what this is about. This is about incrementalism on amnesty. This will be followed by a demand that their parents should be legal.”
D.A. King is an immigration enforcement activist and the president of the Cobb-based Dustin Inman Society. When contacted by the Journal on President Barack Obama's recent immigration announcement, King said: “Like most Americans, I have great sympathy for the young people who were brought here as babies illegally. But that’s not what this is about. This is about incrementalism on amnesty. This will be followed by a demand that their parents should be legal.”
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“All politics is local”

— former U.S. Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill

On March 2, 2011, Obama’s ICE Director, John Morton, issued a policy — “the Morton Memo” — to ensure that his agency would only enforce immigration law against a specific subset of illegals by setting forth new priorities for the capture, detention and removal of those in this country illegally.

On June 14, the Washington Times reported that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the agency charged with guarding the U.S. border, has written a secret draft policy telling Border Patrol agents to release “low-priority” captured illegal immigrants rather than bring them in for processing and prosecution.

“The memo pointedly warns that ‘no public mention’ should be made of the policy in order to keep it from being subject to Freedom of Information Act requests,” says the newspaper.

The memo says the policy was drafted at the behest of “immigrant rights” groups.

The next day, Obama made an announcement (it was not an Executive Order) from the White House Rose Garden that he had instructed his DHS Chief, Janet Napolitano, to “temporarily” defer enforcement action on yet another group of illegal aliens who say they were brought here as children and who claim to be less than 31 years old. With raging unemployment, “Dear Ruler” also plans on issuing them work permits.

Readers who believe the latest Obama amnesty is temporary, please write in with your reasons for trusting that the Easter bunny is right now preparing chocolate egg gifts for next spring.

This, while out-of-the-loop dupes who strive to join the American family lawfully wait in line and go through the immigration process according to that now fading Rule of Law.

But everything is going smoothly here in Republican controlled Georgia and Cobb County as far as illegal immigration enforcement goes. Right?

Wrong. Nearly 1,200 official agencies statewide — including here in Cobb — are not even filing required reports to show if they are actually following state law on E-Verify use. You can see a list of violators from the Department of Audits and Accounts on my MDJ blog.

The Cobb Board of Commissioners pose yet another glaring problem: They have failed to require that public contractors use a sure-fire tool still offered by the feds to ensure contractors hired by Cobb and others are in compliance with E-Verify laws. It’s also a tool that would make it considerably more difficult for job-thieving illegal aliens to use false ID documents and also — and this is key — to get the black-market labor that was hired before E-Verify use began off the payrolls of those contractors payrolls.

The no-cost E-Verify system may be used only on newly hired employees after the employer begins use.

Illegal aliens employed before use of E-Verify have near zero chance of being busted. Which is one reason why we see periodic hidden-camera news reports on local TV showing smirking illegals working on county-funded construction jobs boasting that “we don’t need no stinking papers …”

The Cobb County Board of Commissioners should already have passed an ordinance requiring that all taxpayer-funded contractors providing workers on jobs over which the BOC has authority be certified and audited under the no-cost federal ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers program.

The BOC has already signed an agreement with ICE to become IMAGE certified, which means that the Human Resources Department has conducted a self-audit of past employment records known as “I-9” forms. That was merely step one. Step two should be to make it clear that only IMAGE-certified contractors will be considered for bidding on jobs after January of 2014.

The outraged and determined opposition coming from the very well funded contractors lobby centers around the audit of past I-9 employment forms. Because the feds will verify employee identity documents offered at hiring years ago — including Social Security numbers that are compared to existing records at Social Security headquarters — the black-market workers on the contractor’s payroll stand a very good chance of being discovered. That is the last thing many public contractors want.

Until Ruler Obama says that Social Security and ID document fraud is a protected crime for illegal aliens, this is a no-brainer of a decision for BOC members who genuinely desire to honor “real” (legal) immigrants, American citizens and protect taxpayers from funding illegal labor.

Candidates for county chairman need to educate themselves and announce their position on IMAGE-certified contractors. And thinking county voters should be asking why that hasn’t already happened.

Because all politics is local.

D.A. King is president of the Cobb-based Dustin Inman Society.
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Dalton Is Infested
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July 10, 2012
Thank goodness for D.A. King. If you folks in Cobb think your laws are being disregarded, you ought to see Dalton. Now that the candidates are out pandering for votes, they all carefully avoid the elephant in the room. If one is cornered with the illegal alien issue, he'll spout the platitude, "oh, most are legal now." American workers are denied jobs because they do not speak Spanish to accommodate this artificial glut. As our tax dollars are stretched thin, I especially resent the money spent on school taxes and social services. The system is being gamed in an enormous way. These are not the honorable, self-sufficient legal "immigrants" of previous generations.

Keep up the good work of exposing the truth, D.A. King.

Marie in Marietta
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July 10, 2012
Dalton- pls name names, exactly which politician has said "most are legal now?" FYI - none are.
Gordon Mableton
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July 06, 2012
Kevin Foley is looking to beat the famous personality in town and is stunning in his proof that he is no match for D.A, King.

Quite entertaining however. BTW- The commissioners should do what King suggests on the IMAGE operation for contractors. I for one, will be watching closely.
Robert Johnson
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July 05, 2012
I note that Foley doesn't coment on the IMAGE concept, only tries to make the writer look wrong. Old trick. No worky here.
Old Vet
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July 05, 2012
You can go to D.A. King's MDJ blog to see Foley whimpering on this. He finally figured out the truth. It wasn't an Executive Order.
anonymous
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July 03, 2012
LA TIMES - June 17, 2012 ran a correction:

FOR THE RECORD:

A previous version of the headline referred to a change in the Obama administration’s deportation enforcement policy as an executive order. In fact, the policy change came as a directive from the Secretary of Homeland Security.

Foley. Foley. Foley.
Marie in Marietta
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July 03, 2012
Umm....Kevin. It wasn't an Exec Order. We should start keeping score on what you DO get right. If ever. Keep reading and believing the Huffington Post though. You crack me up. My neighbor too.
Kevin Foley
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July 04, 2012
Ummm, Marie, just for you and your cracked up neighbor, here's the Fox News story. Since you're intent on holding me accountable for what I get "wrong," you should ask yourself, if Mr. King got this wrong, what else did he get wrong?

The executive order will apply to illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. before they were 16 and are younger than 30. They also must have no major criminal offenses, have been in the country for at least five continuous years, have graduated from a U.S. high school or have earned a GED, or served in the military.

Kevin Foley
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July 03, 2012
Not an executive order? Of course it was:

In a Rose Garden address Friday afternoon, President Barack Obama said the changes caused by his executive order will make immigration policy "more fair, more efficient and more just."

Don't let the facts get in your way, Mr. King.
button gwinnett
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July 03, 2012
I wonder how the proponents of executive orders would react to a future president using it to round up ALL undocumented people for deportation. It would be within the framework of current immigration law, which Obama's recent enactments are NOT, and be perfectly legal. The same thing that makes you laugh can make you cry, Mr. Foley.
Jack Hampton
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July 06, 2012
Mr. Foley in the army we had a term for people like you but I cannot repeat it on this forum. It is regretable that you felt compelled to move south and inflict yourself on our populace.
button gwinnett
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July 03, 2012
...deriving their just power by the consent of the governed. It is time people remember that elected officials work for us, as stated in the Declaration of Independence. Enforce the laws, or be ready to get sent packing at election time. Illegals don't vote, and very soon Georgia law officers will be enforcing checks of suspected illegal aliens. Choose sides,and remember who you work for, we will.
A Taxpayer
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July 03, 2012
A.M. Rich, do you own a contracting company?
button gwinnett
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July 03, 2012
It's easy to be liberal when YOUR livelihood isn't up for grabs, Taxpayer. They don't know or care what an adverse effect the illegals have had on American tradesmen, and our economy as a result.
A.M. Rich
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July 03, 2012
This is a racist idea and Cobb Commissioners better not listen to DA KING!
Sophia R
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July 03, 2012
A.M. Rich, the people who support illegal aliens are the true racists.
Robert Johnson
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July 03, 2012
Very shocking to see the list D.A. has posted on his MDJ blog!
Marie in Marietta
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July 03, 2012
Unbelievable. Thanks DA! I just Googled IMAGE - too bad more people haven't.
Pat H
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July 03, 2012
Conducting audits on taxpayer supported projects is more than a jobs issue. The illegals who work for the criminal employers decimate our schools, healthcare facilities and neighborhoods.

Our elected officials have some explaining to do. Why are we paying for Ms. Bishop to pretend to be a county attorney when she obviously is not doing the job necessary to demand employers provide proof of following the law before they get county funds.
southernbychoice
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July 03, 2012
It is mind boggling to realize just how many laws are not enforced at the federal, staet and local levels. I thought selective prosecution was also against the law. It appears that everyone has a lobby working for their interests except the legal taxpaying citizens. This is the food for revolt.
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