Opposition to IMAGE offers lessons on commissioners
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D. A. King
D. A. King
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“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.
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West Cobbb
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February 24, 2013
I hear that Keli Gambrill will run against Goreham THANK GOD! I hope that King runs against Tim Lee when it is time!
West Cobbb
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February 23, 2013
After this was written, Goreham pulled a Tim Lee and had a town hall where she lied to her district about IMAGE and then lied about the ordinace some more. It may take awhile, but people are slowly getting it. Helen Goreham is a liar. She was all for this ordinace until she was all against this ordinace. I am waiting for Keli Gambrill to come out for her seat so i acan help defeat Helen the anti-job Liar.
Helen watcher
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February 21, 2013
Good-bye Helen! And good riddance!
Randolph Hert
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February 19, 2013
King has done a great job here but the Chamber will never allow this to pass. The fact that Tim Lee is a liar, Helen Goreham is an idiot and Lisa Cupid is Black before American is just added insult to the injury that We The People have littel to do with our government.

This is the beginning of the end of the corrupt GOP in Cobb and Ga - and as a conservative, I am happy to see that happen.
Judy Manning
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February 19, 2013
From what I have read here I would say it is time for the citizens of Cobb County to stand on their hind legs and fight back.

Make your voices heard, write, call, e-mail and if possible, have a face to face with your representatives and inform them of the fact that E-Verify and IMAGE are intended to protect their constituents and that you expect them to be placed into force.

To allow the open border, pro amnesty lobbyists to run and make the decisions for Cobb County only shows the cowardice of your representatives. Putting Cobb County Citizens and legal residents back to work should be their first priority.

On the other hand, the Citizens of Cobb County can sit back and wait for someone else to make their wishes known. Making the same mistakes and expecting different results.
Tebow in Acworth
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February 19, 2013
Unlike Mr. Whitaker, I never thought that they knew much about what they do. Ever. Also, name on thing that Cobb or any of the cities have done on their own to stop illegal aliens. One hting. Ever.

Mr. King cannot do this by himself.

Pass the IMAGE law. Or go home.How much does the county spend on translating official forms and information?
mk-pure corruption
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February 19, 2013
DA King has the best interests for the citizens of Cobb. Tim Lee has the interests of 'few'.

It is a sad reality that the people in power have become so corrupted and blind w/ arrogant greed, they no longer know they were elected to work for us!

They have become a closed group of untrustworthy folks. The entrance into their secret club is a handshake made w/ fingers crossed, palms greased, a wink-wink and a 'scratch my back' promise.

It disgusts me to no end, that our elected officials show no interest in the truth.

Readmo Paper
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February 19, 2013
OK, if the ordinance passes,

1)contractors conform and make application for the IMAGE program, beginning a process of rooting out illegal labor, or

2)contractors refuse to work for Cobb County rather than conform and we can no longer spend millions of $ on sidewalks no one uses.

I'm not feeling a lot of pain either way.
Marie in Marietta
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February 19, 2013
I have lived long enough to see Cobb comissioners openly defy the public, ignore their word, side with illegals and the people who use them to make even more profits.

DA wasn't as harsh here as he should have been. We agree with everything he said.

I can't imagine anyone voting for Helen again unless they don't care about America and the unemployment in Georgia. Enough to say that Lisa Cupid is a huge dissapointment. How is paying illegal workers helping Cobb County?

Tim Lee has no shame. Thanks DA!
Hooray for Helen
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February 19, 2013
Apparently the self-appointed expert on immigration issues in Cobb (Designated Authority King) is so wrought up over the pending doom of his cherished IMAGE program that he describes Helen Goreham's position on it as "sadly hilarious" in the same sentence. Somebody tell D.A. that the two words have the opposite meaning, and that despite his threats and name-calling, IMAGE is going down in flames and Goreham will be re-elected.
A Taxpayer
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February 19, 2013
OK Helen! We'll see about that on election day!
Boo to Goreham
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February 19, 2013
Oh, Helen, go back to watching American Idol and stop posting here. We will work to get you back on the sofa.
Devlin Adams
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February 20, 2013
@ Hooray for Helen.

Nice rant. How much did the open borders crazies pay you to write thar tripe?
Roger Whitaker
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February 19, 2013
I've tried to unravel our commissioners' position on Image, It becomes more difficult when members themselves know less than I. Ms. Goreham's statements, while not purposely misleading, provide more confusion than clarification. Here, D.A. King provides facts one can sink his teeth into. Ms. Goreham needs the education that Mr. King can offer.

I suggest she meet with Mr. King to get up to speed before making embarrassing, and confusing, public statements.

Perhaps Commissioner Lee could attend also.

I get it now!
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February 19, 2013
This is what Lee, Goreham and Cupid are saying NO to! Very educational. Thank you MDJ!

"Contractors, protecting jobs for eligible workers, bidding requirements and reducing unemployment.”

We need to see the wording of the commissioners oath of office too!

Robert Johnson
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February 19, 2013
There’s one aspect of the “debate” over the illegal immigration issue that receives almost no attention from members of either party: the easy to see negative effect illegal immigration has on the employment and wage levels of low-skilled Americans, particularly blacks.

In 2008, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights examined the issue, conducting a hearing at which experts from across the political spectrum testified. As might be expected, there was some disagreement as to the precise magnitude of the impact of illegal immigration on black employment. But despite the ideological diversity on the panels, the witnesses were unanimous that illegal immigration has an adverse impact on black employment, reducing job opportunities and depressing wages — especially for black men.

African American men, are disproportionately concentrated in the low-skill labor market and are disproportionately likely to have no more than a high-school diploma.

It is clear that these facts matter little to the majority of the Cobb Commissioners. I am shocked at Ms. Cupid's attitude.We need to change that. Thank you Mr. King!
Hank Johnston
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February 19, 2013
Great effort Mr. King, but you can't overcome the money from the Chamber of Commerce. Helen Goreham will be gone in 2015, we hope that you try to help us get rid of illegals again then. This makes my 72 year old stomach very sick. Thank you DA King. You are so right!
JHSTO
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February 19, 2013
Regarding DA King' article we the people of Cobb County want the Image enforced to stop the illegal's from getting the jobs that many of our Cobb County citizens have not been able to get.
Pat H
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February 19, 2013
Great column DA. If tax-funded contractors consider it too difficult to verify that their workforce is legal, then we have a bigger problem than anyone thought.

The money provided to these contractors by us, the taxpayers, does not come easy. We work for it. I have worked most weekends, nights, holidays and it was stressful work. Don't consider my money is obtained trivially and given to you without responsibility to be well spent.

We deserve better.
SW Gal
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February 19, 2013
According to this article in Examiner.com, illegal immigration costs GA ”more than $1.6 billion per year. This amount equates to $523/year per "native-born headed household….In education, one of every 10 students in the K-12 public school system are the children of illegal aliens. This amounts to over 153,000 students and at a rate of $8,500 per child, Georgians spend $1.37 billion annually and an additional $81 million annually on programs for limited English students…The total healthcare costs are $210 million each year.” With so many Georgians unemployed, surely it is reasonable to expect that our tax dollars pay those here legally. Please require IMAGE for contractors employed by the county. Remove the job magnet for illegal immigration.
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