Chairman: Cobb needs to be careful in expanding IMAGE
by Geoff Folsom
July 12, 2012 12:09 AM | 3344 views | 17 17 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — D.A. King, an anti-illegal immigration activist in Cobb, wants county commissioners to require all businesses that work for the county to be IMAGE certified. But Chairman Tim Lee and east Cobb commissioner Bob Ott say that will take some time.

In May, Cobb became the first county in Georgia to join the federal Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers program.

That agreement opens employment records of county employees to audit by federal officials to ensure everyone who is employed by the county is legally permitted to work in this country.

IMAGE differs from the E-Verify program in that employers who participate in E-Verify agree to stringent checks on all future hires, whereas IMAGE is looking back at records of people already on the payroll.

“I get phone calls at home from Americans, including real legal immigrants, who are frantic trying to figure out why they can’t get a job in Cobb County in construction when they know … there are illegal aliens working on Cobb County jobs,” King said.

Lee said a proposed code amendment requiring all businesses that perform work for the county — which in 2011 totaled 4,600 different firms — likely won’t be ready until January.

“While we compliment and understand where he’s trying to take the issue, you have to be careful to follow the process and procedures that are in place,” Lee said.

Commissioner Ott agreed.

“You’re talking about basically writing a law,” Ott said. “You can’t just rush through something … I’m about protecting jobs for the people here legally, but as we take the next step, we have to look at the legal ramifications.”

Ott points to the “conservation subdivision” zoning designation as an example of the need for the county to be cautious in writing a new code amendment. That designation, approved in April 2004, allowed developers to build houses clustered together in exchange for more open space in a development, such as wetlands and floodplains.

The designation was scrapped after two years.

“A committee worked on that for a year, and it still had issues,” Ott said. “Everybody thought they had it just right. That’s just an example of why we need to get it right.”

King addressed commissioners during the public comment portion of Tuesday’s meeting.

“There is no reason that taxpayer dollars, including my own, should go to pay one dime to illegal labor, when there is a tool right in front of us that you are ignoring that would all but eliminate the possibility of hiring any contractor using illegal labor,” King said. “I am outraged.”
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Jesus Palimino
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July 13, 2012
D.A. King for Cobb County Commissioner! or President!
anonymous
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July 12, 2012


From the MDJ: "The Cobb Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Atlanta-based Market Street Services, unveiled a plan on Thursday afternoon to spawn economic development in Cobb County through a 501(c)3 public-private partnership."

But the Chamber of Commerce will fight to stop the IMAGE program. Wake up America!

SW Gal
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January 07, 2013
Businesses using illegal undocumented workers LOVE the fact that the taxpayers are footing the bill for the real cost of these workers, while the businesses pocket the savings of paying them slave labor also with our tax dollars. Numbers USA and other authorites on thsi topic estimate that it is costing us approximatley $20,000 per illegal family in unearned beneftis such as food stamps and husing assistance and that is not taking into account the cost of educating their children when our own state badget is hurting. Oh, and don't forget identity theft, another piece of the puzzle.
anonymous
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July 12, 2012
This IMAGE idea is RACIST!
anonymous
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July 12, 2012
Great news report and balanced! I remember that the MDJ ran an editorial supporting the IMAGE certification by the COBB BOC. I hope to see one in favor of IMAGE for the contractors.

Robert Johnson
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July 12, 2012
Illegal immigration hits our poorest first. How many American workers are laid off or losing their homes because of contractors hiring the illegals? Cobb can do much better than this and Tim Lee isn't really fooling anyone. How many illegals will leave Cobb if they can't steal a job?!

Thank you D.A. King!
mk-to sorry---
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July 12, 2012
How do I KNOW there are illegals working for Baldwin Paving, CW Matthews, Arcadis, roofers, landscapers, tree cutting, granite installers, hardwood floor companies, swimming pool installers, school building & remodeling, residential home builders,painters,window washers, plumbers, asphalt pourers, cement pourers, carpenters, housekeeping/cleaning, resturant kitchens, dishwashers, cooks, bussers,etc. etc. ?

Guess cos' I'm just not asleep, stupid or brainwashed, like you expect many Americans to be.

I understand full well what is happening to this country and the means being used to accomplish it.

Just because you ask me how I know, does not give your open borders arrogance one ounce of weight!!
Gene Roberts
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July 12, 2012
Tim, we hear you loud and clear. We must be careful when it comes to finding contractors who are using the illegals that we pay for with our tax money. I never even saw the Chamber of Commerce's mouth move!
mk-can't trust Cobb
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July 12, 2012
See, when you REALLY get down to it,.. the elected officials are pretending to be doing all they can, while D.A. King is clearly showing that there are MORE tools available!!

They obviously have been PAID OFF in donations,.. to look the other way!!

Just look right around the corner from Bob Otts house - the Sope Creek Elementary School is flooded w/ illegals working for Baldwin Paving.

This is the same company working right under the Smyrna mayors nose, as well as the overseeing project managers, Croy Engineering on Smyrnas ridiculous 10 foot wide sidewalks & unnecessary medians!!

These companies are pocketing MILLIONs!!

MILLIONs!!

And they are paying BIG MONEY to get Tim Lee reelected!

This should be handled as an emergency in our country,..

but as we all know,.. the illegal labor is here to make the rich,.. RICHER!

You wanna see what Re-settlement looks like?

It looks like South Cobb County!!

Citizens of America,.. BE DAMNED!

Thanks D.A.!! Look under ALL the rocks!!
I'm Sorry
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July 12, 2012
You know these folks working for Baldwin Paving are illegal based on what evidence?
Pat H
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July 12, 2012
To I'm Sorry,

The number of LEGAL Hispanics available to work on Baldwin's paving crews just does not exist in Georgia.

If indeed they are legal, then Baldwin should be willing to prove it and sign up for the IMAGE audits without even being required to do so.

So, Baldwin, can you pass the test? If you can, then you should be willing to prove it.
Me Too!
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July 13, 2012
Lee- gone and out and done! King - stay where you are, you my friend, are the voice of reason. I'm ashamed of the Cobb Chamber today!
FROM TEXAS
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July 12, 2012
Bob Ott is right Obama has already told you he isn’t going to enforce our porous borders so don’t waste too much money catching people that aren’t going to be deported. The major deportation need to be this November at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave put your effort’s there and the TSPLOST vote no July 31st 2012.
Marie in Marietta
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July 12, 2012
I am outraged too! This isn't hard to take apart. Tim Lee is stalling until after the primary. I hear that Mr. Byrne is all for IMAGE for contractors. Lee and Ott should be ashamed of the silly transparent excuses when they have already voted YES on IMAGE for Cobb County. This makes no sense except to the businesses that employ the illegal workers. YUCK!
Drake in Marietta
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July 12, 2012
Let's get this right: King wants to protect jobs for legal workers, Cobb has already joined this IMAGE program, but now Chamber of Commerce Lee says we should wait to see if IMAGE is good to use on contractors paid with our tax dollars?

Tim Lee isn't fooling anyone and Ott had already moved to draft an ordinace until he was caught by Chamber Lee the way I hear it. I was undecided on voting for Tim Lee again. I'm not anymore. Adios Tim! Go to work for the Chamber of Commerce officially.
anonymous
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July 12, 2012
Don't send Tin Lee to us we already have enough problems with Connell and Bass!!!
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