Cobb needs history lesson on immigrants
February 03, 2013 12:40 AM | 1417 views | 4 4 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print

According to the MDJ, the federal Immigration lawyer backed out of the private meeting this week on dealing with our immigrant population, but Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee is asking that it be rescheduled. Maybe Lee needs a little history lesson.

In the first week of June 1995, I got off the elevator on the 3rd floor of my office building and watched in shock as a series of helicopters, police cars and black ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) vans arrived at the construction site across the street, the foundation that was to become the new State Court Building for Cobb County. They were there to “detain all Hispanic-looking workers” working at that site.

Shortly after the first attack wave, sheriff’s school buses arrived to carry off the “offenders.”

That was the week when I celebrated the 38th anniversary of my graduation from Annapolis, when, as part of my graduation, I had repeated my oath to “preserve and protect” the Constitution of these United States.

I went home that day, wondering how such a thing could have happened. I asked that question of this newspaper and its readers then, too.

Now I see that in Wednesday’s newspaper, the way that our local government will deal with our illegal immigrant population cannot yet be given the cleansing effect of sunshine and fresh air.

Chairman Lee and Commissioner Helen Goreham have now engineered a private meeting with our county’s lawyers and ICE lawyers to discuss how to draft regulations to interface with a federal program called IMAGE that would ensure that Cobb employers employ only citizens.

That’s probably not a bad idea, if the program also contemplates some accommodation for the changes in immigration law which seem imminent from the recent news from both Republican and Democrat Washington. How are these 10 million undocumented immigrant workers to survive in order to receive the benefits of the anticipated program changes if they can’t work in the interim?

This reminds me of a plan whose remnants still remain in certain areas of this county. I heard it described as “Don’t come north of the river,” a rule to live by, for the blacks in metropolitan Atlanta.

The same logic seems to apply to the rush for a private meeting to try to make Cobb County unacceptably hostile to a portion of our immigrant population — at least long enough to make the problem go away.

Seventeen years later, and we still have everything but the helicopters.

Gary Pelphry


Editor’s note: Mr. Pelphrey is a retired lawyer who ran unsuccessfully against Newt Gingrich for Congress in 1998.
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February 04, 2013
Reading this letter brought a tear to my eye...a tear shed for all the poor bleeding heart lawyers who have made enough money and posess enough power and security to allow them to feel sorry for all the poor illegals. Too bad they can't spend a few days on the planet the rest of us live on.
Gary's Opponent
February 04, 2013

Please go beat your divisive drum somewhere else. Our community needs unity; we naturally have diversity already. Your assertion that IMAGE will have racial implications is actually more propaganda than truth, since immigrants come from hundreds of countries and have myriad unique racial backgrounds. It is time to move beyond appearance. 1 Samuel 16:7 . . . the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.
February 03, 2013
Mr Pelphry-

You ask how are the illegal workers to survive in order to receive the benefits of the anticipated program changes if they can't work in the interim.

How are our American citizens ---who should be the ones to get the benefits to survive ? What if, pray heaven, the anticipated changes are voted down? Then we are adding, just as has been done to date, to the problem.

It is attitudes like yours that has resulted in 20 million illegals in country and will in 10 or 20 years result in some 50 million in country.
Pat H
February 03, 2013
Perhaps Mr. Pelphry needs to look at the families who have been destroyed by illegal aliens drunk or otherwise on our roads.

Retired from the profits of criminal aliens. Blood money.

Those 10 million or more illegals supported by the hard work and coffers of the taxpayers need to return to their country and fix it. If they are too lazy to fix it, then they need to endure it.
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