Local tea party to back Cobb immigration certification program
by Jon Gillooly
February 12, 2013 01:34 AM | 2848 views | 18 18 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The board of the Marietta-based Georgia Tea Party voted Monday to support a pending county ordinance that would require contractors to apply with the federal IMAGE immigration program.

The tea party board discussed the topic for about an hour and a half in the home of board chairman J.D. Van Brink in Acworth.

Following the vote, Van Brink explained why the board was unanimously supporting the ordinance proposed by commissioners JoAnn Birrell and Bob Ott that the Cobb Board of Commissioners is expected to consider on Feb. 26.

“If you do a cost-benefit analysis on it, the costs of illegal immigration are far outweighing the benefits, Van Brink said. “Plus, as we discussed tonight, the rule of law, this is of paramount importance to the Georgia Tea Party. We follow the rule of law.”

There is also the human cost of illegal immigration, Van Brink said, referring to the comments made by the parents of the late Dustin Inman at last month’s Board of Commissioners meeting.

Billy and Kathy Inman of Woodstock, the parents of Dustin, a 16-year-old boy killed in a traffic accident in 2000 by illegal immigrant Gonzalo Harrell-Gonzalez, urged the board to approve the code change, saying it would discourage illegal immigrants from being employed by the county.

“Anyone not moved by hearing that is heartless,” Van Brink said. “So the rule of law, cost benefit analysis, and the human cost, this was the right thing to do. We would urge that the county commission in Cobb to support IMAGE also. This is a very, very reasonable step in the right direction, so that’s why we support it.”

Tea party board member Larry Savage of east Cobb said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has the power to audit any business it wants anyway to check for illegal immigrants. So why not work with ICE on the front end, he asked.

“Under IMAGE you’re a voluntary participant, you are given certain relief from sanctions because of that, and plus you have the opportunity to get help and understand how to do your internal audit, you can self audit, and you have the opportunity to clean things up before ICE ever comes in,” Savage said.

According to the ICE website, the federal agency will waive potential fines if substantive violations are discovered on fewer than 50 percent of the required I-9 hiring records. For instances in which more than 50 percent of the I-9 hiring records contain substantive violations, ICE will mitigate fines or issue fines at the statutory minimum of $110 per violation. ICE will also provide information and training before, during and after inspection.

“You won’t be surprised and caught unaware by an unexpected ICE audit,” Savage said. “If you don’t participate, you may find that you have ICE coming in for an audit someday anyway, and you have no protection from sanctions, and whatever they find is likely to lead to a sanction, so it would make sense to me that you face the inevitable, that you’re going to get audited someday, and you should go ahead and volunteer and give yourself the protection and head start to get it done at your pace instead of theirs.”

IMAGE stands for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers. ICE developed the initiative as a way for employers to achieve a “lawful workforce” through self-policing of their hiring practices.
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A reasonable person
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March 05, 2013
It is awful that a child was killed in a car accident. That the driver of the offending vehicle was not here illegally really is just an interesting angle. The sad truth is that car crashes happen all the time among legal and illegal people, and people die, and it's awful. I'm a nurse, and I currently also have 3 illegal immigrants under my care who have fallen off of roofs in the last couple of months and have severe injuries. Accidents happen, and there are no restrictions on whether they happen to Americans or others.

What is most disgusting here is Cobb County. I can't figure out why Cobb is so determined to try to keep everyone who is not white and not rich out. It is truly the most selfish place I can think of.
Lib in Cobb
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February 13, 2013
The Tea Party lacks the support of the GOP in The House, because they are more of a fringe element than the fringe element.

DA, perhaps you can open the next TP meeting with one of your anti immigration rants, while firing your gun off.
Rich Pellegrino
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February 13, 2013
Unfortunately the Tea Party chooses to repeat and perpetuate the same misinformation and myths about undocumented immigrants as the basis for their decision.

Myth: They are a drain on our economy.

Truth: All independent studies conclude they contribute millions more than the services they receive.

Myth: They are taking our jobs.

Truth: The taxes they pay and their purchasing power produces a net increase in jobs.

Myth: They are a social detriment.

Truth: The areas they live in have lower crime rates; they are church-going, family oriented, hard working. (not unlike our/your immigrant ancestors)

The fact that those opposed to them have to concoct these myths belies some other motives.

(Thank God that the rest of America has awakened to these myths and truths so that soon they will be our "legal" neighbors. Then who will you scapegoat?)
mk @ vfp42
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February 12, 2013
What an unforgiveable, hateful, despicable, deplorable, meaningless rant.

You haven proven yourself a lowlife.

No wonder you hide behind aliases.

Billy & Kathy Inman are two beautiful human beings that I am proud to call friends.
A Taxpayer
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February 12, 2013
To VFP42: I'm surprised your comment received editorial approval, unless it was just to show the world what an ignorant, insensitive troll you are. What kind of a person would poke fun at the death of a family's child at the hands of a criminal.
Just Wait
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February 12, 2013
Once again, who cares what the Tea Party thinks? They are so important that they can meet in some guys basement. Sounds more like a group of nerds talking about who they would score with IF they could go to the party Saturday night.
Devlin Adams
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February 12, 2013
Congratulations on showing that ignorance knows no bounds.

You have no idea who the Tea Party is, where they meet of just who makes up the membership.

You have already demonstrated your ignorance. In order to not add stupidity to it, please just shut up, until yu know what you are talkluing about.
Say What?
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February 12, 2013
Tea Party? Isn't that where a couple of people claim they represent a large group of like minded people. I guess the last gathering of the Tea Party had thousands of people huh? Never heard of or seen a large gathering in Georgia. Only heard of a few loud mouths that think they represent a broad spectrum of people when commenting on TV or the newspaper. I strive to think for myself and not be swayed by a very small crowd.
Doubting word
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February 12, 2013
Just Wait, I agree they are just a bunch of old white guys living in their own alternative universe. They haven't been elected by anybody and their voice shouldn't count more than anybody else. Why are our elected officials listening to these people, and why do they rate an article in the MDJ? The Tea is on the downslope. Hopefully in a year or two these crackpots will simply fade into obscurity. At that point the GOP can recover. The goals and objectives of these people are simply unrealistic and unobtainable in the extreme.

Devlin Adams
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February 12, 2013
To VFP42. Congratulations on posting the most reprehensible and insensitive piece of garbage we have seen so far this week.

It's a good thing you don't give your name, otherwise you would not have the nerve to mock the grief the Inmans still feel over the loss of their son.

BTW, if the illegal immmigrant criminal had stopped at the border, they would not have let him across and he would not have been in this country to kill Dustin.
Say What?
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February 12, 2013
yeah, if they were legal they would of been let out of jail in a couple of months. I guess that would of made it all better!!
Dhk
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February 12, 2013
Let's address the real issue, it's very hard to find legals who would and will do the grunt work.
Lib in Cobb
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February 12, 2013
The Tea Party supporting anything would not be considered a welcomed endorsement by most thinking Americans. Good luck!
MortalWombat
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February 12, 2013
You identify yourself as a "Lib". Why would you be concerned with what "thinking Americans" do?
David Staples
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February 12, 2013
The Tea Party also supports your right to free speech. Are you against that as well?
VFP42
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February 12, 2013
Well thank goodness the Imans are finally the ones exploiting the death of their child for the purpose of keeping America pure. I am still not sure how a guy's immigration status or alcoholism has anything to do with a car crash, but I can at least buy that the Inmans are acting due to their own grief rage and certainly depression if they're still raging 13 years later. They certainly don't see the exploitation in the situation (but SOMEBODY does, of course.. Don't con a con!).

If the immigrant who crashed into the Inmans had stopped at the Rio Grande and signed some papers on his way into the United States country, Justin still would have died in that car crash. That is what happens in car crashes. Millions of American people are maimed annually and around 45,000 American people die in crashes involving cars. You and/or I might die today in a car crash. You don't even need to leave the house to be killed by a car. These things even come barging into living rooms and stores killing people!

The public sees the daily car-nage on the news and gets outraged over immigrants and outraged over guns (or the, um, lack of guns, depending on which way you swing), but nobody can escape their own denial long enough to even CONSIDER that cars are the big problem around here.

If it weren't for cars, would fools have bought McMansions they couldn't afford on property 30 miles from anywhere? No. If people were not able to do buy McMansions in West Cobb East Cobb Polk and Paulding etc, would the Millennium Depression have happened? No.

If we weren't constantly working on roads for our cars, would so many immigrants come here illegally to work on our roads? No.

Do the Inmans see the unfortunate irony that they were themselves driving in a car that help bring Gonzalo Harrell-Gonzalez here to Georiga (for road work)? Hell no they don't.

D-E-N-I-A-L

If you really want illegal immigrants to go away, hang up your car keys.

CARS is a four letter word and we'd all better redneckanize.
Pat H
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February 12, 2013
You are a disgrace. If some traitor hadn't hired that illegal alien, then he would not have had the money to buy a car, buy gas, etc.

The Inmans are legally licensed, trained drivers, who have driven cars most of their lives and have never killed anyone. That is what licensing and insurance and road training is all about - safety for yourself and others.

Illegal aliens only care about themselves and what is good for them - and it is clearly obvious. The illegal workforce today are busy having many children, who frequently have no desire to work, want things for free and become the gangbangers destroying our formerly quiet suburban neighborhoods.
Marie in Marietta
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February 13, 2013
This may be the most malicious, mindless and heartless post I have ever seen here. And that includes that hater, Lib in Cobb. The Inman’s are salt of the Earth people who weep over the loss of their only child due to the fact that the government refuses to enforce immigration laws.

If that illegal alien coward wasn’t allowed into the US, offered a job, given a drivers license by N Carolina and as I hear, released from police custody twice before killing 16 year old Dustin, the Inman’s would likely be grandparents by now and Mrs. Inman wouldn’t be trapped in a wheelchair.

We see here the “love” and appreciation for “humanity” offered up by the nuts on the far left. I have lived too long when I see this smut be allowed to be posted on the newspapers comments section. Trash like this is written by trash who shows us the true attitude of the “loving left”.

I saw something in the paper today from Lisa Cupid about “cry me a river” on illegal immigration and her admitting that illegals take jobs from Black Americans. But that it was OK because the county could get cheaper labor. Maybe this was written by Lisa Cupid?

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