Georgia Governor Signs AZ Copycat Legislation

May 13th, 2011 · 5 Comments

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has signed HB 87 into law today, which is very similar to Arizona’s SB 1070. As CNN reports:

“The measure, which Gov. Nathan Deal inked about a month after it cleared the Republican-dominated Georgia Legislature, allows law enforcement officers to ask about immigration status when questioning suspects in certain criminal investigations.

HB 87 also imposes prison sentences of up to one year and fines of up to $1,000 for people who knowingly transport illegal immigrants during the commission of a crime. It also asserts that workers convicted of using fake identification to get jobs could be sentenced to 15 years in prison and fined $250,000.”

Essentially, Georgia is getting ready to incarcerate more people in the name of immigration enforcement. Imagine fining an undocumented worker who used fraudulent papers $250,000, plus throwing them in jail for up to 15 years. Is this a cost effective way to deal with the problem? I’m not so sure the taxpayers of Georgia want to pay to incarcerate someone who isn’t even a citizen for that long.

To explain the extent that money is a factor in laws like SB 1070, check out this new short film from Cuéntame:

Tags: Immigration

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Anna // May 14, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Don’t drink Coca-Cola. They are headquartered in Atlanta.

    Maybe this will be the impetus to get Latinos to stop drinking unhealthy soda that is full of high fructose corn syrup.

    Coca Cola is bad for you and by buying it you are only supporting policies that allow the police to detain anybody with brown skin and a Spanish surname, citizen or not.

  • 2 Anna // May 15, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Must Read

    “Coca Cola was invented in the United States in 1886 as a medicine, rather than a drink, to stimulate the brain and the nervous system, from a mixture of coca leaves and kola nuts, sweetened with sugar, hence the name Coca Cola. It was not until 1893 that Coca Cola was sold and promoted as a drink. Gradually the cocaine was eliminated, but in order to maintain the stimulant effect caffeine was substituted . . .

    Coca Cola, one of the world’s largest corporations, worth about ninety five billion dollars, owes much of its success to the massive marketing and advertising used to promote the product. It became a corporation early in the twentieth century and immediately began an aggressive advertising campaign throughout the US . . . ”

  • 3 webmaster // May 15, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    I would be most surprised if the immigrant rights community and the larger civil rights orgs could sustain a boycott against Coca Cola. And I’m not so sure that the company took a position on the bill.

    Worth nothing, Coca Cola is listed on the corporate board of advisors for NCLR:

  • 4 Anna // May 15, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    I disagree. Young people are familiar with the brand, and I have already seen social media pages calling for a boycott. You don’t need paid off “leaders” to participate.

    But their advisory position with NCLR explains why some Latino websites erased posts that mentioned a boycott. All of these people are owned. It’s pathetic.

  • 5 webmaster // May 15, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    I too have seen social media calling for a boycott of Coca Cola and even Home Depot, which is based in Georgia. I find it ironic that Home Depot is often a place for undocumented day laborers, but I digress…

    I hope that you are right… boycotting Coke can certainly be accomplished, but it’s going to be hard to get everyone on board. So many people love that corn syrupy elixir. It would be great to see Latino owned restaurants and grocery/corner stores on board as well.

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