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From the Carroll County Star News.
“Is it more irresponsible that moderate Republican Martha Zoller offers up wildly absurd excuses for Kemp’s defiant dereliction of his duty as governor – or that Republican voters remain silent? And how is Republican Kemp any better on illegal immigration than Democrat Joe Biden?
Readers of all descriptions need to know that there is an ignorant attitude and potentially dangerous talking point on illegal immigration circulating under the GOP-ruled Gold Dome and in the Establishment political class. Some elected officials and trusted “conservative” commentators are telling all who will listen that the “don’t worry, it’s not an invasion” invasion at our southern border is “a federal problem.”
Looking back to last session, it is educational to know that multiple bills were passed in the state Senate that would reward and encourage illegal aliens in Georgia.
It is equally important to remember that Georgia is home to more illegals than green card holders and more than Arizona.
When pressed by voters who find the courage to broach the topic with their own elected public servants, many state legislators can be heard responding “there is nothing we can do about illegal immigration on the state or local level!”
This bizarre nonsense should be firmly challenged by voters. To speed that agenda along, while the General Assembly is in session in the coming months there will be specific examples in this space of how treacherous and preposterous this “it’s not our job” attitude really is. As usual, names will be named.
For now, consider the reality that at least one Georgia politician has clearly acknowledged he has the power to address the matter. We should remember all the way back to 2018 when Gov. Kemp was candidate Kemp and recall his campaign ads that led with his solemn promise on what he would do about the crime problem generated by illegal aliens. Kemp promised to go after what he referred to then as “criminal illegals” and to create a public database of that group in Georgia. He pledged to end sanctuary city policies and to work to pass state legislation that would speed up the system that puts illegal aliens into the federal deportation system.
Here are some of Brian Kemp’s exact words from five years ago in describing the promised “Kemp Track and Deport Plan.”
“As governor conservative businessman Brian Kemp will create a comprehensive database to track criminal aliens in Georgia. He will also update Georgia law to streamline deportations from our jails and prisons.”
Brian Kemp’s criminal alien database summary:
On the topic of bizarre nonsense, please also consider the lengths to which at least one Kemp acolyte has gone to concoct an argument for defending the governor, now in his second term.
Republican radio show host explains Kemp’s refusal to honor his 2018 pledge on ‘criminal illegals’
Republican stalwart and influential Gainesville radio show host Martha Zoller (WDUN- 9-11 AM weekdays and online) says illegal immigration has increased so much that Brian Kemp had to abandon his campaign promises on “criminal illegals” and ending sanctuary cities in Georgia. She has promoted this idea more than once on the air and says discussing Kemp’s betrayal is “wasting time.”
Zoller, a Kemp appointee to the state school board, has repeatedly expressed her irritation on-air with this writer for failing to forget Gov Brian Kemp’s many detailed promises on addressing “criminal illegals.” A former Kemp staffer, she says “he had to change his tactics” (because there are so many illegals). She has promoted this idea more than once on the air and says discussing Kemp’s betrayal is “wasting time.”
For those who need a recap, Talker’s Magazine 2023 Woman of The Year Martha Zoller is advising her trusting audience that Biden’s open borders have apparently made ending illegal sanctuary policies in Georgia, creating a public database of “criminal illegals” and sending legislation (“Brian Kemp’s Track and Deport Plan“) to the General Assembly an outdated, non-priority concept.
Sanctuary city policies are already illegal under at least two state laws. Georgia’s governor is not enforcing them.
So, closing questions: Is it more irresponsible that moderate Republican Martha Zoller offers up wildly absurd excuses for Kemp’s defiant dereliction of his duty as governor – or that Republican voters remain silent? And how is Republican Kemp any better on illegal immigration than Democrat Joe Biden?
The above column was published in the November 13, 2023 issue of the Carroll County Star News.
Panel on ‘barriers’ to foreign-born solicits one-sided presentations
by D.A. King l August 25, 2021
“We have outdated barriers and regulations that are preventing people from contributing to the economy. Foreign-born people who worked with the U.S. military in Afghanistan in the military security system who can’t be police officers in their own community in Georgia because we have restrictive regulations in Georgia” was part of Lynch’s presentation.”… Here.
House committee on ‘barriers’ skips transparency, continues one-sided agenda
by D.A. King I Sept. 16, 2021
“The day’s recurring theme and complaints from some solicited witnesses was that Georgia’s purported over-regulation of the “foreign-born” reduces profits. Apparently, Georgia is over doing it in insuring qualified personnel for occupational licensing. As this writer mentioned last month in a report on the first committee meeting, there was a calculated effort to confuse foreign-born Americans and non-citizens.”
On his home turf, committee member Rep Kasey Carpenter (R- Dalton) injected his own view that that “licensing should become less and less important because the consumers are actually able to assess the, the, the, the individual.”… Here.
Solicited witnesses to House committee: Expand state government; relax immigration verification, reduce tuition for illegal aliens…
by D.A. King | Nov 3, 2021
“Proposals that will interest voters but omitted from scant media coverage of the committee agenda include a repeat of the call for changing state law so as to allow foreign law enforcement officers, international occupational licensing reciprocity along with yet another push to “relax” immigration status verification in Georgia’s occupational licensing process.
See also granting refugees “in-state” status for tuition purposes upon arrival. No waiting period.
Another change put forth by the “expert witnesses” was reducing the educational period to become a medical doctor by two years, student loan forgiveness for foreign medical students and “relaxing the immigration issues for foreign medical graduates.”… Here.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp made several clear and detailed promises as a candidate in 2018 on what he would do in Georgia regarding what he called “criminal illegals.” He kept none of them. So, much like moderate Republican and Kemp acolyte radio show host Martha Zoller, the Republican Governor’s Association had to feature “the border” to check the immigration box for semi-aware republican voters in 2021.
Kemp in 2018:
RGA on Kemp in 2021:
The below column on the priorities in the U.S regarding veterans and illegal aliens was originally published in Washington Times newspaper in 2006. Yes, seventeen years ago. As it appears not much has changed at the Veteran’s Administration on this topic since then, we post it with updated links as “rerun” commentary on illegal immigration with the reminder that public silence is public consent. – dak
By D.A. King, (Washington Times, February 26, 2006)
In 1966 my friend Fred was sent to Vietnam and survived a year as a door gunner on a U. S. Army “Huey” helicopter gunship. You won’t hear it from him, so I will tell you that Fred had one of the most dangerous jobs possible in that long ago and divisive war. While Fred’s ships went down more than ten times in action, he came home without a scratch.
Welcome home Fred Dague – and thank you.
Unlike Fred, in 1970, after observing my 18th birthday in Marine Corps boot camp, I was fortunate enough to draw duty in sunny southern California.
We both kept our promises to our nation.
Like our fathers, as young recruits, both Fred and I were promised lifetime no-cost medical care by our government as a benefit of our service.
We are learning that this is not our father’s America.
As “50 somethings,” Fred and I have both applied to the Veteran’s Administration for those promised medical benefits. In 2004, both of our applications for that promised free health care were denied.
The response from the VA reads in part: “Each year, the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs determines which priority groups will be enrolled in the VA health system, you are not eligible for enrollment or VA health care for most conditions.”
Fred and I have been placed in the “Priority Group 8g” which means that we applied after January 2003, earned over $31,000 last year, and have no service related ailments — thereby disqualifying us for the free medical care we were promised as young men.
Priority Groups are the result of the federal government’s budgetary priorities. Veterans without service-connected health problems are now held up to a means test to determine eligibility for VA medical benefits. For now, we can both make do without the promised care, but many of the approximately 200,000 other category 8g veterans cannot.
So much for the promise. So much for priorities.
For Fred, myself and the other vets who are denied or offered limited medical care from our government, these priorities are difficult to accept while we watch millions of illegal aliens not only demanding, but receiving taxpayer funded free medical care at American emergency rooms and clinics.
There is no “means test” for the free health care provided for anyone – from anywhere in the world – who can illegally cross our intentionally unsecured borders (or overstay a temporary visa) and get within 250 yards of an American emergency room. It’s the law.
The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act of 1985 (EMTALA) is a law that is vigorously enforced.
We are taxpayers, Fred and I, so to us, it is a little more than ironic that as veterans, we are paying for health care for millions of illegal aliens while we are not eligible for that same promised free care from our own Veterans Administration.
The Medicare Prescription Drug Modernization Act of 2003 included one billion dollars to help reimburse American hospitals for the federally mandated health care that they must provide to illegal aliens. It included nothing to help Priority Group 8g veterans.
Because illegals and their criminal employers seem to have a better lobby than American vets in Washington, our nation is keeping the promise to the illegal aliens.
This definitely is not our father’s America. We are no longer certain it is our America.
With millions of illegal aliens pouring into our republic each year and tens of thousands of brave young American troops defending borders all over the world, we cannot help but question which of the promises being made to our future vets will be kept.
The same people who have decided which promises to keep have also made a decision on which of our laws are enforced. Not that anyone asked, but if it is a matter of priorities, in our search for a better life, Fred and I would much rather see the laws that apply to border security and illegal immigration enforced and the VA Priority Groups ignored.
If it is a matter of priorities.
Mr. King is president of the Dustin Inman Society, a Georgia-based coalition of citizens dedicated to educating the public on the consequences of illegal immigration.
On the Web: https://newdustininmansociety.org
The above column was also published in the November 13, 2023 edition of the Glynn Co. (GA) newspaper, The Islander.
The below reply and follow up was received from Rep Martin Dec. 5, 2023 at 8:00 AM.
The original request is here.
To my reading and the reading of others with whom I have consulted, SB 379 via definitions, particularly in lines 19 – 33, requires the participant (“Apprentice”) and the employer (“Apprenticeship sponsor”) to be registered in Georgia and with the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship. Further, *a bulletin from the Office of Apprenticeship explains in part, “all individuals who are eligible to work in the U.S. are afforded an opportunity to participate and complete a RAP [registered apprenticeship program].”
Additionally, lines 52 – 55 outline employer application, providing another layer in assuring compliance with all applicable Georgia Law and Federal Law.
In sponsoring the legislation in the House in my role as Higher Education Chair, I relied on Senator Strickland’s statement that SB 379 stacks on underlying Georgia and Federal Law as outlined above.
Rep. Chuck Martin.
Note: In my own reply to this response I asked Rep Martin for the title and date of the *U.S. DOL bulletin he cited and he was kind enough to send me this bulletin, (which I had already found and read). I am grateful to Rep Martin.
Contact info for the Georgia delegation in Washington DC here. Just click on their name.