My friend Martha Zoller mentioned my response (see bottom of this post) to a tweet she made on the air. So I called in, which I seldom do. But I am always happy to be a guest.
Audio link 10:36 ( I think a very short segment is missing in the audio).
The Martha Zoller Show on WDUN-AM May 18, 2022.
I found the podcast here.
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May 18, 2022 (GA Primary Day is May 24)
Radio Announcer: (00:00)
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Secretary Mayorkas: (00:01)
We have a multi-pronged approach to what is a very dynamic situation. We are addressing it across the Department of Homeland Security, across the federal government with our state and local partners, and with our partners and allies south of our border.
Host Martha Zoller: (00:31)
It is The Martha Zoller Show. And look, um, that is Secretary Mayorkas, who continues to be tone-deaf about the issue on the border. And, uh, I know that I got a message from DA King earlier today that there’s still time to talk about passing a law to say we should enforce the laws. Well, I, I, I… you know. And I don’t care whether a politician promised to do that or not, okay? I’m just telling you what I say is that we shouldn’t have to pass a law to say we’re going to enforce the law.
Host Martha Zoller: (01:01)
We should enforce the laws or change them, and that’s a quote that I got from, uh, then-Congressman Nathan Deal. Uh, we need to enforce the laws or change them, and I… uh, you know. A- anybody that can look at this illegal immigration situation in America and not see, one, it’s drastically changed in the last 22 months or in the last… Let’s… How many months is it? 18 months. Um, two, that because of that change, that how we’re approaching it is changing, but three, now every network is acknowledging that there are people coming across the border that are being bused to airports and being sent to cities all over the country.
Host Martha Zoller: (01:46)
Now, I have been told multiple times they’re not coming into Gainesville, but we don’t know if they’re not being flown into Atlanta and then coming into Gainesville. And again, these are people that are clearly coming here illegally. They do not have a visa and they are waiting to go back for some kind of hearing to find out if they can stay, so they’re not legal in any sense of the word. They’re just waiting to be processed, and I know a lot of you cringe when you talk about legal or illegal.
Host Martha Zoller: (02:15)
I mean no disrespect to any human being, but your status is legal or illegal. I… If I go to a foreign country on vacation, I have to have a passport to show that I am a United States citizen. In some countries, I have to have a visa to get into that country. In other countries, I don’t, but I have to follow the laws of that country to be able to go into that country and it ought to be the same here. So to DA, who I consider to be a dear, a dear friend who I’ve known for a very long time, I think this is how we have to approach this and this isn’t…
Host Martha Zoller: (02:51)
I don’t care if this is what Brian Kemp said or David Perdue, or Donald Trump or Joe Biden. Here’s what Martha Zoller says. We’ve got to, one, secure the border. If.. We’ve got to get back to where we know who’s coming and where they’re coming in, period. Number one, you got to secure the border. Then, we have got to take, um… We have got to reduce the total number of green cards from about 1.1 million down to about 700,000. We need to for… on an annual basis. We need to take those 400,000 green cards every year and clear out the backlog of people who are waiting.
Host Martha Zoller: (03:30)
We have got problems on the legal side and on the illegal side, but the beginning point of all of this is securing the border. And also, to your point, DA, holding up the laws of the land and enforcing the laws that we have. We’ve got a lot to do over this and we’re going to keep talking about it right here on The Martha Zoller Show.”
A few minutes later in the show:
Host Martha Zoller: (00:03)
Thank you so much. We’re gonna take a break, and I think D.A. King might be callin’ in to take me to task on some things I said about immigration. We’ll be back.
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Host Martha Zoller: (00:25)
It is the Martha Zoller Show. So we don’t know, still, how the Pennsylvania primary went, uh, but, uh, we know that people are going to vote in Georgia. You can join us on the phones at 770-535-2911 and D.A. King, how are you?
D.A. King: (00:41)
I’m fine, Martha. Thank you. I hope you are.
Host Martha Zoller: (00:45)
I’m doing great. So, what’s on your mind today?
D.A. King: (00:47)
Well, I, I listen to your show as often as, as possible here in Marietta and I happen to be listening a little while ago when you mentioned a response to a Tweet that I had made and I wanted to kind of clarify, um, what I was talking about and make it clear to people that when we talk about enforcement of the law as related to the Governor’s race, I was specifically referring to the very detailed repeated promises that candidate for Governor Brian Kemp made in 2018 and what he would do here in Georgia. And my, my efforts here, uh, shouldn’t be confused, respectfully, with, with what’s going on at the border when the Governor as a candidate made very, again, specific promises about what he would do and he’s done-
Host Martha Zoller: (01:33)
So, and I’m glad-
D.A. King: (01:33)
… none of them.
Host Martha Zoller: (01:34)
I’m glad you, I’m glad you called because, because, um, don’t you thi- ’cause I think what has happened at the border… First of all, a few months into his governorship, a year into his governorship we had COVID and, um, then that kinda upended everything, then, um, Biden got into office and the whole border situation blew up. So, you don’t believe that the crisis on the border has, has altered things to where somebody… You know, because when you ask the Governor, ’cause I’ve asked the Governor every time he’s come on about that, and he says, well, he lists off all these things related to illegal immigration. So, you, even though it was a specific promise, and I get that, okay, I get that. You don’t think anything that’s happened since changes the way you might approach it?
D.A. King: (02:24)
Uh, uh, it would, it should in, with, with a-a-any logic, Martha, respectfully, it should redouble his efforts to at least make an effort to keep his promises about what he would do here in Georgia. Now the Governor didn’t run, just give me a minute, he, he didn’t run on promising to crack down on illegal employment, which is the main driver of illegal immigration. He said nothing about the e-verify laws in this state that I, uh, personally work very hard on for 15 years, not being enforced. But, um, what, what he did say, uh, he was all about criminal illegals. His words. Um, there’s laws on the books that I’ve worked with state legislatures with for 15 years to get there that say very clearly that all jailers, this is just one example, are required to check immigration status using reasonable effort of all incoming prisoners and report illegals to the feds.
D.A. King: (03:18)
You’ve got the Gwinnett County Sheriff on record the day he was sworn in promising, swearing, that he will never do what that law requires that I just mentioned. We don’t have a governor now that has sent his Attorney General to investigate the Sheriff of Gwinnett County and similar in Cobb County who ran on getting rid of enforcement cooperation with, with ICE regardless of what the state law says. I can go on, but this isn’t about the border. If we have more illegals, we should have more effort, um, from your executive branch here in the State of Georgia. And Brian Kemp is a failure on that because of his refusal to recognize or even honor and mention his 2018 promises. Those are my gripes.
Host Martha Zoller: (03:57)
No, and I, hey, I hear you and I have great respect for you, you know that. We don’t agree on everything. Um, I’m so frustrated in general because we continue to not be able to make any progress. I mean, one of the things that Senator Perdue did while he was Senator when he introduced the RAISE Act, uh, along with Senator Tom Cotton, that, you know, there, there’s just so many problems with, with immigration, in the policy, in the, the ICE is, is consi- uh, more concerned with fiance visas than they are about the hundreds of thousands of people that are crossing the border every day, I mean every month. So, I, I agree. There’s plenty of things we can talk about here and, and I wanted to give you the opportunity to make your case.
D.A. King: (04:40)
I, I, I appreciate it. Um, in case people forget, I put up the Governor Brian Kemp’s as a candidate very first TV ad from 2018, uh, put it on my personal Facebook page. Most people are, I’m gonna make it public so people can be reminded, but, uh, we shouldn’t mix the context, and sometimes I think-
Host Martha Zoller: (05:00)
I get it.
D.A. King: (05:00)
… it’s done intentionally. It’s not the border.
Host Martha Zoller: (05:02)
I get it.
D.A. King: (05:03)
It’s, it’s here in Georgia. Thank you, Martha.
Host Martha Zoller: (05:05)
I appreciate it D.A. Thank you very much. And, look, I hear him and I think D.A. is an honest arbiter of the issues that he has. I personally believe that this, this border situation becomes something that needs to be fixed before we can almost do anything else, but I will ac- I will cede to D.A. that being sure the laws we already have on the books in Georgia are being enforced, and there being penalties for people who do not enforce them should be there. And I gotta look into what the Sheriff’s responsibility is. Like, does the state have some sort of, um, you know, uh, say so over a Sheriff that says he’s not gonna enforce certain laws? And is it like with the State Board of Education, for example, that if you have a, a state, uh, board like the problems at DeKalb County right now, or, uh, way at, the very extreme things in Clayton County a number of years ago where, where the board was taken over. Uh, also that happened at DeKalb County a number of years ago. Is there that kind of relationship?
Host Martha Zoller: (06:07)
And I don’t know the answer to that question. So, I’m gonna try to get the answer to that question to find out if there is a Sheriff that says, “Hey, we’re not gonna do certain things, um, we’re not gonna do certain things.” Can the state come in and make them enforce state law? I don’t know. So, I need to get the answer to that question.
Host Martha Zoller: (06:27)
You can join us on the phones at 770-535-2911. Uh, there is l-lots more that we’re gonna be talking about. And we are gonna be doing some closing arguments. All the Lieutenant Governor candidates.