*Update: Dec. 5, 2023: I received a response in a Twitter message from Garrison Douglas, Gov Kemp’s Press Secretary at 4:58 PM today.
That reply directed me to OCGA 50-36-1, which is a code section I have been working on since it was introduced as part of SB 529, the ‘Georgia Security and Immigration Compliance Act of 2006.’ I drafted the first update to that law in HB2 (it’s section 3) in 2009. I worked on this law in 2011 when GA passed HB 87, the “Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011.” I can recite much of the details and requirements in that law from memory.
It is worthy of note that around 11:30 AM today, Dec. 5, I received a call that went to my voicemail from a David Dove in Gov Kemp’s office informing me that I could call him back about the request I had sent to their “comms” office.
I called back multiple times but never got an answer or any voice mail despite the phone ringing about twenty times. I then called the main number for Gov. Kemp’s office (404-656-1776) and spoke to a very nice staffer there. She confirmed that David Dove did in fact work there but she had no phone number or email address for him. I asked her to note that I called. It was quite odd.
I was informed later that David Dove is Gov. Kemp’s Executive Counsel.
I will have much more to say about Gov Kemp’s answer to me very soon. It is posted above as a screenshot from Twitter/X.
Audio of David Dove’s voice mail below.
End of update.
- I had to send a second request as I spelled Mr. Isenhour’s name wrong. Sorry!
At about 11:45 AM today the below request for a comment and response from Gov. Kemp’s office was emailed to Mr. Andrew Iisenhour, Gov. Kemp’s Communications Director. I also emailed it to Gov. Kemp and received a reply from him that it had been received. I also tweeted / X’ed this post to Mr. Garrison Douglas, Gov. Kemp’s Press Secretary.
Focused on illegal immigration in Georgia, I am writing a news/opinion column on the results of passage of SB 379 in the 2022 General Assembly. To insure fairness and accuracy I hope to include a comment from Gov. Kemp’s office.
I see the quote in a Nov. 2022 media release from the governor on the legislation and the HDCI program: “During the 2022 legislative session, Governor Kemp and lawmakers partnered to pass SB 379, representing a historic investment in apprenticeships in Georgia through the HDCI Program. The HDCI Program awards up to $50,000 in funding to Georgia businesses to upskill workers through registered apprenticeships and increase skilled talent within Georgia’s high-demand industries.”
I am hoping for a response to the following request:
Please cite any language or reference to any required verification procedure contained in current laws created by SB 379 that serve to exclude illegal alien employees and employers from participating in and benefiting from the HDCI/apprenticeship program as apprentices, apprenticeship sponsors or apprenticeship employers.
* For clarity and put differently, is there a provision in state law created by 2022’s SB 379 that prevents illegal alien employers and employees similar to the subjects of this press release by the U.S. Attorney in Georgia’s Southern District from accessing the tax-payer-funded apprenticeship program on any level?
If yes, please cite and explain any existing provisions.
Thank you. Please contact me with any questions.