Dual enrollment program and Georgia’s driver’s licenses – reform needed

Opinion

The below essay was written by D.A. King, president of the Dustin Inman Society

 

Dual enrollment program and Georgia’s driver’s licenses – reform
needed

Are illegal aliens are getting no-cost taxpayer-funded college seats?

D.A. King

More attention should be paid to Georgia’s “dual enrollment” program, related legislation
and the very real possibility that illegal aliens in high school are taking seats in the
university system while avoiding the verification process for “lawful presence” through
which the rest of the college applicants are supposed to be screened.
If we understand it correctly, high school students are taking state-funded college seats –
with no cost to the student.

The SAVE program is the default federal tool in state law (OCGA 50-36-1) used to verify
eligibility of foreign nationals for a host of Public Benefits. Post-secondary education is
exempted from the verification mandate but USG implemented policy to verify “lawful
presence” and the use of the SAVE program in 2010.

Covering legislation dealing with proposed changes to the system, in a recent “What to
know about Georgia’s dual enrollment bill” the AJC reports that “supporters of the bill say
the program’s costs have skyrocketed in recent years and  changes are necessary  to make it
sustainable. About 52,000 students are currently enrolled in the program.”

Line 52 of the pending HB 444 defines an “eligible student” for dual enrollment but we don’t
see any language that would exclude illegal aliens or that requires any verification process.
Before final action is taken on the bill, more questions should be asked.

Where in the law and the legislation does the dual enrollment system exclude illegal aliens
from the very costly program? Where is language that requires USG to use their in-place
verification system for dual enrollment students?

Maybe it is already policy, but putting a verification requirement into dual enrollment law
should be considered the belt to go with any USG policy suspenders. Maybe the AJC will do
an “everything you need to know” expansion piece on this.

If these students are indeed “undocumented” how can USG verify “lawful presence”?
USG provides answers on how not to verify “lawful presence”
USG (correctly) does not accept the Department of Driver’s Services ‘LIMITED TERM
driver’s license as verification of lawful presence for purposes of admission and/or
determining eligibility for instate tuition.

For the unaware, because the feds have issued work permits (EADs) and SSNs to them,
Georgia issues the exact same ID and driving credentials to illegal aliens with deferred
action on deportation (and several other “you can stay for awhile” categories of illegal
aliens) that is issued to real immigrants (green card holders) and temporary visas holders
who did obey federal immigration law. Repeat: the identical credential.

Because they are REAL ID Act compliant, these credentials are used to board airliners,
purchase explosives and as admittance to federal buildings.

Several other states including Michigan, South Carolina and even California have systems in
place that create a separate non-REAL ID Act compliant credential. The Republican-ruled
Georgia state senate passed legislation in 2016 that mandated a new and additional,
separate design. That bill never saw a hearing in the Republican House.

It should be noted that the REAL ID Act – Section 202, (2)(B) – dictates that deferred action
on deportation is “evidence of legal status” – for purposes of driver’s licenses/ID issuance
only. The REAL ID Act does not require states to issue credentials to anyone.
The below from page 17 of the University System of Georgia Manual for Determining
Tuition Classification And Awarding Out-of-State Tuition Waivers.

SYSTEMATIC ALIEN VERIFICATION FOR ENTITLEMENTS (SAVE) PROGRAM

In some cases, it will not be possible to verify the lawful presence of a non-citizen student using
the typical options provided on the USG Verification of Lawful Presence Chart, such as
verifying using a U.S. birth certificate, Georgia driver’s license (not limited term), U.S.
citizenship paperwork, or based on the student’s confirmed eligibility for federal student aid. In
those cases, it may be necessary to use a program provided by the Department of Homeland
Security called the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements program, or SAVE…” Bold
emphasis mine.

USG is admitting that the ‘LIMITED TERM’ driver’s licenses issued by DDS are not reliable
indicator of who is and who isn’t an illegal alien.
It’s time to reform the dual enrollment program and the system for issuing driving and ID
credentials in Georgia.

D.A. King is president of the Dustin Inman Society.

Governor Brian Kemp and his “do not call me” policy

Opinion

Image credit: The Hill, via the Dustin Inman Society.

This essay was written by D.A. King, president, the Dustin Inman Society and is special
to Fetch Your News.

D.A. King

Regardless of party of politics, Georgians should at least note that Gov. Kemp has
implemented a “do not call my office” policy. As has been tradition for decades,
including this writer, numerous and now quite angry Georgians have called the state
Chief Executive’s office (404-656-1776) in the last few weeks with comments and
opinions on various issues such as taking in more refugees, 2 nd amendment rights
and inaction on crimes committed by illegal aliens only to be told that their opinion
and comments would not be tracked or registered unless they used an online
contact form.

From one acquaintance to us in a Friday email: “I just called and was told “in order
for your comment to be documented, . . . go to the web site.”. I pointed out that he is
distancing himself from the voter and got the same reply. With this, on top of
everything else he either has or hasn’t done, he has lost my vote.”
Another friend called and tells us she was received this reaction “the receptionist
told me we have to mail an outside letter or fill out an online form.  They are not
taking messages nor tallying calls.”

One complaint came to us from a senior citizen voter who does not own a computer.
Under current policy, she will need to purchase one and learn to use it to
communicate with her governor.

This new “let them use them fill out another form, don’t call me – and I won’t call
you” from a governor who only squeaked into office only about a year ago reeks
with arrogance and mismanagement.

Having been a reluctant and active denizen of Georgia’s state Capitol since 2004, I
can assure those who don’t suffer that duty that the number one activity that gets
the immediate and full attention of the elected officials there is an organized group
of voters who actually drive to Atlanta and go into the Gold-Domed beehive during
legislative session.

The number two most effective way to get their attention is to ring their telephones
– this includes phones in the governor’s office, where the phone number is and has
been 404-656-1776.

Constantly ringing phones with voters on the other end is a signal that something
has become “an issue” that must be managed, if not actually dealt with.
Until last week, the governor’s office had gone so far as to remove his office phone
number (404-656-1776) from the official online contact page. It has recently been
restored after complaints – one from this writer.

Thanks to the magic of the Way Back Machine internet archive , here is a link from
the recent past – Dec 5, 2019 – that illustrates the chief executive’s online contact
page without the phone number. Here is a link to the contact page from March 31,
2019 – no 404-656-1776 phone number.
Internet contact form: Yes. Voice mail: No.

We also note that there as of this writing on January 19, there is no voice mail on
the governor’s 404-656-1776 lines. If you don’t call during business hours, you are
still unable to leave a message for the governor.

Readers who are willing to accept this latest restrictive rule on contacting his
governorship should do nothing – and simply wait to see what restriction he puts on
us next.

Readers who are of the opinion that having your phoned-in opinions and comments
delivered by staffers to the governor is not only reasonable but represents good
government may want to call his office and say as much. That has been the working
tradition for decades.

The governor’s office phone number is 404-656-1776.

dak

Stacey Abrams’ New Georgia Project: “Keep ICE out of our communities”

Opinion, Politics

BY

Front of postcard distributed at Oct. 2, 2019 Gwinnett County, GA anti-287(g) forum. Image scanned from New Georgia Project postcard.

“End detainment and deportations.” “ICE out of Gwinnett.”

Stacey Abrams seems to have clarified her position on illegal immigration and enforcement. Her ‘New Georgia Project’ distributed pre-addressed, information-gathering post cards featuring the demand to “keep ICE out of our communities” at an anti-enforcement forum in Georgia’s Gwinnett County last week.

 

 

 

In a state with more illegal aliens than green card holders and more than Arizona, Gwinnett County is home to about 71,000 illegal aliens, or about 8% of the metro-Atlanta county’s total population according to stats from the Migration Policy Institute on the effects of immigration enforcement contained in a 2018 report from the leftist The Guardian.com.

The October 2 event was organized by several  militant extremist, anti-287(g) groups including the ‘Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights’ and the ‘Project South Institute for the Elimination of Poverty and Genocide’  to create opposition to the decade-old 287(g) agreement Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway has with ICE. Event organizers were surprised with the attendance and participation of pro-enforcement Americans after IAG and the Dustin Inman Society made the meeting in a public library known outside of the anti-enforcement circle. Several people on the pro-American side sent us photos and the post cards from Abram’s New Georgia Project.

Abrams, runner-up in the 2018 Georgia governor’s race,  has partnered here with groups (“communities in resistance”) that use banners and t-shirts to disparage immigration enforcement officers with the foreign language slang term “chinga la migra”

GLAHR t-shirt photographed at Oct 2, anti-287(g) event. Special to IPG.

“Keep immigrant families safe”

As is now the default propaganda tool for the corporate-funded anti-borders mob and much of the media, use of the term “immigrants” is substituted for any reference to the fact that the support is aimed at and intended for illegal aliens.

Readers of all pronouns can see the reverse side of Abrams’ New Georgia Project postcard below.

Reverse side of the New Georgia Project post cards. Image from scan.

Despite state law, Georgia Department of Public Safety not 287(g) authorized

Opinion, State & National

By: D.A. King

State law requires DPS agreement with ICE and ten officers to be trained annually

Image: GA DPS

Updated in 2011, Georgia law requires the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to negotiate an agreement with ICE to be 287(g) authorized and to designate no fewer than ten peace officers to be trained for the program – every year.

For the unaware, 287(g) is a federal program that allows certain local or state law enforcement officers to act as immigration agents on a limited basis.

Despite the law (HB87) passed by the General Assembly and signed by then Governor Nathan Deal, DPS is not on the list of law enforcement agencies that are 287(g) “Participating Entities” with ICE. “As of July 2019, ICE has 287(g)… agreements with 79 law enforcement agencies in 21 states,” we are told – but not with DPS.

DPS did have an ICE agreement (MOA) but it was canceled when the re-elected Obama administration scaled back the program at the end of 2012. But, DPS could easily have reapplied after Obama left office. See the letter response from DPS the commissioner to a curious then state senator here.

ICE is open for business on 287(g) now and has been since January 2017

As one of his first acts after being sworn in to office, President Trump issued an Executive Order titled ‘Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States’ in which he made it clear that the 287(g) program was high on his priority list to attack the nation’s illegal immigration crisis.

“By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) (8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq.), and in order to ensure the public safety of the American people in communities across the United States as well as to ensure that our Nation’s immigration laws are faithfully executed, I hereby declare the policy of the executive branch to be, and order, as follows:… “The purpose of this order is to direct executive departments and agencies (agencies) to employ all lawful means to enforce the immigration laws of the United States.”

The president’s Executive Order had 17 sections. Because the Nathan Deal administration ignored it, people in the current executive branch of Georgia state government may want to pay extra attention to Section 8, which reads in part:

“Federal-State Agreements. It is the policy of the executive branch to empower State and local law enforcement agencies across the country to perform the functions of an immigration officer in the interior of the United States to the maximum extent permitted by law.”

“In furtherance of this policy, the Secretary shall immediately take appropriate action to engage with the Governors of the States, as well as local officials, for the purpose of preparing to enter into agreements under section 287(g) of the INA (8 U.S.C. 1357(g))….”

The Executive Order can be read in its entirety here and the accompanying memorandum signed by then DHS Secretary John Kelly that implements the Trump EO can be read here.

The 287(g) program has different ‘models’ – one for use inside jails, (the Jail Enforcement Model) another more narrow arrangement called “Warrant Service Officer Model”- and one for use by law enforcement who are carrying out their normal duties outside jails – think of it as a “street model – formally known as the “Task Force Model.” Readers who want more information on the details can see here.

Georgia’s DPS had the Task Force model. I am informed by ICE that currently there are no Task Force model agreements in place. DPS can change that fact.

There appears to be no reason for DPS not making a valid attempt to regain the 287(g) authority it is mandated to have in place by re-applying to ICE.

We sent an open records request to DPS asking for copies of any such application and received a negative reply.

 

I also sent a detailed formal media request for comment for this write-up to DPS and got back only “we are in receipt of your request” but as of this writing (July 23, noon-ish) have not received any comment, explanation or denial of our assumption that DPS is in violation of state law. If this is not the case, we are anxious to hear why.

Image: The Hill

In a state with more illegal aliens than green card holders, we are even more anxious to hear from Governor Brian Kemp (404-656-1776) about why – law or no law – DPS is apparently not taking advantage of the clear 287(g) expansion push from President Trump to enhance public safety.

And how this fits in with Kemp’s “Big Truck” campaign pledge on the crime of illegal immigration.

 

We expect that once educated, pro-enforcement voters will be equally curious.

MSM seems to have missed this story.

 

D.A. King is president of the Marietta-based Dustin Inman Society

 

Gov Kemp Appoints Replacement Insurance Commissioner with Ties to Anti-enforcement Immigration Lobbying Group, GALEO

Politics, State & National

By: D.A. King

Last week, Georgia Republican Governor, Brian Kemp, announced his appointment of a metro-Atlanta police chief, John King, to be the replacement for the now-suspended elected Insurance Commissioner, Jim Beck. In Georgia, Insurance Commissioner is a statewide, constitutional office.

Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of the corporate-funded, anti-enforcement lobbyist group, GALEO, was quick to send out a media release praising the “historic” appointment and boasting that King had assisted the activist group as keynote speaker at a GALEO breakfast fundraiser several years ago.

“Congrats to Chief King, close friend of @GALEOorg !” was the much-repeated celebratory post on the GALEO Facebook page.

Kemp’s Insurance Commissioner appointee has no background or experience in the insurance industry.

Kemp’s appointment of the GALEO-connected police chief to Insurance Commissioner comes as a shock to many Republican voters in the state. Georgia’s conservative U.S. Senator David Perdue stopped the Obama nomination of a one-time GALEO board member, Dax Lopez, to a federal bench seat in 2016 because of his concern with the GALEO relationship.

DeKalb State Court Judge Dax Lopez. Image: Daily Signal

Perhaps unknown to most Republican voters, in addition to marching in the streets of Atlanta against enforcement of existing federal laws on immigration, GALEO and its director are well-known in the state Capitol for lobbying against state legislation aimed at reporting criminal aliens to federal authorities and establish an official database of illegal aliens serving time in the state’s prison system.

 

GALEO lobbies against voter ID, official English and local jails honoring ICE detainers. Executive Director Gonzalez is known to verbally attack female legislators when he does not approve of speeches or positions on illegal immigration. In 2011, Gonzalez posted this angry explanation of being asked to leave the Georgia Capitol when he lashed out at state Senator Renee Unterman for a speech she made on the floor of the senate.

GALEO online poster opposing 2018 legislation to improve reporting of illegal aliens to federal authorities

 

State rep. Katie Dempsey. Image: Georgia General Assembly

In 2011, GALEO’s Gonzalez was escorted out of a Rome, Georgia luncheon that featured a panel discussion on immigration when he began yelling at diminutive state Rep Katie Dempsey as reported by the Rome News Tribune.

 

Gonzalez is a former lobbyist for the radical MALDEF corporation. GALEO founder, former state Senator Sam Zamarippa was a MALDEF board member. MALDEF founder Mario Obledo is best remembered for his promise that “California is going to become a Hispanic state and if anyone doesn’t like it they should leave. They ought to go back to Europe” on the Tom Likus radio show in 1998.

 

According to the left-leaning Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, Georgia is home to more illegal aliens than green card holders.

Kemp ran on a platform that included his now famous “I got a big truck, just in case I need to round up criminal illegals and take ’em home myself,”

Kemp and a GALEO fundraiser – Advice from a liberal AJC political blogger 

Republicans are learning that before he was elected governor, then Secretary of State Brian Kemp also gave GALEO a fundraising boost when he attended the annual GALEO Power Breakfast fundraiser in 2015.

On GALEO, the liberal AJC political blogger informed readers today  that the Republicans will need to court the illegal alien lobby group as a necessary first step to “court Hispanic votes in the future” which ignores thirty years of election results since the Republican immigration amnesty of 1986.

All this creates a simple question: Does appointee John King agree with the GALEO agenda? He is due to be sworn in in the next few weeks, somebody should ask.

Governor Brian Kemp’s office can be reached at 404-656-1776 and Brian.Kemp@georgia.gov 

 

D.A. King is president of the Marietta-based Dustin Inman Society

DA King and Immigration 3/23/16

Politics

DA King speaks on Immigration and the use of the word as well as Senate Resolution 675 to make English Georgia’s Official Language and Senate Bill 6 to regulate Driver’s Licenses with Immigrants.

You can find DA Kings website for updates and the email.

Contact Speaker Ralston:

  • Capitol Address
  • 404.656.5020 – Office
  • District Address
  • 706.632.2221 – Office

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