I close with an experienced warning to anyone judged to be too successful in advocating for honoring real immigrants by enforcing our immigration laws: You will be labeled as “anti-immigrant” and a “hater” by the integrity-free, anti-enforcement lobby.
The below guest column was published in today’s Dalton Daily Citizen-News
(Editor’s note: This is a response to Jaime Rangel’s column in the May 5 edition of the Daily Citizen-News.)
By D.A. King
In today’s America, it is easier to understand the debate on the raging illegal immigration crisis if people consider that there are essentially two general attitudes on the issue: Pro-enforcement and anti-enforcement. And realize that illegal immigration is mostly caused by rampant illegal employment.
This weary writer has been fighting the pro-enforcement battle in the Georgia Capitol since 2003. With a hope of educating readers, I take note here of the anti-enforcement guest column in this space last Sunday from Dalton’s Jaime Rangel.
I also respectfully note that no matter who created the headline on Rangel’s column, (“Session is over, but the fight for Georgia immigrants is not”) it serves as an inaccurate, thoughtless smear and base insult to the millions of real immigrants — like my adopted sister — who joined the American family according to our very liberal immigration laws.
The battle over immigration enforcement in America is not about “immigrants,” it is a question of whether or not we are going to end illegal immigration and tell the world that illegal aliens are not going to be treated the same as legal residents. And that we are never going to repeat the “one-time” immigration amnesty of 1986.
For folks who have a difficult time discerning the difference between illegal aliens and immigrants, it helps to remember that because they are here lawfully, immigrants do not require amnesty. And that immigrants are already on a path to citizenship.
It should shock readers to know that according to the left-leaning Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, Georgia is home to more illegal aliens than green card holders. And more than Arizona.
Jaime Rangel is, by law, an illegal alien. This is an accurate legal term used in state law, federal law, by the U.S. Supreme Court (including by Justice Sonia Sotomayor), the IRS, multiple presidential executive orders and law enforcement professionals.
While we may have a certain amount of sympathy for anyone who was brought over our borders illegally by his parents as a child, dressing up illegal status with the attempt to hide behind the term “dreamer” created by the corporate-funded and far-left illegal alien lobby does not change reality.
Rangel is a paid lobbyist who works under the Gold Dome against any legislation designed to make life more difficult for illegal aliens and illegal employers. Put another way, in 21st century, Republican-ruled Georgia we have illegal aliens lobbying for illegal aliens and against enforcement — or too much information on the cost of illegal immigration being shared with Georgia taxpayers.