Georgia Illegals March on Capitol: “We Have earned the Right to be Here”


Protesters marched on the Georgia capitol yesterday to protest the new state law, HB 87 which makes it harder for non-citizens to get a job in Georgia. What seems like a perfectly reasonable approach has provoked outrage from many, mostly people who shouldn’t be here in this country. They are breaking the law to be here.

Adelina Nicholls, of the Georgia Latino Alliance has a different message: “They are ready to fight. < snip> We have earned the right to be here.”

Wow, just wow. How have illegal immigrants earned the right to be here? You don’t get the rights of American citizenship just by hopping across the border. Ask the millions of legal immigrants. They followed the law.

Maybe they think making noise with their constant whining will win the day for them:

“These people work very, very hard. They get paid less than the minimum wage; they stay quiet about it because it was their only choice. They come here to work basically. They come here to work,” Gigi Penaflower said.

Supporters of the law say that’s part of the problem. Undocumented workers let businesses get away with lowering wages, leaving no incentive to hire legal residents.

“There are a lot of people out there that are desperate to feed their family. Desperate to put food on the table. People will do just about anything when times are tough,” State Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, said. Under the new law, many businesses will have to check an employee’s ability to work, and it is a felony to falsify documents to try to get around the system. But what some see as fair, others see as discrimination and hate. —

Good heavens. We’ve got a 14 trillion dollar debt and 10% unemployment. Enforce the law. Build the damn fence.

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July 3, 2011 1:37 pm

I don’t have any licenses, but all I want to do is represent people in court and practice medicine. How noble is that? What are my chances?

July 3, 2011 11:02 pm

This is the height of chutzpah. How many of these marchers were illegals? Wouldn’t it have been smart to pick them up there and send them across the border?

July 4, 2011 10:10 am

Sealing the borders would be a good start. Ring of steel, national security reasoning. But the other problems are anchor babies, chain immigration of ‘relatives’ and this unending drumbeat on the impossibility of deporting 20 gazillion illegals. All of it’s doable, but the anchor baby thing will be the hardest legislatively. Constitutional amendment perhaps?

And bob, if you work hard enough at that minimum-wage job, you’ll ‘earn the right’ to your Dr/lawyer license. Working hard is the end-all, be-all, right?