published Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

6 young illegal immigrants arrested in Georgia protest

A protester blocks a street during a rally protesting Georgia's new immigration law on the Capitol steps Monday, June 28, 2011 in Atlanta. Six young illegal immigrants were arrested after they sat down in an intersection next to the Georgia Capitol blocking traffic to protest state policies targeting illegal immigration. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
A protester blocks a street during a rally protesting Georgia's new immigration law on the Capitol steps Monday, June 28, 2011 in Atlanta. Six young illegal immigrants were arrested after they sat down in an intersection next to the Georgia Capitol blocking traffic to protest state policies targeting illegal immigration. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press

ATLANTA — Six young illegal immigrants were arrested Tuesday after they sat down and blocked traffic near the Georgia state Capitol to publicly declare their status and to protest state policies targeting people who are in the U.S. illegally, the latest in a string of such "coming out" events in Georgia and other parts of the country.

The young people were protesting a policy that bars Georgia's most competitive state colleges and universities from accepting illegal immigrants and they were opposing strict new state legislation. A federal judge on Monday blocked two key provisions of that law. The young people, who decided to risk arrest and deportation for their protest, say that's not enough.

Federal judges have now blocked parts of similar laws in Arizona, Utah, Indiana and Georgia from taking effect. Civil liberties groups have pledged to sue to block others in Alabama and South Carolina.

"It's time to stand up and let the world know that we need to fight for what we believe in," said Nataly Ibarra, a 16-year-old high school student.

Four of the young people arrested are high school students, one is a recent high school graduate and one is a 24-year-old college graduate. All six face charges of reckless conduct, obstructing law enforcement and obstructing the street. The three who are under 18 were to be released to their parents. Two 18-year-olds and the 24-year-old were set to be taken to the Fulton County Jail.

Barbara Gonzalez, press secretary for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, issued a statement after the arrests: "ICE takes enforcement action on a case by case basis — prioritizing those who present the most significant threats to public safety as determined by their criminal history and taking into consideration the specific facts of each case, including immigration history."

Last year, four young people were arrested during a sit-in at U.S. Sen. John McCain's office in Arizona. Students at several suburban Atlanta high schools staged walkouts last month, and a group of seven illegal immigrant young people were arrested in April after they sat down in a downtown Atlanta street and blocked traffic to call attention to their situation. Five others were arrested in May at the Indiana office of Gov. Mitch Daniels after a protest grew confrontational.

Many of the activists hold out hope for the DREAM Act, legislation that would provide a path to legalization for certain young people brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents. The bill has been introduced several times in Congress without success. A Senate subcommittee held a hearing on the legislation Tuesday.

Several dozen students in their caps and gowns attended the hearing, despite their status as illegal immigrants. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., introduced several who had demonstrated excellence in many facets of life but were unable to get jobs in their chosen fields.

"They want to serve the country they love," Durbin said. "All they want is a chance."

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said lawmakers from both parties have compassion for the students who would be helped by the legislation, but he said the details are important. He pointed to changes that he believes are necessary for the bill before it can gain more Republican support.

Opponents of the DREAM Act often agree that young people brought here when they're young have compelling stories. But giving them a path to legalization could create increased competition for young Americans who already are having trouble finding jobs, they say.

The Georgia university system last fall adopted a policy barring state colleges and universities that have rejected academically qualified students in the prior two years from accepting illegal immigrants.

Judge Thomas Thrash on Monday ruled on a request by civil liberties groups to block Georgia's new illegal immigration law from taking effect until a lawsuit challenging its constitutionality is resolved. Thrash temporarily blocked a provision that authorizes police to check the immigration status of suspects without proper identification and to detain illegal immigrants and another that penalizes people who knowingly and willingly transport or harbor illegal immigrants while committing another crime.

The law's author, state Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, has said it's needed to keep illegal immigrants from draining the state's resources.

Many parts of the law will take effect Friday. One of them makes it a felony to use false information or documentation when applying for a job. Another creates an immigration review board to investigate complaints about government officials not complying with state laws related to illegal immigration.

Starting Jan. 1, businesses with 500 or more employees must use a federal database to check the immigration status of new hires. That requirement will be phased in for all businesses with more than 10 employees by July 2013. Also starting Jan. 1, applicants for public benefits must provide at least one state or federally issued "secure and verifiable" document.

Also on Tuesday, the Birmingham, Ala., City Council unanimously approved a resolution seeking the repeal of Alabama's new law targeting illegal immigration, with members calling it a hateful reminder of the state's not-too-distant past as a bastion of legalized racial segregation.

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RTZ said...

Ahhh yes.....you knew this story was coming back to light. To all of you who carry on about the "racist" part of this....kiss my butt! Sorry...just wanted to leave that right away to share my thoughts for those of you who will whine about discrimination like last time. Someone will accuse me of it....I guarantee it. I'm foreign also. I am also indeed an American citizen. "illegal" immigrants make themselves law breakers. Are we just supposed to step aside on this one? Just kind of turn our heads for a second and let it slide? Maybe just let our government take care of them and overlook it? If we start adjusting the law accordingly to something or someone...where does it end?

June 29, 2011 at 1:05 a.m.
nucanuck said...

A country in which the corporate culture willingly and knowingly (wink wink) has hired millions of so called "illegal" workers over decades can hardly now claim the term "illegal" has much meaning.

Politicians looked the other way because their corporate donors wanted the workers. The inflow could have been stopped at any time by simple and strickly enforced verification standards. We can still stop the flow by stringent job verification and employer penalties, but that is not happening.

Demonizing hard working people is not the solution to regaining control of our borders. Controlling who may work is the solution.

June 29, 2011 at 2:08 a.m.
ann said...

they all should have been arrested and deported on the spot,if there are any racist in this country it is these illegals,i have never really hated any people but i really have a very strong dislike for illegals,and it is because they do such sorry things as this,when if they wanted to be a part of this country they would do it the right way,and to think our tax dollars pay for them to march in our streets and disregaurd our laws,i hope when we get a new president that will be his frist job to have all illegals deported,and give orders that they can never return to this country,if they do they will be shot

June 29, 2011 at 2:32 a.m.
Arthur said...

The tax payers pay other way. So I thank we need to pay to send them home if they can not show us a green card. I do not care where they are from if they are here illegal they need to back to where they came from.

June 29, 2011 at 4:51 a.m.
Lightnup said...

Recognizing that Obama can't possibly be re-elected by running on his dismal record of non-accomplishment, left-wing Democrat-connected groups will be actively stirring up "illegals just want a chance" sentiment in order to garner more Democrat support among Hispanic voters prior to November 2012. The law always takes second seat to political-correctness for the left.

June 29, 2011 at 5:06 a.m.
devoris said...

GOD HAS NEVER CREATED A ILLEGAL HUMAN BEING AND NEVER WILL

June 29, 2011 at 5:31 a.m.
rolando said...

How about all those souls He consigned to burn in Hell for all eternity, devoris?

Ya think they might have done something "illegal" in His eyes...like non-belief? Oh. You say He is not responsible for us once we are created? How Progressive of Him...make something and then condemn it when it uses what He gave them...free-will.

June 29, 2011 at 6:15 a.m.
hambone said...

The "DREAM ACT" is a GOP idea, John Mcain and other GOP senators sponsored it.

They were for it before they were against it!

June 29, 2011 at 6:21 a.m.
rolando said...

That has been their aim all along, Lightnup.

Actually, arresting the illegal aliens here has become a study in futility -- under our Dictator-In-Chief's newest Executive Order, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement will release them all...so they can vote under the No-ID-Required mindset.

June 29, 2011 at 6:22 a.m.
rolando said...

John McCain is a RINO, hambone. He co-sponsored the current version with Divin' Ted Kennedy. And he is hardly representative of the GOP. Orrin Hatch proposed a similar bill 4 years earlier.

Every time the bill was submitted, it failed miserably regardless of who controlled the Legislature. It took our Tyrant-In-Chief to bypass all that and give the illegal aliens "amnesty".

June 29, 2011 at 6:46 a.m.
bpqd said...

The Republicans created this situation when they altered the asylum law in the mid 1990s. This problem has been a long time coming because they sought to make legal immigration to the US impossible before they began complaining about illegal immigration. They side with it because it is faster and easier to get rich off of protectionist economy than other forms of worker control.

June 29, 2011 at 8:23 a.m.
My2centsworth said...

HELLO, Illegal is Illegal is Illegal. Arrest them, deport them, take all they have accumulated and sell it to pay for the cost of deportation, check the parents status, and any others who might be living with them. Take all that they have to pay for their deportation. Dream Act my A$$, just another attempt to encourage more dishonesty and theft and crime by these types of individuals. DEPORT THEM.

USSA is one day closer.

June 29, 2011 at 8:41 a.m.
Humphrey said...

united states of stupid arseholes?

June 29, 2011 at 9:11 a.m.
JoeHill said...

It's funny that big agribussiness' subsidized agricultural products can cross the border to flood the market in Mexico to undercut their local farms, but the victims of this unfree trade aren't allowed to freely cross the border to find employment with those same corporations who have no moral qualms with illegals as they tend not to speak out for workplace violations.

The bottom line is this: an exploited underclass drags us all down. Let's give these people a hand up out from the darkness and into the light to demand a decent standard of living. Our current standard of living is rapidly diminishing for all working people, regardless of their citizenship status.

June 29, 2011 at 9:26 a.m.
bigbearzzz said...

i dont mind them being here, as long as they follow the proper guidelines in doing it. Not only that, but i would appreciate a lil friggin help payin taxes too if ya dont mind. If they are gonna live here, then they should be required to uphold all the laws and regulations that every other individual in this country is supposed to follow.

June 29, 2011 at 9:39 a.m.
JoeHill said...

Bigbearzz,

Do those artificially cheap agricultural products supported by your tax dollars have to stand in line to be accepted or not into Mexico?

Tus hermanos are here. They're productive. They patronize our stores. The pay sales taxes. And they could contribute so much more with full citizenship.

June 29, 2011 at 9:54 a.m.
brokentoe said...

The Republicans invited them for their cheap labor. LET THEM STAY!! I recall Bush and others standing at that podium declaring they, illegals, do the jobs Americans can't or won't do. Bush told them to COME! COME! COME one Come ALL!

"Before they{GOP} were against them, they were FOR them.

June 29, 2011 at 10:30 a.m.
dao1980 said...

I can think of many types of folks that would love to be exempt from enforcement of the law.

Could this issue could set a precedent for all individuals who are in some way existing in a state of illegal circumstances?

Drug users? Speeders? All non violent offenders? If the principle of law is relative in this arena, why not all arenas?

June 29, 2011 at 10:45 a.m.
noapathy said...

God didn't make them illegal, they made themselves illegal by breaking the law in a country of laws. If God was here, he would have all of this settled for us...I'm sure. So here we are left to come to a solution ourselves. We should take care of our own first, you cannot discount those that have gone thru the LEGAL immigration process. The entitlement of those that do not want to follow the rules is out of hand! Why fight to jump from one sinking ship (Mexico) to another (USA)?

June 29, 2011 at 11:04 a.m.
JoeHill said...

I guess some laws are made to be broken and changed. Like laws that banned interracial marriage, like laws allowing slavery, like laws prohibiting alcohol, like laws not allowing women and minorities the right to vote . . .

We are in the midst of a great social transformation. More than a few laws will be challenged and changed on our way to progress.

June 29, 2011 at 11:39 a.m.
bigbearzzz said...

Joehill....if they are here....why not do it legally? Why not go through the proper paper work to become legal citizens? And why are you trying to protect them?! What do you have to gain from them being in our state illegaly?! That is the part of the argument that i cant wrap my brain around....What is the big deal of doing it the RIGHT way? And why are you wanting to keep it illegal?

June 29, 2011 at 11:42 a.m.
bigbearzzz said...

And what exactly are we progressing toward?!?! A morally incorupt society with a "Hey just anybody come in and do whatever the hell you want cause we dont want to be responsible and SMART and have laws that restrict what you can and cant do!" attitude?!?!! No thanks. You can jump on the bandwagon if you want to. But I'm sorry, progress without guidance leads to destruction. One day im sure you'll get your anarchism society, but will you let me and my family get the heck outta here first?!

June 29, 2011 at 12:08 p.m.
Wilder said...

The word on the street in Dalton is that thousands of illegals are moving to Chattanooga. You will soon be experiencing first hand the real cost involved, instead of just theorizing about it. It is not just a financial drain; it also involves quality of life degradation.

Go here for a little taste of what is headed your way:

www.themilitant.com/2011/7523/index.shtml

June 29, 2011 at 12:38 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

I'm sorry but there comes a time when a nation has to close its borders. I know were the land of opportunity, but our resources here are limited at best. And if we are inviting everybody in to partake of these resources it wont be long till we be declared a third world country. We have to wisen up and say ok, thats enough for now! I would like there to be some resemblance of America when my grand-children inherit it.

June 29, 2011 at 1:19 p.m.
JoeHill said...

It's a good question to ask: why don't they do it legally? Either it is too cumbersome and slow a process when they are trying to survive financially or they want to return back home after a while and don't wish to stay.

But a better question to ask is this: wouldn't it be more useful to go after the large agricultural interests soaking us here at home for tax subsidies and creating our competition in the labor market by decimating the Mexican farms with artificially cheap products.

When companies move over the border for cheaper labor and the labor comes here for work, we need to ask ourselves if targeting Mexicans is more useful than targeting NAFTA and corporate welfare.

Finally, Libertarian4freedom, how libertarian are you when you are silent about products built on tax supports crossing the border into their market, but pipe in on the free crossing of human labor into ours?

June 29, 2011 at 1:51 p.m.
knightboy said...

Illegal aliens don't have the right to be arrested!! Get them out of this country now! Check this out, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operatio..., YES It Is Real!! "I want my Job back!! And an Illegal Alien Has It!!" "IA's" don't just pick vegetables COME ON! don't kid yourself! I just closed my lawn care business, my son and I wouold've been swamped if there were just a few more "IA's" deported out of Catoosa County. But, when I charge a normal operating fee for lawn care and a pack of "IA's" come in for half that 'cause they don't pay taxes or even exist on the books....you can't compete with that!! OPERATION WET BACK!! WE NEED YOU!!

June 29, 2011 at 2:38 p.m.
johnnyhurst said...

American companies should have to pay at least half of what they save in labor to unemployment here in America. As for all of these illegals. I guess they do the jobs Americans won't do. That's is if your from the other side of the tracks from where I came from. They have put a strangle hold on the construction industry, and have driven wages and quality into the ground. What is a person who went through all of the paperwork, red tape, waiting and the right channels to get here think about this? I tell you what they think, they wonder why in the hello did they have to do all of this and others didn't. Another thing, why don't illegals spend their money here? I tell you why, they are building their dream homes in other countries, where they will go to after they have fleeced all they can get from America. All of our polititions have failed us and need to be forced to pick oranges for the rest of their careers. Let's clean house America.

June 29, 2011 at 2:54 p.m.
LibDem said...

Do you ever notice how people want OTHER people to obey all the laws? What's that about?

June 29, 2011 at 3:35 p.m.
nucanuck said...

Many of you are behind the curve on this issue. There are more Hispanics leaving than entering these days. The construction jobs have dried up, overall employment is still contracting and incoming migrants are the least of the US problems. Blaming Hispanics for the mess we have made is fool's errand.

Hate them if you want to, but displacing ten to twenty million long-term residents, illegal or not, will do more damage to our struggling country than creating a path to legal residency and gaining control of who enters the work force.

June 29, 2011 at 3:43 p.m.
nucanuck said...

L4F,

You make the point perfectly with trying to board a cruise ship witout a passport. If job seekers had to have proveable documentation, they would be legal or not come. Building a wall around our borders is expensive and clearly doesn't work.

How to address the millions that are long-term de facto Americans is a different issue from how to control who might continue to come to the US. Lumping the two together makes the solution to either problem that much more difficult.

June 29, 2011 at 4:40 p.m.
SeaMonkey said...

devoris ..that's assanine...just stupid....

the current democrat party and our dear leader, barack "feets" obama, have encouraged lawllessness since taking over in 2008. attempts to give civilian trials to terrorists..siding with illegal aliens over citizens in arizona.......

it's amazing the sophistry and pure bull**** tossed around by liberals in their attempt to get around the fact that they've broken in, broken the law..entered illegally.....

this all a frantic and pathetic attempt by obama to pick up a quick voting block because he's lost the anti-war groups, american jews, independents and a good portion of black americans.. not to mention very , very disapointed democrats who consider themselves moderates.....

how transparent....

any attempt to ram illegal aliens down americans throats will anger those in this country who have been hurt by obama's depression..and that's a whole lot o people.

June 29, 2011 at 4:49 p.m.
Wilder said...

@numbknucks

What is your logic for wanting to keep 20 million uneducated and unskilled indigents here to mooch off our citizens? How do we benefit?

What is the huge negative impact of relieving the pressure on our schools, jails, judicial system, social services,etc.?

Not only should the illegal aliens leave, the sociopaths like the carpet cartel who recruited them, should go to jail and pay reparations for the damage they have caused the community.

June 29, 2011 at 7:40 p.m.
Legend said...

@PR said... ILLEGAL IS ILLEGAL. They broke the law to come here


Once upon a time slaves were accused of breaking the law for seeking freedom. Any person or state caught harboring or transporting a slaves to freedom could be arrested or receive a death sentence.

Rosa Parks broke the law when she set on the front of a bus instead of the place relegated on the back of the bus for people like her.

Just proves, just because something is placed into law that alone doesn't make it right. As "civilized" people become more and more civilized and aware of their conscious they tend to realize the error of their ways. That even the laws they oftentime create are sometimes lawless and illegal.

June 29, 2011 at 8:02 p.m.
knightboy said...

Did anyone click on this LINK!?!?! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operatio... It wasn't the first time a U.S. president done something like this and it shouldn't be the last!

July 2, 2011 at 12:23 p.m.
BobbieChampion said...

I know marion county police calls ice and they wont come for them so joe hill if your the one from jasper your welcome to them let them bring all of there gangs dope alcohol with them and if youre the one ihat works at the jail you will have more fun to look forward too haha then see if you still up hold them

July 3, 2011 at 1:38 p.m.
BobbieChampion said...

angel 706 all the illigals are thieves by being here.You steal our ids, the women lie about not having a daddy for there kids,so they can get everything free, so sell your bull in another pasture.

July 4, 2011 at 2:37 p.m.
BobbieChampion said...

INGUIRING MIND if you dont like our laws kindly remove your butt out of ga.

July 4, 2011 at 2:41 p.m.
ceeweed said...

Try going to Mexico illegally and organizing a protest against their government, they would probably decapitate you then hang you by your heels from the nearest overpass.

July 4, 2011 at 4 p.m.
fairmon said...

Anyone employing an illegal immigrant should be severely fined and punished to the point of closing the business. Those hiring illegals for domestic services such as housekeepers, maids, landscaping should be severely fined and sentenced to community service. Those here to earn money to send back to Mexico would not be here if not employed. The large number not working or here as part of the Mexican drug cartels should be deported promptly or sooner. Those advocating for illegals do so for selfish reasons. They like the results of cheap labor that yields cheap fruit and vegetables or the cheap products of their labor.

There are processes for immigrants to enter the U.S. to work for a specified period. Don't like the laws then change them.

July 11, 2011 at 10:36 p.m.
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