Georgia immigration board ready for first meeting

The IERB will go after officials and government employees that don't comply with the E-Verify component in HB87. Image taken from America's Voice blog.

Governor Nathan Deal once more ignored those against HB87 and kept controversial columnist Phil Kent in the seven-member Georgia Immigration Enforcement Review Boardthat will hold its first meeting at noon this Thursday.

The proposed agenda says the board will elect a chairman as well as discussing how to file a complaint and what committees will exist.

But the opposition prepares one last action before the panel meets for the first time. The coalition will deliver some 5,000 signatures gathered through an online petition the Young Georgia Democrats created.

This board was created under provision 20 of Georgia’s immigration law HB87, which gives this board the power to investigate public officials and government employees suspect of not complying with the law.

In a recent blog post, immigration attorney Charles Kuck called this board a “radical privatization of government power, and the constitutionality of this provision is suspect.”

From Kuck’s post:

After all we are talking about giving to a Board of private citizens the power to take away the “city” status of a municipality. Frankly, it is insane that this provision is in this anti-immigration bill. It has nothing to do with immigration, and everything to do with pleasing a particular constituency. Ultimately, the courts will decide the constitutionality of this Section.

This panel will make sure that localities, public officials and government employees adhere to the E-Verify provisions in the law.

America’s Voice does a good job explaining what E-Verify is for those who don’t know.

And although some small towns are already complying with the law, Bloomberg reports that by doing so they struggle finding ways to avoid the harsh penalties.

About Gustavo Martínez Contreras

was born in Texas, brewed in Mexico City, seasoned in the Mexico-United States border, aged walking the streets of Philadelphia. He had a short-lived stint eating grits, fried chicken, and peaches in Atlanta. He later became a béisbol writer for El Diario de Nueva York. He has written about immigrant communities in English, Spanish, and some Spanglish. Although he does not have a shelf full of awards, Gustavo has received thank you notes and hugs from people who have trusted him with their stories. His work has appeared in Voices of New York, El Diario/La Prensa, Dallas’ Al Día, The Philadelphia Public School Notebook, Philadelphia Weekly, Radio Bilingüe, Latina Lista, Spot.us, among others. He is currently pursuing a master's degree at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
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