Thursday, June 30, 2011

HB 87 in Georgia

Effects of Georgia's immigration law:







I am guessing these were not the desired outcomes for the law's supporters.

4 comments:

Vicente Duque 12:23 PM  
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Anonymous,  1:47 PM  

The truth is that the law is backfiring in ways they never had dreamed of. Blind conservative ideology.

Vicente Duque 7:10 PM  

Houston homebuilder Bob Perry and grocery chain magnate Charles E. Butt ( HEB ) hired one of Austin's most powerful lobbyists to oppose the "Sanctuary Cities". Bob Perry is Texas top Republican donor. Last year, he gave some $7 million, $2.5 million to Rick Perry.


Lawmakers said business interests worried that the law would allow police to harass their workers. The construction and retail industries employ thousands of immigrants in Texas and across the nation.

The testimony of high level law enforcement officials throughout the state and opposition by key Republican frunders such as the Butt family of HEB convinced key Repulicans in the house to block the bill in the house.


REUTERS.COM
Business lobby helps scuttle immigration curbs in Texas
Business interests and law enforcement opposed bill
Texas legislation less restrictive than Arizona's
By Karen Brooks


http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/30/immigration-texas-idUSN1E75S29320110630



Some excerpts :

BUSINESS CONCERNS

Two powerful Texas businessmen joined the lobbying against the bill, legislative sources told Reuters.

Houston homebuilder Bob Perry and grocery chain magnate Charles E. Butt hired one of Austin's most powerful lobbyists to oppose the legislation.

Bob Perry has long been known as the top Republican donor in Texas. Last year alone, he gave some $7 million to political candidates, mainly Republicans, according to the Texas Ethics Commission. Some $2.5 million of that went to Governor Rick Perry. Bob Perry is not related to the governor.

Butt, who owns the H-E-B grocery store chain, donated close to $1 million to political candidates on both sides of the aisle last year, according to the commission.

"They had real reservations about it," Bill Miller, the lobbyist hired by the influential businessmen, told Reuters. "They wanted some changes made, and we expressed the reservations they had about it to members, which kind of slowed it down,"

Miller would not say what those concerns were, and calls to homebuilder Perry for comment were not returned late Wednesday. But lawmakers said business interests worried that the law would allow police to harass their workers. The construction and retail industries employ thousands of immigrants in Texas and across the nation.

Another factor in the bill's demise may have been opposition from Texas law enforcement groups.
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ConsDemo 11:02 AM  

Unfortunately, there are large number of populist simpletons that think if they just shout ILLEGAL enough times immigrants will just disappear and spontaneous prosperity will break out for the "real Americans" who are left. Facts are irrelevant to these people. They apparently have collected enough signatures to force a referendum on Maryland's DREAM act and if it goes down it would be a huge setback for immigration sanity given Maryland is a blue state.

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