The Faulty Premise of HB 87
Without belaboring the point, this type of legislation is popular because it gives the perception that the state is doing something, which the federal government is purportedly not doing—enforcing federal laws on illegal immigration. The problem with this notion is two-fold. First, the federal government is doing more than it has EVER done in enforcing the laws on undocumented immigration. The Obama Administration is spending literally billions of taxpayer dollars building fences, hiring border patrol agents, detaining undocumented immigrants and actually deported 400,000 people last year—a record. Second, HB 87 DOES NOT create any greater degree of enforcement than already exists under current state and federal law. By September 30, 2010, everyone arrested today in
The Impact of HB 87
HB 87 has as it main thrust a desire to make
- They account for about $9.4 billion in a state economy of roughly $320 billion.
- They contribute between $215 million and $253 million to state coffers in the form of sales, income and property taxes.
- They account for 6.3 percent of
’s work force, but in some industries they are the lion’s share of workers. Experts estimate that 40 percent to 50 percent of the workers in agriculture — the state’s largest industry — are illegal. See AJC 7/29/10. Georgia
If this bill accomplished its purpose—to drive 500,000 people from the state--we could rest assured that it could result in the departure of more than to one million people from the state, along with their tax dollars, investments, talent, and businesses. How would the state face that type of revenue reduction?
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The rest of HB 87 deals with severability and enforceability. The reality of this bill is hard to ignore. It is going to cause taxes to go up, services to go down, increase regulation, and hurt our economy, all without any evidence that any provision of this law will actually solve a real problem in
A brief word on SB 27, recently introduced by Senator Hill, is also necessary here. This bill will lead to a massive increase in business regulation, the likes of which have not been seen since the tax code was introduced. In this short bill, in section 4, the state will now require all state contractors to use the federal IMAGE program. Essentially, being enrolled in the IMAGE program is like inviting ICE into your HR department, and letting them screen every hire for you. Further, it subjects you to regular and mandatory audits by ICE of your i9s and will most certainly increase your costs for providing services to the state. ICE just established a new part of its agency--a special auditing program soon to be staffed by a 100 auditors coming to see if YOU are in compliance with the law. Being an IMAGE employer means you are mandatorily going to be audited FREQUENLTLY! This is a stunning requirement, because even federal contractors are not required to be enrolled in IMAGE.