There will be a (last) hearing of HB 87 Monday in Rm. 132 of the Capitol, 9:30 till noon; per what the Chairman had indicated before, this will be the last hearing at which a vote will be taken and most likely no testimony will be allowed; please note that we still don't have the finalized version of HB 87; it is expected to be handed out at the hearing.
Please try to come if you can; we'll be there with the "What Happens in Arizona, STOPS in Arizona" stickers. Also, if you haven't already written the House Judy Non-Civil Committee members, please do so this weekend and Monday a.m.; and also call Monday a.m.
Watch for an alert with the members' contact info. and talking points for your reference tomorrow.
Together, we can KILL this bill!!!
The time to act is now!
House Bill 87 “show me your papers” legislation will be up for a vote at the House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee, this coming Monday, 9:30 a.m., Rm. 132 of the Capitol.
Below, you can find a summary of what the bill would do; suggested talking points; as well as contact info. for members of the House Judiciary Non-Civil committee. Please write to them NOW! And call first thing Monday a.m.
Thank you for all you do to ensure the defeat of this racial profiling bill.
Hope to see you Monday!
HB 87 would, among other things:
· require the police to investigate individuals’ immigration status in the course of an offense, including traffic stops, where there is “reasonable suspicion” to believe that they may be undocumented;
· give police the power to make warrantless arrests;
· create criminal penalties for any individual that while in violation of another criminal offense encourages an undocumented person to come to Georgia or transports or harbors them once they arrive;
· provide additional incentives for localities to enter into 287(g) or “Secure Communities”;
· allow any “legal resident” to bring a lawsuit against any Georgia official or agency to force them to enforce provisions of the bill; and,
· require private employers to use the flawed E-Verify database and establishes civil sanctions in case of non-compliance.
Below, are suggested talking points for when you call/write to the reps:
· HB 87 is unconstitutional and violates core American values of fairness and equality.
· HB 87 significantly resembles Arizona’s notorious SB 1070, and if passed, will subject the state to exorbitant litigation costs.
· HB 87 orders law enforcement officers throughout Georgia to use racial profiling as a tool. This would destroy trust and divert law enforcement resources away from community policing.
· HB 87 will hurt state and local economies and lead to a tremendous loss in tourism revenues. In talking about costs, you can make use of these resources:
o Immigration Policy Center fact sheet on economic contributions of immigrants to GA: http://www.immigrationpolicy.org/just-facts/new-americans-peach-state
o Immigration Policy Center checklist for estimating the cost of Arizona-type legislation: http://www.immigrationpolicy.org/just-facts/checklist-estimating-costs-sb-1070-style-legislation
o Center for American Progress report on cost of cancelled conferences and conventions in Arizona: http://www.americanprogress.org/pressroom/releases/2010/11/cost_sb1070_release.html
· E-Verify databases are loaded with errors. Businesses that use e-Verify report that 10 -15% of eligible workers are deemed ineligible by e-Verify, and the errors disproportionately affect lawful residents and naturalized citizens.
Georgia House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee
Rich Golick (Chairman)
Mark Hatfield (Vice-Chairman)
Charlice Byrd (Secretary)
Stephanie Stuckey Benfield
Azadeh N. Shahshahani
National Security/Immigrants' Rights Project Director
American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia
1900 The Exchange SE, Suite 425
Atlanta, GA 30339