9:37 am It's a much more diverse crowd than last week - it's beautiful to see Black, Latino, Asian and white folks all (cont) http://tl.gd/8oljbh
9:39 am Rep Golick starting us up, introducing the 3rd and final hearing for #HB87
9:39 am Empezamos, Golick habla junta hasta las 12, 5 minutes for witness.
9:40 am 1st witness Mrs. Jean Barton We steal her commonn language!
9:41 am Jan Barton testifying, from Marietta saying she is sick of illegals stealing 'our common language.' ugh
9:44 am She claims she represents the majority of Georgians.
9:45 am 2nd WW testifying that "illegals" are why she doesn't have a job
9:52 am WM testifying that all schools should ask every parent to provide papers and info of country of origins (cont) http://tl.gd/8olvha
9:54 am Eve Howe of ABLE testifying, teaches ESL classes: "HB87 brings us back to the 50's and 60's."
9:54 am Another guy from ABLE: the bill makes him think back on the 30's. the bill is wrong
9:55 am Retired army col is going thru the bill showing the lack of sense AND love in the bill.
9:56 am He asks, "Why are we doing this?"
9:59 am Robert Ross is the next speaker
10:00 am Same hate speech
10:02 am Farm Bureu and Chambers of Commerce support amnesty
10:03 am John McKenzy, public school teacher testifying how this bill will hurt his students
10:06 am Talking about students whose fathers are being detained & deported & how it is destroying families
10:07 am says original participants of tea party, Rosa Parks, MLK broke the law
10:08 am This legislation is not America. Current immigration law is broken. This is not AZ. We are in the South. We welcome everyone
10:09 am He is quoting Bible, country music to show that the whole rule of law argument is a farce!
10:09 am "Bill is 'unsouthern' and 'unChristian'"
10:11 am Gwinnett county sheriff testifying now about how 287g works
10:12 am Sherrif's officer also supports bill
10:17 am Former cop is testifying about states' rights, arguing that the federal gov't is usurping AZ state (cont)
10:18 am Family Refugee services priest speaking
10:20 am Irish priest testifying to the discrimination his forefathers experienced in this country, arguing against hb87 (cont) http://tl.gd/8omkdl
10:20 am Referring to Lincoln that all men are created equal
10:21 am He's quoting Lincoln in saying you can't have exceptions to "all men are created equal"
10:25 am New girl talking when will they understand that with the current system there is no way to become legal
10:27 am Tricia sung of OCA Georgia is testifying.
10:29 am Remembering race-based esclusionary policies. Arguing we don't want to repeat that.
11:12 am Adelina Nichols from GHLAR is talking in favor of immigrants.
11:19 am Making the point that we are not taking their jobs
11:19 am She invites Mr. Chairman to go with her out to Atl see how human rights are violated by police officers and ask for a vote of "no"
11:20 am she is supporting solutions that respect people's civil and human rights.
11:21 am And urging GA not to go backward.
11:21 am Alexis from Culture Connect testifying to her own family's history as Jews pushed put of countries, forcing their migration
11:21 am Speaking directly to the challenges of e-verify
11:22 am And reminding legislators to not just look at what immigrants "cost" but what we contribute!
11:26 am Charles Kuck testifying that addressing immigration piecemeal will not solve the problem.
11:27 am The chairman just pulled out an old quote of Kuck's from a statement to the press and demanded he explain himself
11:28 am HB 87 won't solve the broken immigration system-Kuck
11:29 am Kuck demanding to see the fiscal note on this bill, pointing out how ridiculous the cost of this kind of enforcement would be
11:31 am Also pointing out that everyone talks about the cost of immigrants but fails to metion the nine+ billion dollars we contribute just in GA!
11:33 am Kuck arguing that it's not fair to saddle police with this kind of mandate.
11:34 am We in GA salute our brethern in Egypt on their victory as we wage our own battle w immigration. We ride your wave of perserverance.
11:42 am A republican attorney of Latino and irish heritage is talking
11:43 am He's giving a very balanced presentation about the number of undocumented workers who pay federal taxes & http://tl.gd/8ooktk
11:44 am Chairman defending the fact that the bill has been thru 17 drafts...Basically dismissing testimony because it's (cont) http://tl.gd/8oojtc
11:47 am Lawyer asks "What parent wouuldn't break the law to provide for their children?"
11:47 am Amy Todd who works with domestic violence is testifying.
11:47 am Saying women are terrified to get help even when the are being abused.
11:48 am Speaking directly about women whose status is based on their abusive spouses.
11:49 am Telling real stories about women suffering, giving the issue full humanity.
11:52 am Lisa Adler of Amnesty International speaking.
11:55 am Helen Kim Ho of Asian American Legal Advocacy Coalition testifying about the need for a path to legalization
12:10 pm She will be final testimony. Discussing how e-verify is expensive, burdensome, and inaccurate.
12:10 pm Unitl now we have 12 witnesses in favor of HB 87 and 16 against
12:11 pm Giving numbers in favor or immigrant community, E-Verify affects citizens and LPR because it is not accurate
12:11 pm Chairman opens for another witness. A WW talking about how she believes in family and HB 87 will separate families
12:12 pm WW from Habersham Cty reminding the committee that while humans can commit illegal acts, no single human being can be "illegal"
12:18 pm Hearing concluded!