PORSCHE reacts to Arizona-based group regarding Georgia’s new anti-immigrant law that emulates ArizonaTuesday, May 24th, 2011
We received a reply from the Porsche general counsel. First of all, he states he did not receive our letter, however, we have a print screen that proves our feedback was received by their main site. See below:
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Secondly, I’m a little perturbed and take issue when Porsche wrote:
“…but to the extent you are suggesting we should have decided to leave our people behind, or uproot all of them, because we may take issue with one piece of legislation, we respectfully disagree…”
Are you kidding me? That one piece of legislation is unconstitutional and goes against every American value that made our nation great — immigrants. There are Polish immigrants in Illinois, New York, and Philadelphia that are undocumented and scared, in fact, a documentary was filmed and can be viewed here. Several undocumented Irish immigrants live in Philadelphia, too. Undocumented immigrants from India, the mid-east, Canada and others from all over the world are here, too. The immigration issue is an AMERICAN ISSUE, as this issue is not just about Latin immigrants.
Read Porsche’s entire letter to us here.
Thirdly, as you can see in Porsche’s letter addressed to us, it seems they find it inconvenient to “uproot all of them”, yet they ignore the law endorsed by a large majority of the Georgia legislature when they decided to sign onto a law that will “uproot thousands of families while mothers and fathers get deported leaving small American-born children behind”.
Something to consider: Why is it okay for Porsche to uproot Illinois families as jobs are removed from that state to the state of Georgia? Did Porsche think we didn’t do our homework with regard to their expansion plans?
Here is our response to Porsche’s general counsel below:
May 24, 2011Mr. Joseph S. Folz General Counsel and Secretary Porsche Cars North America 980 Hammond Dr., Ste. 1000 Atlanta, GA 30328
Subject: Response to your letter of May 23, 2011
Dear Mr. Folz:
Thank you for your prompt response to our letter, which we sent via facsimile to 770-290-3700, the number listed in PCNA’s Hoovers profile. We also sent the letter to my.porsche.com where we received confirmation of Porsche receiving our feedback. Please see the attached document.
We congratulate you on your success in the U.S. market and in Georgia. However, your decision to remain in Georgia and relocate two other divisions to Georgia in a new headquarters is based on a positive business climate that is rapidly deteriorating. While Georgia assembles Porsche cars in Georgia, most of the cars are sold in other affluent states such as California, New York, the New England area, Florida, Texas and more. The State of Florida recently defeated an anti-immigrant bill only a couple of weeks ago due to the pressure from the business community. We hope you would consider expanding to Florida that is now perceived as an immigrant-friendly state. We are puzzled that Porsche has no issue with uprooting employees from Illinois to Georgia, but has a problem relocating others out of Georgia. Please take heed that most states have already rejected these types of anti-immigrant laws. If this bill becomes a law in Georgia, Georgia will be the only state in the Union with harsh anti-immigrant and unconstitutional legislation.
HB87 is a newly passed law, which we believe will be just the first step in a campaign against immigrants that will have negative consequences for all who appear to ‘fit the profile’ of undocumented immigrants. Governor Deal, while a member of Congress, was one of the most extreme members of Congress, and the primary sponsor of a bill to undermine the 14th amendment by stripping citizenship from children born of undocumented immigrants.
As an Arizona based organization, we have watched a pattern unfold, where a few extreme politicians pander to anti-immigrant fringes, demonizing immigrants and passing ever more extreme anti-immigrant laws. Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson compared anti-immigrant pandering to a crack cocaine addiction, where increasingly higher doses of rhetoric and extreme measures are required to get the same political impact. Arizona’s SB1070 law, upon which Georgia HB87 is patterned, is only the last of a series of increasingly harsh laws passed over several years which are oppressive to Hispanics, including Hispanic citizens and legal immigrants. SB1070, though mostly blocked by a federal court, led approximately 100,000 Hispanics to leave Arizona. We believe these departures were in large part due to the climate fostered by Arizona’s politicians in passing SB1070, as well as racial profiling, and the same pattern is being repeated in Georgia now.
This year, five extreme anti-immigrant bills were introduced in the Arizona Senate. The bills would have denied birth certificates to children of undocumented immigrants, turned hospital employees and school teachers into ICE agents. The Arizona business community united in fierce opposition to these bills in response to the economic boycott of Arizona, and none of these bills passed, even with Russell Pearce, as president of the Arizona Senate, backing these bills.
Yours truly,DeeDee Garcia Blase President, Somos Republicans Bob Quasius Vice-President, Somos Republicans