As you may already know, SOMOS REPUBLICANS is the largest and fastest growing Latino Republican group in the nation. We have fought SB 1070 type of laws since it’s inception. We are based in Arizona, and yesterday Georgia passed an SB 1070 type of law and is up for the Governor’s signature. Question is: Will Governor Deal sign a law AFTER the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals deemed most of SB 1070 unconstitutional? Arizona has spent 4 million dollars defending this unconstitutional law and the anti-immigrant momentum is losing steam. How much money will the State of Georgia waste spending their unconstitutional law?
April 15, 2011
Nathan Deal, Governor of the State of Georgia
Dear Governor Deal:
Please do not sign HB 87, an Arizona-style immigration enforcement bill. The bill is clearly unconstitutional, as is Arizona’s SB1070. Arizona’s SB1070 law has already cost Arizona taxpayers $4 million in legal fees, and cost Arizona’s economy well over $100 million in lost business and economy.
Immigration clearly is a federal power, and states are pre-empted from writing their own immigration laws. Numerous court decisions have confirmed this constitutional separation of powers, including rulings on SB1070, first by a conservative federal judge in Arizona, then by a three judge appeals panel, two of whom were appointed by conservative Republican Presidents. Our constitution is part of the ‘rule of law’ so if you believe in the ‘rule of law’ then don’t sign HB 87.
Arizona’s lettuce industry has already been severely impacted by immigration enforcement in Arizona and cannot find adequate numbers of workers to harvest crops. The same can be expected in Georgia. HB87 does nothing about reforming our nation’s guest worker system, which permits far too few guest workers into the U.S. to meet agriculture’s needs.
Immigration enforcement by state and local police also undermines community policing, as shown by a recent report produced by the Police Foundation. Once immigrants become distrustful of police, they often no longer cooperate as crime witnesses or victims.
Racial profiling of Hispanics has also become rampant in many parts of the U.S. Most statistical studies show blacks and Hispanics are much more likely to be stopped by police, and much less likely found with contraband. Though racial profiling is already illegal it occurs anyway, which demonstrates that specific language in legislation such as SB1070 and HB 87 has little impact on preventing this practice.
Lastly, signing HB 87 will negatively impact our party’s chances in the 2012 elections. Many Hispanics are already developing a perception of our party as anti-immigrant and anti-Hispanic. Hispanics are now more than 15% of America’s population and the GOP can no longer afford to ignore us. As America’s largest Hispanic Republican organization, we strive to bring more Hispanics to the Republican party, and HB87 and similar measures only serve to drive many conservative Hispanics to vote Democrat, while accomplishing nothing to address immigration because of their unconstitutionality.
Bob Quasius DeeDee Garcia Blase
Vice-President, Somos Republicans President, Somos Republicans