By Guest Columnist WESLEY THARPE, research director for the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute
The hot topic of immigration is never far from Georgians’ TV screens and Twitter feeds these days. Stories of migrant children taken from their parents at the border captivate viewers on the nightly news. Candidates for high Georgia offices compete over who can be most threatening to the immigrant family next door. And President Donald Trump repeatedly claims that newcomers from other lands are bad for taxpayers, harm the economy and upend the nation’s social fabric.
The nation’s population is becoming older and more diverse, according to a Census report released Thursday. The only cohort that reported more deaths than births from July 2016 to July 2017 was non-Hispanic whites. The report adds fuel to the ongoing debate over President Trump’s immigration policy.
By Guest Columnist MARK NEWMAN, retired partner with Troutman Sanders
Agriculture is big business in Georgia. One in seven Georgians work in agriculture and the industry contributes nearly $74 billion to our state’s economy. So, when the most important piece of legislation impacting Georgia’s farmers fails to pass the U.S. House of Representatives because of an unrelated immigration issue, it is cause for serious concern.
U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) plans to run for re-election in 2022.
Isakson was the luncheon speaker for the Atlanta Press Club’s newsmaker series on Tuesday when he addressed a variety of topics – from school shootings, mental illness, immigration and the political climate in Washington, D.C.
When he was asked whether he planned to run for re-election, Isakson quickly answered: “Of course.”
A placard at the Latin American Association on Buford Highway says it all.
“Help us rally support for legislation to protect DACA recipients!”
DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – an American immigration policy that has allowed individuals who entered the country illegally as minors to receive deferred action from deportation and be eligible to work.
His story would make any parent proud: The child prodigy earns a degree in fine arts while on a scholarship to Georgia State University, and goes on to open his own studio along Buford Highway. The problem is, he’s in the country illegally and is subject to deportation.
By Guest Columnist JAIME RANGEL, a DACA recipient from Dalton who works with lawmakers from across the state, serving as a liaison between their offices and the Hispanic community
My name is Jaime Rangel, and I’m a beneficiary of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. This federal program allowed me, and hundreds of thousands of other young people, the opportunity to work and study in the United States.
As some states threaten the federal government with legal action over the immigration status of people brought to the U.S. as children, Georgia’s top official lawyer says that immigration is an issue for the U.S. Congress to settle.
By Guest Columnist JILL ROBBINS, chief program officer for the non-profit Soccer in the Streets
Judging from the headlines, you’d think there’s no such thing as happy news on the refugee front. As someone who works directly with refugee kids in Clarkston, I can tell you there is so much more to the story. I see happiness in the faces of refugee kids every day in my role as chief program officer for Soccer in the Streets, where I have worked in youth development for more than 20 years.
Hundreds of Emory University students, staff and faculty have asked administrators to ban law enforcement officers from campus if their purpose is to apprehend and deport undocumented immigrants. The president responded Tuesday with a letter titled, “Emory affirms support for undocumented students.”