Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Friday signed the Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011, which passed both houses of the Georgia Legislature by overwhelming margins.
“Georgia is a welcoming state with vibrant immigrant communities and a highly diverse population,” Deal said. “These are strengths that enrich the culture of Georgia and expand our economy. There’s no better way to promote the quality of life of all who live here and no better way to protect taxpayers than upholding the rule of law.
“This immigration reform measure fulfills my promise to Georgians to crack down on the influx of illegal immigrants into our state. Georgia has the sixth-highest number of illegal residents, and this comes at enormous expense to Georgia taxpayers. Those who claim that this law will have a negative financial impact on Georgia completely ignore the billions of dollars Georgians have spent on our schools, our hospitals, our courtrooms and our jails because of people who are in our state illegally.
“In Georgia, we learned from the state laws elsewhere that raised objections from the federal government. We do not wish to go to war with the federal government. We wish to partner with the federal government to enforce the current law of the nation. Let’s remember: It’s already illegal on every inch of U.S. soil to hire someone who is in this country illegally. What we’ve done in Georgia is create a level playing field for all employers. The use of E-Verify means everyone plays by the same rules – and it protects employers by giving them a federal stamp of approval on their workforce. This also protects workers because those who live in the shadows of our society lack legal protections and they’re vulnerable to fraud and abuse. This legislation was expertly crafted by state Rep. Matt Ramsey to assure that our state protects the constitutional rights of all who live here. Rep. Ramsey knows, as I do, that there’s no better way to promote the rights of individuals than by protecting the rule of law.
“Illegal immigration is a complex and troublesome issue, and no state alone can fix it. We will continue to have a broken system until we have a federal solution. In the meantime, states must act to defend their taxpayers.”
Thursday marked the first of three days of serious fishing, sponsored yearly by the Pickens County Sportsman’s Club under the longstanding title, “Kids Fishing Day.”
This community event, held on Jasper city property at Cove Creek, allows the disabled, residents of local nursing homes and assisted facilities, and small children to land some big ones from a broad stream stocked sturdy with trout. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources provides the fish from a state hatchery.
The 4-H Club, Scouts, EMS?personnel and others provide help coaching anglers. On top of organizing the event, the Sportsman’s Club also provides a lunch. Those fishing Thursday had a good time at it.
Residents of local nursing homes and assisted living facilites are fishing on Friday. Saturday is the day for kids ages 15 and under, accompanied by a parent. Fishing runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.
(ATLANTA, GA)-The Social Security Administration announced the most popular baby names in Georgia for 2010. Isabella and William topped the list.
The top five boys and girls names for 2010 in Georgia were:
1) William 1) Isabella
2) Jacob 2) Emma
3) Jayden 3) Madison
4) Joshua 4) Abigail
5) Elijah 5) Olivia
Last week the federal government’s top official for baby names, Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, announced Isabella and Jacob were the most popular baby names in the U.S. How does Georgia compare to the rest of the country? Check out Social Security’s website -- www.socialsecurity.gov -- to see the top baby names for 2010.
In the aftermath of the Nelson Council meeting Monday, May 2, where some residents pointedly expressed their dissatisfaction with Nelson Mayor David Leister, the mayor sought an interview with the Progress.
In his conversation with this newspaper, Leister began with an explanation of why he entered two controversial topics onto the May council meeting agenda. Those topics were out-sourcing of Nelson garbage pick up and out-sourcing of Nelson police protection.
"I wanted to get the people involved," Leister said. "I want them to start stepping up and being Nelson instead of being told what Nelson is. I want Nelson to define it."
He said he would like to change the perception of present political unrest at Nelson as being a mayor versus council struggle. "On my part, it hasn't been about who I like or don't like," he said. "It's about what the state constitution reads, what the charter reads and what the ethics code reads. Do we understand it, and are we following the letter of the law?"
"Part of the fun of serving on the city council has been taking shots at the mayor," Leister said, "and I've been told that by sitting council members, former council members, and people of this region. Nelson has been at odds with itself for a long period of time. That isn't new to Nelson politics. I'm just a little more vocal than prior mayors."
Final in a three part travelouge
By Joan Barnes
The howling winds and driving rain of the early morning hours had changed to showers as we carried our bulging bags to the bike. We were relieved to see it had survived the storm and was still standing upright.
As we rode around Queenstown Bay, rain started falling in sunlight and a rainbow formed over the Bay. We continued riding in the rain up through the mountains. We were constantly chasing a patch of blue sky that was always just ahead of us.
While we were stopped at a cafe the sky cleared and we had our New Zealand sun back. A man who was admiring the bike saw us stripping off our rain gear. He said, “You might have a wee bit of weather ahead.” We ignored his warning and rode down the road basking in the brilliant sun - for five minutes. Dark ominous clouds raced down the mountains toward us. We barely got off the bike and into our rain gear before the downpour started. Strong winds battered us. On the bike, the rain drops became ice needles driving into our faces. My helmet chin strap beat against my face viciously. The bike was blown across the road into the oncoming traffic lane or toward roadside ditches in spite of all Ely’s attempts to control it. The winds actually blew a large window out of one of the Wellington car ferries that day and the churning waves filled it with water. Fortunately all the passengers were rescued.
At right, a perfect New Zealand, especially as seen from a touring motorcycle.