Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Why I'm suing Georgia over immigration law - CNN.com

Why I'm suing Georgia over immigration law - CNN.com

Many are surprised to learn that a conservative Republican mayor like me is involved in a class-action civil-rights lawsuit against my state. And yet, I'm proud to participate in this challenge to Georgia's harsh "papers please" law, which runs counter to America's greatest values and threatens to run my town's economy to the ground.

This law strikes fear in all skilled laborers and anyone associated with them. It will allow officers untrained in immigration issues to detain and investigate anyone they choose. It threatens to tear families apart -- citizen spouses and children will risk permanent separation from undocumented loved ones; grandparents will lose their grandchildren if a family feels forced to leave Georgia.

The people who are challenging this law come from all walks of life, but we all believe that we must fight this broad attack on our basic freedoms and local economies.

A farming couple in Graham is sleepless with worry about not being able to repay the federal loan to start their berry business. They fear they won't have workers to pick their berries, a job machines can't do.

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