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“I helped write H.B. 87,” said Dustin Inman Society president and founder D.A. King. “I am very proud of our final product and that we were able to dispel the fabrications put out by the various anti-enforcement factions during the committee process.”
House Bill 87, the Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011, was signed into law on May 13 by Gov. Nathan Deal. Provisions of the new law, which has been compared to Arizona’s controversial Senate Bill 1070, will take effect beginning July 1 of this year.
King, a proponent of tougher illegal immigration enforcement, celebrates the passing of the law as an achievement for the state of Georgia.
In 2005, he founded The Dustin Inman Society, a non-profit organization centered around Georgia’s illegal immigration issues. A vocal critic of Kennesaw State University and the Georgia Board of Regents during last year’s Jessica Colotl controversy, he has written anti-illegal immigration columns for the Marietta Daily Journal and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and has made appearances on radio and television programs, including “Anderson Cooper 360 Live” and “Lou Dobbs Tonight.”
“We looked at the points of contention on local law enforcement and enforcement in the Arizona law and adjusted accordingly,” said King. “It is important to know that local law enforcement already has the authority to enforce immigration law. But no one wants that to be public.”
King said he considers Georgia’s punishment for use of false documents to obtain employment “a great addition to the Arizona law.”
“The same radicals that howl that states should not protect their citizens by enforcement because immigration should only be enforced on the federal level march in the streets demanding an end to federal enforcement of immigration laws,” King said. “Too funny that the press fails to note that fact.”
On May 11, Illinois Senator Richard Durbin introduced S. 952, a reiteration of the DREAM Act, to Congress. Although a prior version of the bill passed the House of Representatives in 2010, the Senate ultimately ended up voting against the proposed legislation.
“As it has always been introduced, the DREAM Act is merely another amnesty scheme to get as many illegals legalized as possible,“ King said. “It isn't going anywhere. The term ‘former Republican Congress Rep.’ does not have much appeal to the elected officials who would have to vote it into law. Bringing children into the U.S. illegally and then demanding us to legalize them because they were children brought into the U.S. illegally and then allowing them to help legalize their parents and family isn't fooling anyone. It is also child abuse by the shameless parents.”
King is also a proponent of the enforcement of Immigration and Nationality Act Section 287(g), a 1997 addendum to the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996.
“Cobb is a national leader in protecting us from illegal immigration because of 287(g),” King stated. “Only three other counties do the same. The Obama administration has all but frozen any new 287(g) agreements because it is so effective at getting illegals out of American communities.”
In April, President Obama criticized H.B. 87. “It is a mistake for states to try to do this piecemeal,” he said during a WSB-TV interview earlier this year. “We can’t have 50 different immigration laws around the country. Arizona tried this, and a federal court already struck them down.”
“In a GOP controlled legislature, it was the business community that is addicted to taxpayer subsidized black-market labor that was our real enemy,” King said. “The far left illegal alien lobby that staged protests with thousands of illegals screaming in a foreign language that they would not comply only served to propel our bill.”
“Illegal immigration is a curse on all American communities,” said King. “And I am proud that I have been able to assist in attacking this criminal enterprise.”