Charles Kuck commented on Georgia adopting a similar immigration law to Arizona
During the legislative process and after Georgia passed a similar immigration bill to that of Arizona giving police the power to check the immigration status of potential “criminals,” Charles Kuck of Atlanta was a main resource for the media.
In the Atlanta Journal-Constitution January 26 article, "Court challenge predicted for Arizona-style bill aimed at illegal immigration" on Georgia’s proposed illegal immigration bill resembling Arizona’s, Charles Kuck predicts that it will be challenged and views it as equally unconstitutional.
Following up on February 3, Mr. Kuck also mentioned in Associated Press article, "Georgia immigration bill targets employer checks" stating that the bill “has so many inconsistencies, incongruities, and flat out confusing sections that if by some miracle it is passed, it would never see the daylight of its effective date.''
On February 4, Mr. Kuck noted on Atlanta’s NBC affiliate news station, WXIA, “Big Crowd for Georgia Immigration Bill's First Hearing” that the bill would pass in the legislature but stated that "there're still many changes that need to be made to make this bill workable in the society in which we live." He was also featured in a debate with D.A. King the following day.
On February 5 in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article, “Getting to the painful nub of the illegal immigration debate”, Mr. Kuck worked through controversial sections of the bill, such as the pressure that it puts on religious figures to be responsible for the members of their parish, landlords for their tenants, and many other secondary victims.
On March 5, Mr. Kuck was quoted in Hispanically Speaking News article, “Hundreds gather at the Capitol to demand GA governor deal commit to Arizona copycat law” regarding the House Bill 87. He stated that it “causes amazing hardship to private employers through unrealistic E-Verify requirements, violates several provisions of the US Constitution, including the Equal Protection Clause, creates a problem for folks offering assistance to domestic violence victims, subverts voter intent, creates a lawsuit bonanza for lawyers against city and county governments, and, frankly, does not do anything to enforce the laws on illegal immigration to the United States.”On March 6, after the passing of the House Bill 87 and the proposed Senate Bill 40, Mr. Kuck denounced the bills stating “these bills are nothing more than political gainsmanship. It neither reforms nor enforces illegal immigration because that is the responsibility of the federal government” in the article, “State House passes bill on immigration reform”
On April 14, Mr. Kuck discussed the wider implications of HB 87, in the article, “Georgia passes immigration bill similar to Arizona's” commenting that it will deter immigrants from coming to Georgia.
In the Savannah Morning News article “Tourism leaders wary about immigration bill,” Mr. Kuck commented that the new penalties under the new law could be felonies instead of misdemeanors. He stated that, ““It appears to me that this bill was never meant to be enforced but merely to send a message: Immigrants leave Georgia.”
As Governor Nathan Deal was poised to sig the House Bill 87, Mr. Kuck commented, “This is a sad day for Georgia, but it is not the end of the fight. Many of the provisions in this bill are unconstitutional, and after we file suit in federal court and win, the legislators who voted for it will have to explain to their constituents why they voted for a law they knew was illegal.” Read the article here.
In the article “Court Ruling Won’t Affect GA Immigration Law Challenge,” Mr. Kuck stated that the injunction he plans to file against Georgia’s HB 87 will not include the E-Verify portion of the bill. It is targeted at removing the power of the local police officers to detain illegal immigrants.
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