Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The vote was 3-2 against the proposal.
Contractors who want to do business with Cobb County will not be required to apply for certification through a federal program intended to stop undocumented workers from obtaining employment through fraudulent means. It was standing-room only at the Cobb County administration building Tuesday night. And despite passionate arguments from speaker after speaker in favor of the proposed code change, county commissioners decided that the federal IMAGE program was not the best way to solve unemployment or the issue of illegal workers in Cobb. "That objective can be obtained through quite a few different ways," Chairman Tim Lee said before the board voted 3-2 against the ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) Mutual Agreement between …
They will meet at 7 p.m. tonight.
Cobb commissioners tonight are expected to vote on a proposed code change that supporters say will ensure jobs paid for with taxpayer dollars go to legal U.S. citizens. Under the proposal, contractors who do business with Cobb County would be required to apply for certification through the ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers program, commonly referred to as IMAGE. It's all part of an effort to ensure that employers comply with federal immigration and employment guidelines. Cobb experienced a public relations nightmare during the construction of the new Cobb courthouse after information surfaced that a contractor on the project had not verified the status of his employees. Despite…
Friday, February 1, 2013
President Obama and members of Congress are among those who have brought forth immigration reform proposals this week. Tell us who you believe has the better plans.
Friday, February 1
Immigration reform came to the forefront of the American political realm this week, with several leaders putting forth plans that could lead to citizenship for an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants currently in the United States. The first move this week was made by a group of Republican and Democratic senators Monday. The Associated Press reports that the group with their plan aims to first increase the country’s borders before laying down a path to citizenship. President Barack Obama presented the highlights of his proposals on Tuesday. While both his and the senators’ plans call for establishment of a way to allow illegal immigrants to pursue citizenship, the president is not proposing tying the citizenship component to border …
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Georgia House Democrats react to High Court's ruling on controversial Arizona law.
The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling Monday on Arizona's controversial SB 1070, striking down three of its provisions. But the 5-3 ruling left the most contested part of the law, the so-called "show me your papers" clause which allows law enforcement officials to request proof of citizenship or legal status of some they suspect may be here illegally if they stopped that person on another infraction. Still it left that provision open to future challenges if, as some opponents suspect, it will be abused against racial and ethnic minorities. Georgia passed its own immigration law last year, which is considered tougher than Arizona's law. Alabama passed an Arizona-modeled law, too. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and Attorney General Sam Olens—both…
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
The county has used the federal E-Verify program to check on worker status since 2006, but the IMAGE program will go a step further.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
The Cobb County commissioners are set to enter an agreement with federal officials tonight to help ensure all county employees are in the country legally and are eligible to work. Cobb is the first municipality in the state to use the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Mutual Agreement, or IMAGE program. Commissioner Bob Ott, who pushed for the program, said he hopes the county can be a leader for others. The county has used the federal E-Verify program to check on worker status since 2006, but Ott said the IMAGE program will go a step further. Though it will initially be used only with county employees, Ott told the Marietta Daily Journal that he hopes that in the future it will be used to prevent situations like the one during the …
Sunday, January 1, 2012
The new year brings new laws on immigration, cellphone fees and the rules of the road.
The new year brings the next phase in Georgia’s anti-immigration law, a new fee for prepaid cellphone service and the prospect for golf carts rolling through city streets statewide. Most laws in Georgia go into effect when they are signed by the governor or July 1, the start of the state’s fiscal year, but Jan. 1 has some legislative significance—particularly if you’re a doctor with a 7-year-old child and you want to drive your golf cart to the hospital where you employ more than 500 people in a drought-stricken area that hopes for a tech-driven economic revival. Read Patch’s rundown of the legal meaning of today, and it will all make sense (click on each bill number to read the full legislation). H.B. 87, the Illegal Immigration Reform …
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
The Cobb school superintendent finalist says his salary will be about $237,000 if the Board of Education hires him.
Michael Hinojosa inspires some, offers hope for others and leaves lingering doubts for still others as he finalizes details to become Cobb County’s 20th school superintendent. The Cobb County School District’s sole finalist for superintendent met the media with many answers and greeted the public with plenty of handshakes at Campbell High School’s media center Monday afternoon. Hinojosa, the six-year superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District in Texas, started his first workweek since the Cobb Board of Education announced his selection Thursday by meeting the district’s school principals and the system's Executive Cabinet, then had lunch with school board members. He spent the final 75 minutes of his whirlwind tour at …