Yesterday Matt Ramsey introduced yet another substitute for the Senate passed version of HB 87. His substitute eviscerated the work done by the Senate on this bill, which had ameliorated some of its more unconstitutional and illegal provisions, and eliminated the business destroying E-Verify requirement. In speaking to a reporter after his substitute passed the House, effectively without debate or even time to review his substitute, Rep. Ramsey said this:
“The Senate… took out many of the provisions that we worked very hard on as part of the comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2011,” Ramsey told the House moments before its vote. “They made some curious changes at best. What this amendment does is it restores the well-thought-out, well-reasoned legislation that we passed several weeks ago out of the House.”
one of the most important provisions of his bill because many illegal immigrants come to Georgia to find work.
Rep. Ramsey also tried to say that he exempted Churches from the potential charges of Harboring, Transporting or Inducing an Alien, but he either did not read the language he inserted into the bill, did not understand it from a legal perspective, or simply lied about it. He has now exempted
“an employer transporting an employee who was lawfully hired,” and “a person providing privately funded social services.”