Lawmakers approve professional licenses for illegal immigrants after lobbying from Chamber of Commerce

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ATLANTA, GA – Georgia Lawmakers  passed a series of bills last week that would allow illegal aliens in Georgia to apply for and obtain professional licenses. The bills now sit on the Governor’s desk for signature.

The Center for Immigration Studies called that action by the Georgia legislature concerning:

“Georgia’s state legislature — unless Gov. Brian Kemp takes corrective action — has made it easier for illegal aliens to get professional licenses in several occupations.

“While the actual negative labor market impacts (in terms of numbers) are modest, the symbolism is huge.”

The series of bills would allow illegal aliens to obtain professional licenses from the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office to work as counselors, social workers, therapists, speech pathologists, audiologists, occupational therapists, and other jobs.

In an article by The Center for Immigration Studies titled “Georgia Legislature Makes It Easier for Illegals to Get Professional Licenses,” David North writes:

“At the moment, three parallel bills (HB 34, HB 268, and HB 395) have been passed by an inattentive legislature and are on the governor’s desk for signature, veto, or becoming law without his signature.

“The governor, who supported the earlier statutes on keeping illegal aliens out of these professions, has not made his position clear on the current matter.”

Georgia activist D.A. King with the Dustin Inman Society posted two letters from the executives with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce that lobbied state lawmakers to pass the legislative package.

The first letter was written by Chamber of Commerce Chief Public Affairs Officer David Raynor, who wrote to the Georgia House members:

“The Georgia Chamber of Commerce respectfully requests your favorable consideration in supporting House Bill 34… House Bill 34 would increase public access to audiology and speech language pathology be recognizing other states’ licenses in allowing these practitioners to operate in the state. “

The second letter written by Raynor asked for support from the Georgia House for House Bill 268, which allow out of state professional licenses to be honored for occupational therapists as well.

Neither of the letters points out that the changes to the law would allow illegal aliens to obtain these professional licenses. The Center for Immigration Studies explained that current Georgia law was carefully constructed to avoid allowing illegal aliens from obtaining these licenses:

“Georgia currently has a carefully constructed technique for seeing to it that those illegally present in the U.S. do not get state professional licenses for a large range of regulated occupations, such as professional counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists and audiologists.

“In effect, the Georgia legislature has deferred to these highly specialized professional associations the right to regulate who can work in these professions in the State of Georgia. Unfortunately, legislative eyes glazed over as the not-very-stimulating question of who can practice speech-language pathology in the state was discussed.”

North explained that the Chamber of Commerce used “sneaky” maneuvering to pass the bill package:

“Through a sneaky, indirect legislative maneuver, that structure is in danger of being demolished by causing Georgia to enter inter-state compacts on licensing these professions; by signing on to these compacts, the state would lose its current power to deny licenses to illegal aliens.

“The bills were sold to the legislature, according to immigration activist D.A. King, by stressing some of their other features, such as making it easier for military spouses to practice their professions in Georgia.”

North said that if the bills become law in the state, people might start paying closure attention to the issue of illegal immigration:

“There is a bit of irony here. For decades, the middle and upper classes in this country have paid little attention to massive flows of illegal aliens into the labor market, on the grounds that all those unskilled workers will not impact their livelihood personally, hence our scanty enforcement of immigration laws.

“But now, at least in Georgia, a few illegals will be able to start competing with the professionals. Will the citizen professionals notice?”

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Biden administration purging ‘non-inclusive’ words like ‘illegal aliens’ from official speeches, documents

February 18, 2021

 

WASHINGTON, DC – In a complete reversal from the Trump administration’s hardline and straightforward approach to immigration, the Biden administration is banning officials from using words offensive to illegal aliens, such as “illegal aliens.”

Axios has obtained emails sent by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officials advising staff to avoid the use of terms the administration has decided are not “more inclusive” in reference to federal immigration law. For example, the administration wants officials to replace the word “alien” with “noncitizens.”

According to an email sent Tuesday to (USCIS) officials, acting Director Tracy Renaud signed a memorandum stating:

“(Officials should use) more inclusive language in the agency’s outreach efforts, internal documents and in overall communication with stakeholders, partners and the general public.”

Other words being censored by the Biden administration include replacing “undocumented noncitizens” or “undocumented individuals” rather than “illegal aliens.”

Also, the administration has instructed officials to avoid the word “assimilation” by using “integration or civic integration.”

Renaud also instructed USCIS staff to refer to foreign nationals applying for green cards for permanent U.S. residency as “customers.” Critics say the new term creates the false impression that the agency is selling citizenship because USCIS charges fees.

Renaud’s memo is the latest in a trend by Biden’s team to restrict the words used by officials. In January, The Washington Post reported on a memo sent by the acting assistant director of domestic operations at Homeland Security Investigations that sent a memo to ICE agents ordering them to avoid the use of the word “undocumented.”

David Shaw said the changes were “an effort to align with current guidance and to ensure consistency in reporting.” The acting director’s order restricted the term from all official documents, memos, and emails.

The memo permitted the continued use of “migrant” and “refugee” but instruct agents to avoid the word “alien smuggling,” saying those that sneak illegal immigrants into the country should be referred to as “human smuggling.”

Shaw ordered:

“These changes should be implemented immediately in all products and correspondence.”

Rosemary Jenks, vice president at NumbersUSA, which advocates for stricter immigration limits, called the censorship “absurd”:

“I would think HSI would have more important things to do than this absurd effort to remove legal language from their vocabulary.

“Last I checked, we still have far too many dangerous criminal aliens, sex traffickers, smugglers and other threats to public safety and national security operating in the United States for HSI to be focused on becoming more woke.”

In another example of Democrats censoring language, a group of House Democrats is seeking to ban the term “alien” and “illegal alien” from use by any federal agency. Eleven members of the House Hispanic Caucus, led by Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX), have filed a bill to eliminate the terms from use when referring to non-citizens.

H.R. 457, filed on January 25, is titled “Correcting Hurtful and Alienating Names in Government Expression Act,” or CHANGE Act. The bill was introduced as:

“(A law) to prohibit Executive agencies from using the derogatory term ‘alien’ to refer to an individual who is not a citizen or national of the United States, to amend chapter 1 of title 1, United States Code, to establish a uniform definition for the term ‘foreign national’, and for other purposes.”

Ordering officials to censor language is made difficult when those officials need to work within the framework of federal law. Former Trump administration official Robert Law, now working at the Center for Immigration Studies, explained the conflict:

“By statute, ‘alien’ literally means a person not a U.S. citizen or national. That is not offensive, and neither is ‘assimilation.”

A ban on the use of the term “alien” would mean ICE officials and other agencies could not use the term “illegal alien” when referring to those inside the country illegally. Federal law defines those inside the country as “illegal aliens,” creating a conflict between the ban and officials’ ability to cite the law in documents.

President Biden has supported efforts within his government to censor words deemed offensive and non-inclusive. His immigration legislation reads:

“The bill further recognizes America as a nation of immigrants by changing the word ‘alien’ to ‘noncitizen’ in our immigration laws.”

 

 


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