Opinion: Governor should veto Georgia’s ‘mean-spirited, divisive’ sanctuary campus bill

Students around the country are concerned about the safety of immigrants on their campuses. This is a recent protest in Texas.
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Shelley Rose is the interim regional director for the Anti-Defamation League, Southeast Region. In this guest column, Rose condemns House Bill 37, which would restrict funds for Georgia colleges that violate state and federal law by adopting polices that protect students living in the country illegally.

The bill passed the General Assembly and awaits the governor’s signature. Nathan Deal had not signed the bill as of Tuesday.

By Shelley Rose

Gov. Nathan Deal is now considering House Bill 37, which targets undocumented immigrant students by prohibiting private colleges and universities from adopting so-called “sanctuary policies.”

This legislation should be vetoed because it will put campus safety at risk and undermine Georgia’s reputation and economy.

House Bill 37 effectively involves private colleges and universities, including religiously affiliated institutions, in enforcement of federal immigration law. It bars such institutions from adopting “any rule” that prohibits or restricts employees or officials from providing information “… relevant to the identity or location of an individual who is reasonably believed to be … illegally residing in the United States” to federal law enforcement or authorities. Of course, institution employees encompass campus police or safety personnel.

Local law enforcement cannot effectively do its job without establishing and maintaining trust with the communities they serve. And entangling local authorities with immigration enforcement jeopardizes that trust. House Bill 37 would undoubtedly cause undocumented students to distrust or even fear campus law enforcement or officials, which would deter such students from reporting criminal acts or violations of institution polices.

The legislation would not only make undocumented students uniquely vulnerable to crime and abuse, but it would put campus communities at greater risk. Undocumented students, as well as their family members and friends who have immigration status, would refrain from having any contact with campus authorities, including reporting crime or coming forward as a witness to a crime.  When immigrant communities start to fear local authorities, rather than to trust them, society in general becomes less safe.

If campus safety is not sufficient reason to veto this legislation, then the harm to Georgia’s reputation and economy should be. Our state’s private colleges and universities attract a diversity of talented and bright students and professors from around the world. But House Bill 37 would convey the unmistakable message that foreign students and professors are unwelcome because Georgia is anti-immigrant. It also will place professors, teaching assistants, dormitory resident assistants and even classmates who are employed by an institution in the untenable position of having to “out” students as undocumented.

It is well-documented that immigrants, particular highly skilled immigrants, are entrepreneurial and critical to economic advancement and growth. However, the hostile anti-immigrant environment created by House Bill 37 would put off foreign students from attending Georgia institutions and compel current students to leave. Similarly, it would motivate professors whether foreign-born or U.S. citizens to leave or not consider our state’s private institutions for their careers. Such a brain drain would undoubtedly be injurious to Georgia’s economy.

Perhaps next legislative session the General Assembly will put more focus on measures that unite Georgians to move the state forward. But in the interim, Gov. Deal should veto this harmful, divisive and mean-spirited legislation.

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William Mouret
William Mouret

I for one am tired of paying for other people's education. While I sell everything I own to pay for my own \U0001f621\U0001f621\U0001f621\U0001f621\U0001f621\U0001f621 children's education

An American Patriot
An American Patriot

This legislation should be vetoed because it will put campus safety at risk and undermine Georgia’s reputation and economy.


Your explanation is not backed up by any facts......."just the facts, ma'am", just the facts.


Lee_CPA2
Lee_CPA2

Sounds like little Shelley Rose needs some crayons.... and a puppy.

Chandramouli Chandrasekaran
Chandramouli Chandrasekaran

Cant we have some common sense immigration reform. I dont see why illegals should be given education with our tax dollars. At the same time deporting them makes no sense. They are hard working people doing jobs which we wont do. Huge sectors of the economy argriculture, construction etc benefit from their cheap labor. . Issue visas for temp labourers liberally but no tax dollars for their kids education etc. We need them. For those who think they take our jobs, u need to go back to school.

Jan Marynowski
Jan Marynowski

Any organization that willingly breaks State or Federal law should be punished.

Jan Marynowski
Jan Marynowski

None of them say that he hired them. Try again. Next time educate yourself first before you open your mouth because you are looking very foolish.

Jan Marynowski
Jan Marynowski

Jim Hannas, as I said before you are a troll and next time educate yourself first before you open your mouth because you are looking very foolish.

Jim Hannas
Jim Hannas

You're going to take down a lot of small businesses. Yay!

Jim Hannas
Jim Hannas

Nate Smith I'm so glad you feel that way. Now I get to inform you that President Trump used undocumented labor. I appreciate your perspective.

Jan Marynowski
Jan Marynowski

Jim Hannas, as usual you are wrong. One of his hired contractor did. Big difference.

Jim Hannas
Jim Hannas

Yep Jan, his contractors quoted low labor prices based on undocumented labor and Donald Trump had no idea how they could deliver labor at such a low price. I can understand how you were so easily fooled Jan.

Jim Hannas
Jim Hannas

And it wasn't once Jan... it occurred over many years. Why do you always attempt to excuse the inexcusable... so sad...

Jan Marynowski
Jan Marynowski

That doesn't not change the facts that he didn't use undocumented labor himself, so check your facts first. Don't make stupid statements.

Jim Hannas
Jim Hannas

Nor does this article cover the intervening decades where he continued to hire undocumented labor via his careful selection of contractors. Educate yourself... bimbo

Jan Marynowski
Jan Marynowski

Only morons like you would use amp.time.net as a source. You are an idiot. Not shocking for a libtard.

Jim Hannas
Jim Hannas

It was also reportedly in the Wall Street Journal and on Fox News. Your move bimbo.

Jan Marynowski
Jan Marynowski

Proved then WSJ said that he hired them himself, your move moron.

Jim Hannas
Jim Hannas

You clearly have a comprehension problem - which explains a lot. Like my posts have consistently stated and these articles state, he consistently chose companies that hired undocumented labor, he knew this was occuring and has been lying about it for decades. He knows some of his voters are too dense to understand this or too lazy to educate themselves.

Jan Marynowski
Jan Marynowski

Jim Hannas, you have comprehension problem in your first post implying that he hired undocumented labor and that's is not a fact. I'm still waiting when did Trump hire himself undocumented labor. NEVER. STFUP.

Jim Hannas
Jim Hannas

You probably aren't aware how medium to large sized business works. You are responsible for what you and your contractors do. He clearly, knowingly hired the contaractors that subcontractors out to undocumented labor. Unless he can claim amnisia on a regular basis - he directly made the decision here. So you're saying that he didn't call these undocumented folks into his office and interview the frontline workers? That is your excuse? And I thought the GOP was the party of personal accountability. I guess not.

Jan Marynowski
Jan Marynowski

You are a troll. No proof that he knowingly hire the contractors that had undocumented labor. As usual you have no idea what you are talking about and we know that democrats are not a party of personal accountability.

Jim Hannas
Jim Hannas

Soooo, which time do you think he should have been aware??? After settling the first lawsuit? Or maybe the first few articles that pointed it out? Maybe the first time he saw a super-low labor quote?? You probably don't even know that he doesn't like to hire 'Americans', he gets foreign labor on worker's visas (leagally in this case - shocking, I know) because he can pay them less than good old domestic labor. They guy is a walking paradox and he has foolish lemmings continually making excuses for him. Do you think you'll get some of his wealth by licking the GOP's boots? Good luck with that. BTW - if holding hypocrites accountable for racist and inaccurate information they spew makes me a troll, then I will gladly accept that title.

Jan Marynowski
Jan Marynowski

Jim Hannas, as I said you are a troll and I'm done with you. You should try to think on your own and educate yourself on the topic because you are looking very foolish.

Jim Hannas
Jim Hannas

Thanks for regurgitating my insults. You are exceptionally creative. Be ready, I'm going to drag you on every ignorant post you make gurl!

Jim Hannas
Jim Hannas

Thanks for using my words Jan... again. You are just proving you are nothing but a follower. Keep posting, I'm ready for you!

Jan Marynowski
Jan Marynowski

Jim Hannas, you are a moron. Did you even graduate from high school probably not since your IQ is below 80. Troll.

Russell Smith
Russell Smith

One thing for certain; when you see the word "opinion in the AJC, it will not be followed by a conservative thought.

Jim Wiles
Jim Wiles

There should not be sanctuary for law breakers.

Jim Hannas
Jim Hannas

Make room in jail... for those employers \U0001f644

Daniel Shayder
Daniel Shayder

Colleges: our laws are mean toward violators of our laws and our sovereignty. We will protect them. State: we're withholding monies because of your sanctuary policies. Colleges: You big meanie!

Joseph Schriefer
Joseph Schriefer

So basically the author of this article is cool with colleges violating the law. How embarrassing

MotocrossSurvivor
MotocrossSurvivor

Jewish organizations always support non-white population increases, even when it violates established law.  If these laws are to be ignored, then why bother with the laws or borders anymore?

MotocrossSurvivor
MotocrossSurvivor

@OriginalProf @MotocrossSurvivor Because they are constantly pushing for non-white immigration, illegal and otherwise.  No other groups are known for that.  The real question is why did you make your comment?  Do you support violating law for your desires?

PJ25
PJ25

It must be nice to pick and choose which federal laws you want to abide by to get ahead in life. 

USMC2841
USMC2841

Which other federal laws should private schools be sanctuaries from?  Who gets to determine if it's a "real" law or just one of those that we can't get rid of?  Elect officials that will put on their big person underwear and pass a new law.  Until then.  They're illegal.

Starik
Starik

@USMC2841 In the meantime, they're important. They do work that this country needs. There's no need to persecute them and their kids for being "illegal."

Starik
Starik

@Astropig @Starik @USMC2841 Not all laws are created equal; was the civil rights movement of the '60s OK with you? We've had three recent Presidents who happily evaded the draft laws, how's that?

Astropig
Astropig

@Starik @Astropig @USMC2841


In the 1960's southern racists did the exact thing that this prof wants us to do-create safe havens for lawbreakers in Mississippi and other pockets of the south.Denying civil rights and killing was fine-just do here in the right area.It took the federal government enforcing laws  to re-establish the rule of law.


Yes- all laws are created equal-they can be amended,repealed or abolished because they were passed by the people's representatives.It's too bad that you only want to follow the ones you agree with.

Astropig
Astropig

@Starik @USMC2841


"They do work that this country needs."


They sure do.Kick out illegals and the price of new home construction would double overnight.(That's not Astropig talking,that's the National Association Of Home Builders president,but I do agree with him). But that's not the issue...


...The issue is the law, which is not a "pick and choose" proposition.We're a nation of laws,not a nation of doing what feels good on some random date.If the law on immigration is bad-change the darn law,but don't tell citizens that there is a protected class of people that can violate our laws and we should just turn the other way.Without the rule of law,this is not the U.S.A.The answer,as some of us have tried to point out ad nauseam  is for third world crapholes to change their  policies to keep their citizens content.

AlreadySheared
AlreadySheared


*House Bill 37, which targets undocumented immigrant students by prohibiting private colleges and universities from adopting so-called “sanctuary policies.”*


The nerve of our state legislature, passing a bill supporting federal immigration law and prohibiting private colleges from thumbing their noses at same.

Doesn't the legislature know that, since those colleges are private, they are ABOVE the law?  What a bunch of ignorant, xenophobic, racist rubes!


Astropig
Astropig

In my earlier career as a bail bondsman,I noticed that lawbreakers could always justify their illegal acts and their enablers could always blame the people in law enforcement that held them accountable.It was never the fault of the person that broke the law-No, it was the fault of the people upholding the law.It was the unique human capacity to turn the laws and norms of society on its head and blame the people that held those laws and norms important.


Same here.

BillWages
BillWages

Don't believe illegal students should be here at all. Encouraging students that breaking the law is okay is not helpful. I am not sure a bill is necessary to enforce existing laws!...AJC should not publish articles like this one! drivel at best!

UncleMike
UncleMike

Its pretty mean spirited to break the law...

Reina King
Reina King

Mean-spirited? To state for public record that we stand behind the young men and women in our community who have contributed to its progress?