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Update from Tonna Harris-Bosselmann on HB 59 and HB 87

  • 02/23/2011 10:41 AM
    Message # 531435

    February 23, 2011

    Update from Tonna-Harris Bosselmann –  

    (Leader of Georgia TESOL’s Socio-Political Concerns Interest Section)

    As I'm sure many of you know, there has been a blitz of new bills this legislative session that target immigrants, mostly from the House, but some from the Senate, too.

    The main ones we are watching now are HB 59 - which would ban undocumented immigrants from attending higher ed in the state - and HB 87 - which is an "Arizona-style" piece of legislation, complete with racial profiling, e-verify, and a criminalization of those who "encourage, transport, or harbor" undocumented immigrants in our state.

    There have been several hearings regarding HB 87. Currently it is in committee, and a new version should be presented soon.

    HB 59 went to the House Higher Education Committee, where, in spite of many testimonies against it, including an argument from the Chancellor of the Board of Regents that any concerns citizens could have were already being addressed by BOR policy, it passed. It is now in "Rules" and could go to the full House for a vote anytime. (See summary of that hearing below.)

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/G/GA_IMMIGRATION_COLLEGES_GAOL-?SITE=GAGAI&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

    The situation with all of these bills is very fluid, changing daily.

    The best thing you can do RIGHT NOW is contact your Representative and let him/her know your concerns about these bills. If you need any specific talking points, please let me know. If you aren't sure who your state Rep is, you can go to votesmart.org.

    If HB 59 passes the full House, we will be targeting the Senators on the Higher Education Committee. It would be great if teachers, ideally the Senators' own constituents, would visit them, preferably WITH STUDENTS, so they can see with their own eyes who this bill would hurt.

    If you would like to be more actively involved in fighting bills that hurt our students and their families, as well as all of society, please let me know.

    Many thanks,
    Tonna, Chair GATESOL Socio-Political Concerns Interest Section

    Tonna Harris-Bosselmann
    Assistant Professor and ESL Coordinator
    Students for a Progressive Society Advisor

    Gainesville State College
    3280 Mundy Mill Rd.
    Oakwood, GA 30566

    Academic III, Room 179
    Office - 678-717-3942
    FAX - 678-717-3999

    "It is better to understand people than to judge them" -- Mario Vargas Llosa
    "It is the duty of the majority to protect the rights of the minority."

  • 03/08/2011 1:32 PM
    Reply # 541504 on 531435
    Anonymous
    Heather Boldt wrote:

    February 23, 2011

    Update from Tonna-Harris Bosselmann –  

    (Leader of Georgia TESOL’s Socio-Political Concerns Interest Section)

    As I'm sure many of you know, there has been a blitz of new bills this legislative session that target immigrants, mostly from the House, but some from the Senate, too.

    The main ones we are watching now are HB 59 - which would ban undocumented immigrants from attending higher ed in the state - and HB 87 - which is an "Arizona-style" piece of legislation, complete with racial profiling, e-verify, and a criminalization of those who "encourage, transport, or harbor" undocumented immigrants in our state.

    There have been several hearings regarding HB 87. Currently it is in committee, and a new version should be presented soon.

    HB 59 went to the House Higher Education Committee, where, in spite of many testimonies against it, including an argument from the Chancellor of the Board of Regents that any concerns citizens could have were already being addressed by BOR policy, it passed. It is now in "Rules" and could go to the full House for a vote anytime. (See summary of that hearing below.)

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/G/GA_IMMIGRATION_COLLEGES_GAOL-?SITE=GAGAI&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

    The situation with all of these bills is very fluid, changing daily.

    The best thing you can do RIGHT NOW is contact your Representative and let him/her know your concerns about these bills. If you need any specific talking points, please let me know. If you aren't sure who your state Rep is, you can go to votesmart.org.

    If HB 59 passes the full House, we will be targeting the Senators on the Higher Education Committee. It would be great if teachers, ideally the Senators' own constituents, would visit them, preferably WITH STUDENTS, so they can see with their own eyes who this bill would hurt.

    If you would like to be more actively involved in fighting bills that hurt our students and their families, as well as all of society, please let me know.

    Many thanks,
    Tonna, Chair GATESOL Socio-Political Concerns Interest Section

    Tonna Harris-Bosselmann
    Assistant Professor and ESL Coordinator
    Students for a Progressive Society Advisor

    Gainesville State College
    3280 Mundy Mill Rd.
    Oakwood, GA 30566

    Academic III, Room 179
    Office - 678-717-3942
    FAX - 678-717-3999

    "It is better to understand people than to judge them" -- Mario Vargas Llosa
    "It is the duty of the majority to protect the rights of the minority."


    Good info.  The anti-immigrant mood in Georgia right now is scary.  Imagine how our state would suffer economically if all undocumented immigrants left.  They pay rent, utilities, taxes, they buy groceries, clothing, cars, cell phones, etc.  Many Georgians do not know that the IRS gives taxpayer IDs to undocumented workers so they can pay income tax.  So many of my students' parents do their taxes every year just like we do.  Immigrants are not a burden on our state, they are an asset.

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