Please take a moment this morning to call Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston regarding HB 136 a bill whose original intention was the straightforward codification of driver’s license laws but was hijacked by Representative Alan Powell in the last 15 minutes of the House Motor Vehicles Committee on Tuesday. Representative Powell’s amendment drastically changed HB 136 to one that “brands” the driver’s licenses of otherwise lawful residents with “NON CITIZEN” boldly across the front. Not only is this an expensive and wasteful use of our taxes but is intentional in its shaming of lawful permanent residents, asylees, refugees, domestic violence victims, and foreign employees such as those that work with Porsche, Mercedes, and Kia. This is another attempt of Georgia legislators going out of their way to ensure we stand out as unwelcoming.
Please call Speaker Ralston’s office at (404) 656-5020 and state…..Please ask Speaker Ralston to hold HB 136 without further action and publicly take a stand in vocal opposition to all current and forthcoming anti-immigrant bills.
After calling (or if you do not call still send the email anyway) send an email to Speaker Ralston at email@example.com AND Representative Powell at firstname.lastname@example.org together with the following (or a personal version of it) and a subject line of “HB 136”:
Speaker Ralston and Representative Powell,
I do not appreciate the legislative stunt pulled in the House Motor Vehicles Committee meeting on Tuesday to add “NON CITIZEN” to Georgia driver’s licenses. Please hold HB 136 without further action and publicly take a stand in vocal opposition to all current and forthcoming anti-immigration bills. HB 136 and bills like it are an anathema to Georgia’s founding and our longstanding reputation for hospitality. I welcome all newcomers, including refugees and immigrants, to Georgia and to my community and expect the state legislature to reflect those ideals.
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