Apologies again for the repetition but unfortunately this is what is required to ensure the Governor hears our collective voice. And our setback with HB 37 means we need to ensure this even more damaging bill is not signed.

Unfortunately now that HB452, creating a public registry of non-citizens/legal residents; ostensibly to facilitate their detention and deportation. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation would be in charge of maintaining and publishing this list instead of focusing on protecting us and solving crimes, passed both houses this legislative session it is with the Governor for his signature.

Please call Governor Deal at 404 656 1776 and state…..Please ask Governor Deal to veto the anti-immigrant bill HB452. This bill further exacerbates the xenophobic rhetoric making its way through our state and country. I welcome all newcomers, including refugees and immigrants, to Georgia and to our community and expect the Governor to reflect those same ideals.

After calling send an email to Governor Deal using the drop down topic of “Immigration”. Also feel free to leave blank or add your organization and relationship to organization. And do not click the button declining a response. If you get a response feel free to add it to the comments on this page.

Governor Deal,

Please veto the anti-immigrant bill HB452.

HB452, goes to great lengths to ensure Georgia is viewed as an unwelcoming state and will encumber the Georgia Bureau of Investigation by focusing their efforts on maintaining and publishing this list instead of focusing on protecting us and solving crimes.

This bill requires the state to proactively spread personal information into communities creating an atmosphere of distrust and discrimination against undocumented households. During the House committee hearing this bill, and our undocumented neighbors, were equated with the Sex Offenders Registry and those listed on it. 

This bill is intended to ensure that communities, including local law enforcement, are provoked into remaining vocally opposed to our undocumented families so they remain in consistent fear. Providing personal information, including the home address, on entire undocumented households because one member was released from detention, is a tool clearly designed to institute fear into communities and encourage harassment. 

I welcome all newcomers, including refugees and immigrants, to Georgia and to my community and expect the state legislature to reflect those same ideals.

Again please veto HB452.

Thank You,

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