Today is Veto Day for Governor Deal. The last day he can sign or veto legislation passed in this year’s General Assembly.

Please call and write the Governor this morning regarding HB452, the bill 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.

Please call Governor Deal at 404 656 1776 and state…..Please ask Governor Deal to veto the anti-immigrant HB452.

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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