By D.A. King, October 22, 2021
A Washington friend asked me to explain what is happening in Georgia with the 2022 race for U.S. Senate related to immigration. I explained that reading the liberal Atlanta Journal Constitution would not give him a full picture.
The story so far.
Elected in 2010, career Big Ag lobbyist and Georgia’s current Commissioner of Agriculture, Gary Black, went to Washington in 2011 and recommended to a U.S. Senate panel that illegal alien farm labor be legalized. They should be required to remain in the farm industry to keep their renewable work permits, he said.
See here for a link to Black’s Senate testimony.
Gary Black is now a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate to replace Democrat Raphael Warnock.
Agriculture is Georgia’s largest industry. Republicans control the state Capitol – as much as the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and Big Ag allow.
Georgia media treats Black’s amnesty and indentured servitude advocacy as a closely guarded secret. This includes the uber-liberal Atlanta Journal Constitution — and some establishment Republican talk show hosts.
Black is the donor class choice for the 2022 Republican senate primary, which is illustrated by the fact that former Governor Nathan Deal has endorsed him. So have about 75 Georgia sheriffs and a long list of Republican state legislators – few of whom, we suspect, are aware of his past call for amnesty. We think it likely that few care.
Enter Trump-pushed senate hopeful — and now front-runner — Herschel Walker, a Georgia football icon who finally announced his own candidacy in late August. Big on “unity,” Walker was slow to put out any real campaign platform or positions on “issues” until news broke this week about his past call for immigration amnesty.
Yesterday, the liberal AJC ran a story on Walker and a 2015 statement he made regarding amnesty.
“He told USA Today in August 2015 that he supports Trump’s idea of building a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico but disagreed with his plan to deport millions of immigrants living in the country illegally. He also said then that he’d back a proposal that enables such immigrants to earn citizenship,” the AJC reports.
As of October 19, the AJC has still not reported on Black’s amnesty advocacy or the indentured servitude angle. I waited until the daily AJC political blog was posted this A.M. to put this up. No mention of Gary Black’s call for amnesty.
It’s a good bet the liberal AJC plans on keeping Black’s secret as long as they can. Meanwhile, pro-amnesty Democrat incumbent Warnock has raised $9 million for 2022.
The Herschel Walker camp has not disputed or backed away from his 2015 comments on amnesty but has put out a statement that includes the following moldy-oldie dodge:
“America is a nation of immigrants, and Herschel strongly supports those who follow the process to legally enter this country,” said Walker campaign spokesperson Mallory Blount. “He has several dear friends who have done so. We have a humanitarian and illegal immigration crisis at our southern border that career politicians have created.”
“When you have a leak, you fix it. Any conversations about immigration have to start with finally securing our southern border and Herschel will work to make that happen, unlike our current senators.” – Capitol Beat News Service
We don’t think the advisors in Walker’s campaign have a clue about visa overstays or that more than half of the illegal aliens in the U.S. today did not come over the border illegally. Neither do voters. It’s not included in the “news” from the AJC.
Also relevant is a October 4, 2021, AJC story finally breaking the news that some pro-enforcement Georgia Republicans are not happy with the betrayal by Gov. Brian Kemp. A large, Atlanta-area GOP group censured the Republican Governor for, among other things, ignoring his detailed 2018 campaign promises on illegal immigration.
The agenda-driven AJC editor’s headline described Kemp’s pledge to go after “criminal illegals” and sanctuary cities as being “anti-immigration.” It helps outsiders’ understanding of “news” in Atlanta to know the AJC served as chair for a MALDEF fundraiser here.
We are desperately seeking pro-enforcement candidates for the U.S. Senate and governor – we refer to our GOP-ruled state as ‘Georgiafornia.’
This article was originally published at Immigration Politics Georgia.
D.A. King lives in Marietta, Georgia, and is president of the Dustin Inman Society.