It’s time to tell our legislators we don’t want anti-immigrant legislation.
The Georgia legislature is currently considering three pieces of legislation that would directly affect our immigrant communities here. Two of them are co-sponsored or co-authored by our local senators! Feel free to call Reps. Deborah Gonzalez, Spencer Frye or Jonathan Wallace to make sure they oppose legislation in the House, but Sens. Bill Cowsert and Frank Ginn really need to hear from you to change their minds.
Sen. Bill Cowsert, 46 (R) 404-463-1366
Sen. Frank Ginn, 47 (R) 404-656-4700
Rep. Deborah Gonzalez, 117 (D) 404-656-0220
Rep. Spencer Frye, 118 (D) 404-656-0265
Rep. Jonathan Wallace, 119 (D) 404-656-0109
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Senate Resolution 587 proposes an amendment to the state constitution that would declare English the official language of Georgia and prohibit requiring any language other than English in government documents. Sen. Bill Cowsert is a co-sponsor of this resolution.
Senate Bill 161 calls for a redesign of Georgia driver’s licenses and state IDs to distinguish noncitizens further from U.S. citizens. This bill makes private personal information public to anyone. The Georgia Budget & Policy Institute estimates that ID redesigns will waste $1 million in tax dollars. Sen. Frank Ginn is an author and sponsor of this bill.
Finally, House Bill 66 would raise fees on out-of-state wire transfers. This bill, which has stalled before but seems to be making a comeback, disproportionately affects immigrants sending money back to family and friends in other countries.
Personalized calls are more effective than multiple calls reading the same script, so express your personal feelings frankly! Here is an example script that you can build off of or use:
My name is [NAME], calling from [CITY]. I’m calling today because I want you to oppose anti-immigrant legislation like Senate Resolution 587 and Senate Bill 161 [or House Bill 66]. These bills unnecessarily target our immigrant communities, making our state even more unwelcoming and harmful to our friends from other countries.
Thank you for the chance to share my concerns.
Feel free to modify the script, depending on whom you’re calling.
Please call them TODAY.
TELL THEM: Oppose anti-immigrant legislation.
Thanks for caring,
Legislative Action Network
Athens for Everyone
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