Mexico, et al. v. Georgia

Earlier this year, the Georgia legislature passed a law, scheduled to go into effect on July 1, dealing with illegal immigrants within the state of Georgia. 

The law, among other provisions, makes it a felony to provide false identity documents, requires that all illegal immigrants be turned over to federal authorities, requires that all businesses verify that employees are eligible to work in the United States.

According to the state,

The Pew Hispanic Center recently estimated that the state’s illegal-immigrant population totaled 425,000.  In a court filing last week, Georgia said it housed approximately 1,100 illegal immigrants in state jails in the past 12 months, incurring a cost of about $16.6 million. The state also said Medicaid expenses incurred in Georgia by illegal immigrants topped $50 million in the most recent fiscal year, roughly doubling from the year before.

Basically, Georgia, as well as many other states referred to in the above link, simply can no longer afford the cost of illegal immigrants.  Here is an excellent interview between Georgia Representative Matt Ramsey, who was instrumental in drafting the bill, and Neil Cavuto which pretty much says it all.

It is not surprising that several civil liberties groups filed suit in federal court to block the implementation of this law.  But, what is surprising is the “entities” that have filed briefs in the court as “amicus curae”.  For those of you  who actually have a life and are not attorneys, an “amicus curae” is a “friend of the court”.  These are people who are not actual parties to the litigation, but who file briefs in favor of one side or the other in an attempt to persuade the court to rule in favor of one side or the other.

Here, 11 amicus briefs were filed urging the court to find the Georgia law unconstitutional.  The 11 amicus briefs were filed by Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Columbia, and, last but not least, Honduras.

Gee, why would those countries think it so important to spend their money trying to keep illegal immigrants in the United States?

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The Sound Off Sister was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and special trial attorney for the Department of Justice, Criminal Division; a partner in the Florida law firm of Shutts & Bowen, and an adjunct professor at the University of Miami, School of Law. The Sound Off Sister offers frequent commentary concerning legislation making its way through Congress, including the health reform legislation passed in early 2010.


  1. sammy22 on June 24, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Gee, SOS. Why don’t you tell us. I am sure that you have an answer: some of us cannot stand the suspense.

  2. Eric on June 24, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Well, I certainly hope the court see’s past the arm twisting and allows the State of GA to manage their affairs without the aid of the international community!

  3. TomL on June 25, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Wow using the figures above Medicaid expenses were $117,000 per person.

  4. RoBrDona on June 25, 2011 at 11:16 am

    1. They are the people their countries DON”T WANT Sammy, many are already felons
    2.?NEW?illegals?are an economic and social drain on America – they cannot stay here
    3. The current law should be enforced – and is not by the feds – states must step up
    4. Push legal documentation and protect businesses and voter rolls
    5. Only those that pass background checks, pay taxes, and speak English can START to be a citizen
    6. If a good faith attempt is not made in a specific period of time to become a citizen, they should be automatically deported – no crying about breaking up families
    7. The strength of America is that it is diverse -?with the caveat?that all immigrators BECOME CITIZENS LEGALLY?
    8. This is not rocket science but the liberal progressives will drag us into oblivion through inaction on these matters

  5. sammy22 on June 25, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Thanks, RoBrDona. I still think that if employers did not hire illegals (or they were prosecuted for doing so), your list would be taken care of.

  6. GdavidH on June 25, 2011 at 7:53 pm


    I think everyone here agrees with your last statement. The problem is?in your belief that all illegals are gainfully employed by legal, yet nefarious, US businesses. You are working with limited vision.??
    Illegals hire?other illegals?to participate in their illegal activities for one thing. It’s an underground economy.?Look at arrest records and jail/prison statistics. Why can’t we automatically deport illegals upon conviction or incarceration? Oh yeh… because of the families they would leave behind. Can’t have that!
    Remember also that a large number are here, living off the social welfare system, being housed and aided by immigrants of questionable status. There is a huge problem with the E-verify problem due to stolen and traded SS info. I have seen this first hand. I have personally seen “employees” terminated for?attempting to “update” their information?The employers are powerless otherwise.?

  7. sammy22 on June 26, 2011 at 11:53 am

    I do not believe that “all illegals are gainfully employed ….” I believe though that employers are not doing as much as they should do to mitigate the problem of employing illegals. Shifting the ” problem” to others, including the underground economy is hardly a solution.

  8. GdavidH on June 26, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    If you believe the employers are not doing enough, what would you suggest, that democrats, and some republicans,?haven’t already shot down? Some of these reps actually fight against any type of?verification. Like I said, I’ve seen first hand how an employer who tries to verify and not hire illegals gets hoodwinked.
    What about the other points mentioned. Hard working illegals are not the ones filling up the jails and prisons. As the SOS points out….Their home countries don’t want them back.

  9. sammy22 on June 26, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Remember the Marielitos (125,000 Cuban escapees) in 1980? Some said that Castro was emptying the Cuban jails and sending those “criminals” to the US. That situation was dealt w/ also though they were Cubans (and not Haitians).

  10. GdavidH on June 26, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Dealt with how? To be honest, I always thought that situation just kinda melted away. I was at that time not too concerned with those types of issues. I was raised by liberals and really had no personal “skin in the game”.

    Staying on topic though, these are not refugees we are talking about. The situation we have today, on the streets and in the prisons ( GANGS and drug cartels)?I would describe as an infestation. These types are not here for the American dream.

  11. SoundOffSister on June 26, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    I lived in Miami when President Carter allowed the Marielitos on our shores…basically Dade County, Florida.? He washed his hands of the mess and left it to the taxpayers of Dade County and the State of Florida to deal with it.? The cost was staggering.?
    Many were hardened criminals who ended up filling our jails and prisons…we paid for that.? Many were in need of housing…we paid for that.? Many were in need of health care…we paid for that.? Many needed education…we paid for that.
    There comes a time when a state or a country has to say, we need to take care of our own, and if there is no more money to take care of others, then, the others who have no legal right to be here, must go.

  12. winnie888 on June 27, 2011 at 5:59 am

    I’m going to go out on a limb here and ask why on God’s green earth are foreign countries permitted to file amicus briefs weighing in on constitutionality of U.S. law?? Isn’t there a bit of a conflict of interest?

  13. sammy22 on June 27, 2011 at 11:51 am

    You’re right SOS, FL and Mia paid for the needs of the Marielitos, and I believe they were absorbed in the communities.

  14. Lynn on June 28, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Hey, I’ve got an idea. How about we use some more pork and build a bridge or even use stimulus money to build rail road tracks that only go one way.? We’ve already got plenty of bridges to no where and we keep Obama happy.? We can lure the illegals with false promises. That can keep the politicians busy. It’s a win-win

  15. Don Lombardo on June 28, 2011 at 10:21 am

    The USA plays Mexico in soccer – in Los Angeles – and the USA is booed. Nice, Americans are visitors in their own country.

  16. PatRiot on June 28, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    @ Winnie888??? Someone’s gonna have to ‘splain it to me too.?
    ???? The civil liberties groups should stop and think for a minute:? illegal is not being civil and therefore do not deserve the groups’ support.
    And if they are so bent on helping – how many of them sponsor immigrants through the naturalization program?


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