Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Cobb Commissioners are thinking about ways to keep tax dollars out of the hands of illegal immigrants.
After a 3-2 vote last month against the IMAGE Certification Program, the Cobb Board of Commissioners is now considering ways to stop county funds from going to illegal immigrants. Discussion led by District 1 Commissioner Helen Goreham on forming a committee to study illegal immigrants is expected to be on the agenda for the next board meeting. County Chairman Tim Lee told The Marietta Daily Journal that Goreham's proposal is "in response to the proposed IMAGE code amendment" to make sure the county is doing the right thing and being "effective and efficient" when it comes to this matter. Last month, the board voted 3-2 to reject the IMAGE Certification Program, a proposed code change that supporters say would ensure jobs paid for with …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Fernando Wise was removed after refusing to give his name during a public hearing.
A Cobb County man was released after being escorted from the Cobb Board of Commissioner's meeting Tuesday night in handcuffs when he refused to give his name during a public hearing. "There is nothing in the first amendment requiring me to give my name to speak," Fernando Wise said. Chairman Tim Lee, who asked Cobb County police officers to remove Wise from the meeting room, said there are processes and procedures that must be followed. "I apologize it has to come to this, but we must be consistent," he said. Members of the standing room only crowd yelled, "Let him go!" as Wise was escorted from the room. In the foyer, residents in favor of allowing backyard poultry in Cobb County - of which Wise's father, Lamar, is a member - gathered, …
Monday, August 13, 2012
Cobb activist Rich Pellegrino discusses immigration related issues and shares things you might not have known about him.
Do you agree with Rich Pellegrino on the immigration issues discussed in the video? What are some of the causes you are passionate about? Speak out in the comments!
Monday, May 21, 2012
The county is leading Georgia in entering a federal program for improved verification that employees are legal to work.
Monday, May 21, 2012
The Cobb County commissioners are set to enter an agreement with federal officials Tuesday night to ensure all county employees are in the country legally and are eligible to work. Cobb is the first local government in Georgia to use the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Mutual Agreement, or IMAGE, program. East Cobb Commissioner Bob Ott, who pushed for the program, said he hopes the county can be a leader for others. The county has used the federal E-Verify program to check on worker status since 2006, but Ott said the IMAGE program will go further. Though it will initially be used only with county employees, Ott told The Marietta Daily Journal he hopes it will be used to prevent situations like the one during the construction of …