PDF Version

Immigrant Advocates Oppose “Adios Amazon” Bills

Anti-immigrant legislation could spell goodbye to Georgia’s dream of HQ2


Atlanta, GA, January 24, 2018 — Atlanta, GA - ACLU of Georgia, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta, CAIR Georgia, Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies (CRSA), and GALEO will host a press conference on Thursday, January 25, to discuss how legislation currently being considered in the Georgia legislature could have long-lasting repercussions for Georgia’s economy.

What: Press Conference by ACLU of Georgia, Advancing Justice-Atlanta, CAIR GA, CRSA, and GALEO

Time: 10:30 am, January 25, 2018

Location: Coverdell Legislative Office Building, Room 514

Speakers:

Various state representatives

Aisha Yaqoob, Policy Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta

Stephanie Jackson Ali, Policy Chair, Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies

Murtaza Khwaja, Staff Attorney, CAIR Georgia

Chris Bruce, Policy Counsel, ACLU of Georgia

Maria Palacios, Policy Analyst & Leadership Program Coordinator, GALEO

Proposed legislation including H.B. 66, S.B. 161, and S.R. 587 would directly target Georgia’s immigrant community members. H.B. 66 imposes a fee, or tax, on money transmission transactions for individuals. This bill, if enacted, would levy a tax of $10 (or 2% of the total transfer amount for transactions above $500) on money transfers outside the State of Georgia. Additionally, S.B. 161, differentiates between citizen and noncitizen licenses by changing the orientation: citizen cards will be horizontal, and noncitizen cards will be vertical.

Lastly, S.R. 587, would make English the official language of the state and require all state officers and agencies to conduct official business and communication in English only.

Immigrant rights advocates suggest these bills echo the anti-immigrant sentiment that has come out of the legislature for the past many years. In addition, they worry that these bills could cause Amazon, which recently placed Atlanta on the shortlist for the location of its second worldwide headquarters, to reconsider the state as a choice open and welcoming for their international workforce. Furthermore, these bills would place additional burdens on immigrant-owned small businesses and families.

A January 2017 article in the Seattle Times, stated that over 40% of the tech workforce in Seattle – the site of Amazon’s current headquarters – is foreign-born, populations that would be directly affected by anti-welcoming bills currently in the Georgia legislature.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta is the first and only legal advocacy nonprofit dedicated to the civil rights of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders in Georgia and the Southeast. We work in four major program areas: public policy; legal education and support; civic engagement; and defense of rights FOR Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and other underserved communities. You can read more about us at www.advancingjustice-atlanta.org

July 2, 2018: Americans Must Protect Its 50 Year Legacy of Reuniting Immigrant Families in the U.S. Who’ve Made This Country Strong

June 29, 2018: New #ValueOurFamilies Coalition Unite to Defend Family Immigration and Protect Family Unity

June 28, 2018: IMMIGRANT RIGHTS GROUPS URGE THE RELEASE OF SOUTH ASIAN ASYLUM SEEKERS AND BRING ATTENTION TO SECOND HUNGER STRIKE IN GEORGIA DETENTION CENTERS

June 26, 2018: Asian Americans Advancing Justice Condemns Supreme Court Decision on Muslim Ban

June 22, 2018: INDIAN ASYLUM SEEKERS IN ICE CUSTODY BEGIN SECOND HUNGER STRIKE AT FOLKSTON ICE PROCESSING FACILITY

June 22, 2018: Despite 193-231 Failed Floor Vote, Rep. Woodall and Rep. Handel Votes YES for Goodlatte’s Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Family Bill, Goes On Record As A Soldier for Trump’s Mass Deportation Force

June 20, 2018: Immigrant Rights Groups Mourn the Death of Vietnamese Detainee

June 20, 2018: Immigrant Rights Groups Mourn the Death of Vietnamese Detainee_in Vietnamese

June 20, 2018: Trump’s Executive Order STILL Jails Children and Their Parents

June 13, 2018: Goodlatte’s Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Family Bill Exposes How Out of Touch House Republicans Are with America

May 31, 2018: PRESS ADVISORY: FAMILIES BELONG TOGETHER NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION RALLY

May 7, 2018: Advancing Justice Condemns Termination of TPS for Honduras

May 1, 2018: Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta presents first ever Halal Korean BBQ Night in Georgia

April 26, 2018: Asian Americans Advancing Justice Urges Congress to Intervene for Nepali TPS Holders

April 25, 2018: Asian Americans Advancing Justice Calls for Permanent Solution to Protect Immigrant Communities

April 25, 2018: Asian Americans Advancing Justice Stands With Impacted Communities As Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Muslim Ban Case, Trump v. Hawaii

April 6, 2018: Advancing Justice Mourns Loss of Senator Daniel Akaka

March 27, 2018: Asian Americans Advancing Justice Will Fight Addition of Citizenship Question in 2020 Census

March 26, 2018: Advocacy Groups and Immigrant Rights Organizations to host press conference against Senate Bill 452

March 22, 2018: Advancing Justice-Atlanta Organizes 5th Annual Non-Partisan Candidate Training on March 24-25

March 16, 2018: Asian Americans Advancing Justice Demands Apology from Secretary Zinke for Ignorant Remark Directed at Congresswoman Hanabusa

February 28, 2018: Immigrant Rights Advocates Sue ICE to Stop Illegal Incarceration of Vietnamese Refugees

February 28, 2018: Religious leaders and Immigrant Rights Advocates to host a press conference against anti-immigrant legislation in Georgia

February 26, 2018: Advancing Justice-Atlanta and immigrant rights organizations to host a rally to stop anti-immigrant legislation in Georgia

February 14, 2018: Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta to host our Legislative Breakfast and Lobby Day with Legislators, communities, and organizations

January 24, 2018: Immigrant Advocates Oppose “Adios Amazon” Bills

January 22, 2018: Asian Americans Advancing Justice Deeply Saddened By Senate Failure to Defend Undocumented Youth

January 20, 2018: Asian Americans Advancing Justice to Congress: DO YOUR JOB!

January 11, 2018: Advancing Justice - Atlanta to continue its effort to Naturalize underserved communities in 2018

January 11, 2018: Asian Americans Advancing Justice Voices Opposition to House Sponsored Anti-Immigrant Legislation

January 11, 2018: ADVANCING JUSTICE CONDEMNS PRESIDENT'S RACIST AND WHITE SUPREMACIST COMMENTS

January 10, 2018: Advancing Justice Applauds Federal Court Ruling to Halt Termination of DACA

January 8, 2018: Advancing Justice Condemns Termination of TPS for Nearly 200,000 Salvadorans