Protesters in Georgia were out in force last week demanding that Senator Chambliss quit yapping and start listening…
(Chambliss was getting over 1,000 calls each day from upset constituents.)
They weren’t shy about how they felt.
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And, they came out in force to let Senator Chambliss know that they disapproved.
Mike Menkus was at the Atlanta rally on Thursday and sent this report:
I was at the Immigration Rally in Atlanta on June 7. Here is a web link for my photos from the rally. You can use any of the photos as you wish.
The rally was put on by 750AM WSB’s Chris Krok. It was across the street from Saxby’s Atlanta office at the Galleria in Cobb County on June 7.
The crowd grew over time. As cars drove by, the people would park and join the rally. I left at 8PM and the crowd filled a 150 foot x 200 foot area (I paced it) with medium density. I tried counting but stopped at 300 as I had poor vantage point and couldn’t count the far corners of the lot.
The Pro-Illegal protestors were brought to the site in the Spanish Radio Station vans in the photos. No others joined them. The guy with the bullhorn spoke good english and had his lines down (Thank you Senators for supporting families … We all are Americans … Thank you America for your kindness … We are making America great … Who will do the dirty jobs?) He seemed like a professional protestor.
I saw the protestors get out of those vans. The vans were later moved once the press showed up.
Like all liberal protestors, they tried to drown out the speakers on our side with sirens and the guy speaking with the bullhorn. He was especially rude when the woman in the Wheelchair spoke about her son who was killed by an illegal and when the wife of slain Cobb County Law Enforcement officer spoke. Both were killed by illegals.
Maybe the protests worked…
Today, Senator’s Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson from Georgia came to their senses.
They must enjoy their employment in the Senate more than the flawed immigration bill after all.
Here is a copy of their letter to the president that was sent today:
Dear Mr. President:
Although the Senate’s effort to reform our nation’s immigration laws through the Secure Borders, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Reform Act of 2007 is stalled, illegal immigration remains our nation’s number one domestic issue. We therefore believe it is incumbent upon us and our colleagues to tackle this issue and not leave this problem for future generations to solve.
As we travel around Georgia and continue to hear from our constituents, the message from a majority of Georgians is that they have no trust that the United States Government will enforce the laws contained in this new legislation and secure the border first. This lack of trust is rooted in the mistakes made in 1986 and the continued chaos surrounding our immigration laws. Understandably, the lack of credibility the federal government has on this issue gives merit to the skepticism of many about future immigration reform.
We believe the way to build greater support for immigration reform in the United States Senate and among the American public is to regain the trust in the ability of the federal government to responsibly administer immigration programs and enforce immigration laws. There is bipartisan agreement that we need to secure our borders first, and we believe this approach will serve as a platform towards addressing the other issues surrounding immigration reform.
To that end, we believe that you and your administration could alleviate many of the fears of our constituents by calling for an emergency supplemental bill to fully fund the border and interior security initiatives contained in legislation currently pending in the Senate, as well as any outstanding existing authorizations. Such a move would show your commitment to securing the border first and to stopping the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs into our nation. It will also work towards restoring the credibility of the federal government on this critical issue.
We urge you to carefully consider this request, and thank you for the opportunity to express the views of the people of Georgia on this matter.
Saxby Chambliss Johnny Isakson
United States Senator United States Senator
Michelle Malkin has the complete immigration roundup today as the president meets with the Senate leaders.
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Update: Senator Jim DeMint (R – South Carolina) also asks the president to enforce the current laws along with Republicans:
U.S. Senators Tom Coburn (R – Oklahoma), Mike Enzi (R – Wyoming), David Vitter (R – Louisiana), Jim Inhofe (R – Oklahoma), Jim Bunning (R – Kentucky), Charles Grassley (R – Iowa), John Ensign (R – Nevada) and Jeff Sessions (R – Alabama).