Brian Kemp on Immigration
2012: Challenged voter status of newly-sworn-in citizens
The Asian American Legal Advocacy Center (AALAC) had hit upon the ingenious idea of coordinating with naturalization services to help serve newly sworn in citizens. But during the 2012 election cycle, new voters registered by the AALAC had been turned
away from polling places, their right to vote challenged by election officials. The AALAC's founder reached out to the secretary of state's office to find out why so many of those she'd signed up hadn't made it onto voting rolls, even though early
voting had started in Georgia. Rather than address the issue of eligible voters not being added to the rolls by election day, Secretary Kemp opened an investigation into the AALAC and its work, creating a cloud of suspicion over the group.
The accusations included a failure to properly secure permission from the registrants for their information or other technical issues. Kemp investigated AALAC for two years, then closed the investigation without a single finding of wrongdoing.
Source: Our Time Is Now, by Stacey Abrams, p. 54-5
, Jun 9, 2020
End DACA; round up criminal illegals
Immigration: Support DACA, allowing "Dreamers" who arrived illegally as children, then grew up in the US, to achieve legal status if meet certain conditions?
Abrams: Yes. Advocates a clean DREAM Act legislation with path to citizenship.
Kemp: No. End DACA, which "provides amnesty for illegal immigrants--many of whom are adults, not children, & includes those with criminal records."
Immigration: Support path to citizenship for America's 11 million illegal immigrants?
Abrams: No stand found.
In ad, said he wants to round up "criminal illegals" in his pickup & take them home himself. Will crack down on illegal immigration.
Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Georgia Governor race
, Nov 1, 2018
Georgia interests over immigrants
Defund sanctuary cities and campuses. Stop taxpayer funded subsidies for illegal immigrants. Protect our Georgia values.
Put the needs of hardworking Georgians ahead of special interests
Source: 2018 Georgia Gubernatorial website KempForGovernor.com
, Sep 1, 2017
Crack down on illegal immigration
Secretary of State Brian Kemp opened his campaign for governor Saturday by borrowing themes from Donald Trump, pledging a "Georgia first" strategy that would crack down on illegal immigration as he took aim at establishment forces and the media.
The Athens Republican took broadsides against "fake news" and the well-connected political status quo.
And he talked in tough terms about Georgia's efforts to block those in the country illegally from voting or receiving state benefits. "This is Georgia," he said. "We will be putting Georgia first."
Kemp said he did not plan to step down from his role
as Georgia's top elections officer through the campaign. That would give him a statewide platform through November 2018, but also would deny him about three months of fundraising during next year's legislative session.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 2018 Georgia governor race
, Apr 1, 2017
No immigrant driver licenses so they can't vote fraudulently
Personal voting assistance for elderly and low income voters: Once elected, Brian Kemp will cross reference the voter registration roles with DDS records to find voters who do not have a drivers license and then personally contact them
to see if they need a state issued ID card. If they need assistance with securing a state issued ID card, Kemp will personally help them obtain one and provide them with any information they need to vote.
Opposing drivers licenses for illegal immigrants: Because a drivers license is the primary form of ID for most activities in Georgia, including voting,
Brian Kemp will continue his strong opposition to allowing illegal immigrants to obtain a drivers license in Georgia.
Source: GA Secretary of State campaign website VoteBrianKemp.com
, May 23, 2010
Check immigration status after minor offenses
Legislative Summary: When any person charged with a felony or with driving under the influence is confined in a county or municipal jail, a reasonable effort shall be made to determine the nationality of the person so confined.
Registration of Immigration Assistance Act: To establish and enforce standards of ethics in the profession of immigration assistance by private individuals who are not licensed attorneys.
Immigrants are allowed to get legal help, but those helping must register, and may offer only limited help. They must declare in writing that they are not an attorney, and cannot give legal advice. The purpose is to make the process harder for illegal
immigrants to get legal help, and hence to increase deportations.
Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 39-16-0 on March 27 vote #1037; Sen. Kemp voted YES; passed House 119-49-8 on March 28 vote #1076; signed by Gov. Perdue April 17.
Source: Georgia legislative voting records: SB 529
, Mar 27, 2006
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