Opponents of Lopez nomination make their case

NOTE: In a recent column, I criticized Georgia anti-immigration activists who are trying to block the confirmation of DeKalb State Court Judge Dax Lopez to the federal bench. Below is the response to that column by D.A. King of Cobb County.

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By D.A. King

Writing on the Obama judicial nomination of GALEO’s Dax Lopez, Jay Bookman’s smear attack on me and my friend Phil Kent in the AJC serves as a brilliant reminder of the mindset of most liberals on immigration and politics.

Bookman makes it clear that he looks at the world through the lens of race, skin color and ethnicity. Not only does he intentionally muddle those categories, he assumes that the rest of us suffer from the same disability. We don’t.

“Hispanic” is not the opposite of “white” (or black) and is not a race. Neither is “illegal.” Nor am I “anti-immigrant.” Like most of the mainstream, this proud American supports legal, sustainable and reasonable levels of immigration that benefits the United States and protects Americans. Including immigrants. My adopted sister is an immigrant. That sacred term legally describes someone who entered the U.S. lawfully.

 Like the late Barbara Jordan, it is my long-held – and public – position that we cannot honor real immigrants or our immigration system unless and until we adhere to a policy of an equal application of our immigration laws. Bookman provides useful insight by labeling that view “extremist.”

Since it seems to matter, as a political independent, I am also a member of the Federalist Society. So is Phil Kent. I expect that more than a few of the many Republican legislators and sheriffs who have written to our U.S. senators in opposition to Lopez are as well.

 Bookman’s attack is yet another attempt from the far-left to blur the lines between immigrants and what the federal government, including the Supreme Court, refers to as “illegal aliens.” I personally target illegal employers more than illegal aliens. It would be helpful if Jay Bookman did the same.

The panels from which Georgia’s U.S. senators accepted vetting information on Lopez mostly failed to include information easily accessed on the GALEO website. I am proud to have provided both senate offices with facts and statements taken directly from that source after President Obama nominated Lopez for a lifetime seat on the federal bench.

The confirmation of Dax Lopez is not being opposed because of his ethnicity, and also contrary to what Bookman writes, opposition is directly connected to what Lopez has said and done. As a director of the GALEO corporation for eleven years, state court judge Dax Lopez’s position as treasurer there and his willingness to not only help form and advance the agenda of that group while assisting in raising operating funds does not a “conservative” make. It should be enough to drive most conservatives -including Republicans – away from silent acceptance of his confirmation.

Since 2003, the corporate-funded GALEO has viciously condemned any law enforcement office that dares to enforce immigration laws. Dax Lopez’s statement that he “agrees with their mission” must always be viewed with the knowledge that GALEO Inc. has marched in the streets of Georgia in opposition to enforcement, lobbied against state E-Verify laws designed to protect legal workers, lobbied against local jails honoring ICE holds for criminal aliens and vehemently opposed voter ID. And they lobby against English as our official language.

No wonder activist Lopez is not speaking to the press.

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D.A. King, of Marietta, is president of the Dustin Inman Society.

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Chattooga57
Chattooga57

Federal judicial nominees cannot publicly defend themselves from political attacks. They have to stick to the process which does not include giving press conferences to knock down even the most unfair assaults. Their responses to all that are limited to hearings and interviews. That's how it works. Throwing down the gauntlet with the statement, "No wonder the activist Lopez is not speaking to the press," is just as unfair as attack of guilt by association.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

I would assume Jay would have a rebuttal at some point ?

Surelyyoujest
Surelyyoujest

@Hedley_Lammar  4 hours since your "assumption"; so, evidently not - and you know what they say about people who assume...and Mr. Bookman just made you one.

breckenridge
breckenridge

January 31st will be the one year anniversary of a mass shooting in Lagrange Georgia that left 4 dead.

February 7th will be the one year anniversary of a mass shooting in Douglasville Georgia that left 5 dead and 2 injured. 


Yet nary a peep was heard on those two occasions from those that were so outraged over the San Bernardino shootings.



tireOfIt
tireOfIt

The Dustin Inman Society is a non-partisan coalition of citizens of all ethnicities and from all walks of life.

I bet they are?  

KUTGF
KUTGF

@tireOfIt Well not precisely when you look at their mission statement:
With a focus on Georgia, The Dustin Inman Society is dedicated to educating the public and our elected officials on the consequences of illegal immigration, our unsecured borders and the breakdown of the rule of law in our Republic.

Named for one of the thousands of Americans who have paid the ultimate price for those unsecured borders, The Dustin Inman Society is a non-partisan coalition of citizens of all ethnicities and from all walks of life who recognize that illegal immigration and homeland security are the most critical issues in America today.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

 No wonder activist Lopez is not speaking to the press.

"activist Lopez"... is that even English the DA is typing, here?

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

yeah never mind also too that credible judges (not that THAT matters to a con) do not speak to the media

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

I'm so NOT a racist, but I think Muslins ought to go back over to Islam to practice Shania law. Go back to the dessert.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Of course the comments appearing below the story do not disappoint. I found this:
too bad.  they put on a good news feed.  they would actually cover world events beyond the hype of the day stories run by CNN, MSNBC, and yes, even FoxNews
Which naturally drew this in response:
How long have you hated Jews?

Caius
Caius

And then there is this, those illegals who in fact do pay taxes because their employers deduct and process just like legal workers.


"Illegals and Social SecurityMarch 14, 2013Daily Ticker

Stephen Goss, chief actuary of the Social Security Administration estimates that 3.1 million illegal workers pay into Social Security each year. In 2010, undocumented workers and their employers paid $15 billion to Social Security with no intention of ever collecting benefits -- that year illegal workers only received $1 billion back.

How do working illegal immigrants pay in to and collect Social Security? Some are issued Social Security numbers with their temporary or student visas, others forge documents and were issued numbers by Social Security before they tightened their screening process in 2001, some steal numbers, and others simply make them up.

When workers pay Social Security under numbers that don’t match their names the administration sorts these into their “suspense” file. No one gets credit towards benefits for this money but the money does still go to the Social Security trust fund."

KUTGF
KUTGF

A growing number of constitutional law scholars are arguing that Ted Cruz’s birth in Canada makes him ineligible to become president. Their argument could prove a thorn in the side of the senator, who is a zealous originalist on most constitutional questions
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Roh, Roh......  the Trump birther thing is growing wings...and a beak

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@KUTGF 

Even if it's not true, it may cause potential voters to consider other candidates, so as not to "waste their vote."

breckenridge
breckenridge

Should organizations that exist for the sole purpose of undermining United States law be granted tax exempt status?

I would say no.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@breckenridge @Nick_Danger 

Yeah, those turn my crank, as well.  Thank goodness for the power of the courts, that can protect us from "the tyranny of the majority."

RaindroidWillBoy
RaindroidWillBoy

I'm reading where Hillary, being concerned by Bernie's gains, is now in attack Bernie mode.  I wonder if that approach really changes any minds...

breckenridge
breckenridge

The only despicable acts I have seen is the real war on women Hillary has had with the sexual abuse victims of Bill.

This whole line of attack is so incredibly stupid it defies description.  Billy Boy was tomcatting, which makes Hillary an enabler.  What the hell kind of idiotic nonsense is that?  Nothing but garbage.

The real war on women's rights is being conducted by the religious right, the parasites the that destroyed the republican party.  

Don't think women should have the right to get an abortion? Too bad.  Nobody gives a rat's arse what you think.  Mind your own damn business.

InTheMiddle2
InTheMiddle2

@breckenridge The "war" on women only exists in the mind . It is not a real thing, but a political catch phrase.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@InTheMiddle2 @breckenridge 

Yeah, I gotta agree.  It's a catchphrase for a bundle of issues, not all of equal weight, that have become conflated in the minds of the public. 

I'm not saying it's not a useful phrase; just that we must keep in mind that it's a jumble of different stuff, and making specific statements about it is liable to lead to error.

fedup52
fedup52

 A cartoon in the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has caused online shock by suggesting drowned toddler Alan Kurdi would have grown up to be a sexual abuser like those immigrants allegedly involved in the assaults in Cologne.

That is despicable.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@td1234 @KUTGF Nope.  How are things on Fantasy Island.  Have you spotted de plane?

td1234
td1234

@KUTGF @fedup52 The only despicable acts I have seen is the real war on women Hillary has had with the sexual abuse victims of Bill.  

td1234
td1234

@ByteMe @KUTGF Shows how little progressives care about "wimmen". Oh that is right just listen to Hip Hop

KUTGF
KUTGF

@td1234 @KUTGF @fedup52 Oh what a load. You are part of the problem sweetie.  Nothing but a bunch of lies from you. 

ByteMe
ByteMe

@td1234 Of course that's all you've seen.  'Nuff said.

ByteMe
ByteMe

@td1234 More ignorance from you.  we expect nothing else.

td1234
td1234

@KUTGF Keep defending the enabler and the only politician that has had a real war on women. 

KUTGF
KUTGF

@td1234 @ByteMe @KUTGF From td who supports "conservatives" who call 15 yo girls who object to being terrorized "prostitutes". 

td1234
td1234

@ByteMe @td1234 Truth hurts. Progressives have no real love of women or they would not be supporting Hillary or Hip Hop

ByteMe
ByteMe

@td1234 Keep trolling, hoping that works.  It won't, but you keep at it.  It's what you're good at, so might as well.

td1234
td1234

@KUTGF You just effing lied. Prove where I EVER said anything close to your statement. 

ByteMe
ByteMe

@td1234 You wouldn't know "truth" if it fell on you.

td1234
td1234

@KUTGF @td1234 Trump is not even an "alleged" rapist although it is proven that Bill is a proven sex abuser.

ByteMe
ByteMe

@KUTGF Because fear of "raping the wimmen" is a big topic of conversation in their world.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@td1234 @KUTGF scroll down sweetie.  I never worry about you calling me a liar.....that is about as hurtful as Trump calling someone a liar while he lies.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@td1234 @ByteMe 

"Progressives have no real love of women or they would not be supporting Hillary or Hip Hop

Can you explain how that little logical gem works?

td1234
td1234

@ByteMe Seems like it is working to me. Hillary is down in the polls to three different Republicans and Bernie is closing the gap rapidly in the Dem primary.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@fedup52 Our RWer trolls here basically did something similar by suggesting that many Syrian immigrants would sexually assault people.  They live for despicable.