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A brand-new Georgia billboard proclaiming South Carolina’s alleged affinity for illegal aliens is raising eyebrows this week.
The sign, posted in Canton, Ga., declares: “South Carolina welcomes the undocumented. Sen. Lindsey Graham says his state has a labor shortage and wants more immigrants. For job tips, call his office at (864) 646-4090. Located in Pendleton, S.C. Only 2 hours from Atlanta!”
Sen. Graham, R-S.C., sits on a bipartisan committee that just passed a sweeping immigration-reform bill.
“These people must have been off the planet for the last five years,” said D.A. King, an immigration activist with the Dustin Inman Society who paid for the billboard. “We don’t need more workers. We need more jobs.”
King blasted the immigration bill, claiming illegal aliens will have an easier time getting jobs in the U.S., while making it more difficult for American citizens to find or hold onto employment.
“I think unemployed Georgians are already kicking and screaming,” King told WGCL-TV, the CBS affiliate in Atlanta.
“If you want an answer, go to the unemployment office and ask someone in line if they think adding 20 million more workers to the American workforce in the next several years is a good idea.”
(Watch TV coverage of the billboard by clicking the video below:)
The CBS station went to the Cobb-Cherokee Department of Labor office, and found that most people did not wish to comment on immigration, but did say they were desperate for work.
"With less income coming in, I have two kids to take care of, a husband and a household so it'll be a struggle," said Tangela Roach, who recently lost the second part-time job she had.
"I'm very concerned," said Brooke Daugherty. "I'm a single parent. I'm very concerned to find a job immediately."
King is hoping his billboard brings national attention to immigration reform and the negative impact it could have.
"Most of us want our borders enforced, our laws enforced and our jobs back," King said.
King's activist group was named for Dustin Inman, a 16-year-old American boy killed by an illegal alien in a traffic crash on Father's Day weekend in 2000.
Dustin was on his way to a weekend of fishing in the North Georgia mountains with his parents.
Despite being in the U.S. illegally, the driver of the car that killed Dustin, Gonzalo Harrell-Gonzalez, was able to obtain a valid North Carolina driver's license using his Mexican birth certificate and a Mexican Matricula Consular ID card.