Happy New Year From The City-CountyObserver



    1. 2015–?– If America is to be wrestled from the Establishment Barons, we can only hope that there will be a “changing of the guard’ in the Candidates that garner success in both Parties primaries, and the likes of “worn out her welcome” Hillery, and Jeb Bush are rejected.
      A New Year always brings renewed Optimism!
      Best wishes for Happy 2015 to all!

    2. Jeb or Hillary, Lloyd or Gail, Satan or Lucifer. 2015, a year of hoped for change.

    3. Well I’ll be……The New Year is bringing change, so pay attention Tea Party Paranoid People. The bastion of GOP conservatism, Dalton, Georgia, is finding immigration of hard-working, community-minded Mexicans is good for business. Eatin’ speaks louder’n words…..

      Georgia Town is Case Study in Immigration Debate
      Some Employers Say Influx Has Helped Bottom Line

      DALTON, Ga.— Charles Carmical doesn’t like President Barack Obama ’s politics and doesn’t endorse his recent move to enable millions of illegal immigrants to stay in the U.S. But, the furniture-store owner acknowledges, it might be good for his bottom line.

      “If these people make more money and feel stability, it will help my business,” said Mr. Carmical, standing in his Dalton Auctions showroom on South Dixie Highway.

      Illegal immigration has changed the face of this northern Georgia town. Mexicans and Central Americans flocked here by the thousands in the 1990s to toil in the mills that earned Dalton the nickname “carpet capital of the world.” Now, the large concentration of undocumented people in this conservative corner of a conservative state will make it a powerful case study for the impact of Mr. Obama’s program as it rolls out in 2015.

      Carpet-mill work has enabled many immigrants to jump from poverty to relative prosperity. But every immigrant interviewed here seems to know someone who was deported, lost a job for using a false Social Security number, or has been jailed for driving without a license.

      Stung by enforcement raids, carpet manufacturers haven’t reacted publicly to Mr. Obama’s plan, which most Republicans call an abuse of presidential power. Shaw Industries, one of the largest carpet makers, declined an interview request. The Carpet and Rug Institute trade group also declined to comment.

      While Mr. Obama’s plan offers no pathway to citizenship, it offers a reprieve from deportation and work permits to as many as five million people. For many here, that is a life-changing prospect. “We can’t wait to live without fear,” said Mexican Elva Sofia Loya, who is likely to qualify for the program because she has been in the U.S. since 1999 and has three U.S.-born children. On Thanksgiving, her family and friends gathered to watch a replay of Mr. Obama’s Nov. 20 speech unveiling the plan. She said they look forward to a new sense of security and freedom—to go to work or attend school events without fear of encountering police who might alert immigration authorities.

      Others say they will feel empowered to demand better pay and treatment. “Some employers get away with exploiting people without papers,” said Juan Castro, 28, who quit one firm that didn’t pay him overtime.

      Georgia is among more than 20 mostly GOP-leaning states that have sued the president to block his move. The state also is one of a handful that doesn’t allow immigrant students who benefited from the 2012 federal DACA program to pay in-state tuition at public colleges.

      In Dalton, however, “we try to stay out of the noise and finger-pointing,” said Brian Anderson, president of the Dalton Chamber of Commerce. “I believe [the executive action] could only improve our community.”

      As the immigrant population swelled, local schools established English language-learning programs. Soccer began to rival football in popularity. Many locals tried their first tacos and burritos as Mexican restaurants opened.

      Shaw Industries’ executive Charles Parham said, “The Hispanics have been a salvation of our carpet industry. Mill owners tend to be rock-ribbed Republicans, but business trumps politics.”

      At Mr. Carmical’s showroom, repeat customer Clemente Lopez was shopping for a mattress. Mr. Lopez arrived from Mexico 17 years ago and became a U.S. resident after marrying a Latina whose family became legal after a 1986 amnesty, the last time Congress overhauled the immigration system. He learned English, improved his skills, and now earns $17.52 an hour at a carpet mill. The father of two bought a four-bedroom house.

      After negotiating, owner and customer agreed to $499 for the mattress. The transaction done, Mr. Carmical quoted a line often used by his father, who started the business about 60 years ago. “Money has one color,” he said.

      • Joe Biden, Countryboy, POV and Al Sharpie types here….you’re running out of excuses on being against immigration reform. It’ s good for American business and creates strong communities filled with working, strong families. Why not just be honest and acknowledge you are proud to have your bigoted points of view?

        • Don’t forget, Shem, that when you look at a map of the US Indiana is the outstretched middle finger of the rest of the Deep South. They don’t need excuses, it’s acceptable here.

        • I have never been against immigration reform,–the question is,– who gets to define immigration reform?
          The Executive Branch, or the Legislative Branch ? I believe Constitutional law sides with the Congress, and not Obama,– not Shem,– not LKB,—-or Me.

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