September 25, 2011
MAN ON THE STREET: immigration without representation
The seven members in the new Immigration Enforcement Review Board appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and House Speaker David Ralston are already attracting controversy, not because of their decisions but instead because of their lack of diversity. Seven white men will compromise the panel investigating complaints that government officials in Georgia are violating state immigration laws.
We hit the street to discover what students thought of the lack of diversity on the panel.
AALIA SHAHEED: junior broadcast journalism and Spanish major from Alpharetta. “I definitely think minorities should be a part of the board. I think the board should be reflective of the general population.”
VICTORIA BARKER: freshman international affairs and Russian major from Suwanee. “I think you have to have a group of people that accurately represents the population. The population in Georgia isn’t all white men, so that’s kind of biased.”
DUSTIN DANIEL: junior linguistics and French major from Sylvester. “We elected Governor Deal and we should trust his decisions.”
KRISTEN McGUFFIN: freshman advertising major from Kennesaw. “I definitely do think they should have a minority on the board because they need to get opinions from all sides of the spectrum.”
KATE HOUGHTON: senior international business and marketing major from Fayetteville. “On one hand, it’s fair because it is representative of that network, but on the other hand, I think they should have sought someone out that represented the goals they were trying to accomplish.”