ACLU of Georgia

Press Advisory: Civil Rights Advocates Oppose “Adios Amazon” Bills


Media contact: Ana Maria Rosato

ACLU of Georgia, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta, CAIR Georgia, Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies (CRSA), and GALEO
  • Various State Representatives 
  • Aisha Yaqoob, Policy Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta
  • Stephanie Jackson Ali, Policy Chair, Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies
  • Murtaza Khwaja, Staff Attorney, CAIR Georgia
  • Christopher Bruce, Policy Counsel, ACLU of Georgia
  • Maria Palacios, Policy Analyst & Leadership Program Coordinator, GALEO
Press Conference 
Coverdell Legislative Office Building, Room 514
Thursday, January 24th, 2018, 10:30 a.m.
To discuss the negative impact that proposed un-American legislation would have on Georgia’s economy, opportunities for our state to attract potential economic powerhouses like Amazon HQ2, and our family members, neighbors, co-workers, and employees from around the world who call Georgia home. 
Proposed pieces of Un-American legislation include the following:
  • imposing a fee or tax on money transmitted outside of the state of Georgia. (H.B. 66);
  • Requiring the drivers licenses of our noncitizen family members, neighbors, co-workers, and employees to look differently than those of citizens making them easy targets for harassment (S.B. 161); and
  • Establishing English as the official language of the state of Georgia and requiring all government communication to be conducted in English thereby tearing down the long established welcome sign for international trade and business that has made Georgia the nation’s number one state for doing business (S.R. 587).

A January 2017 article in the Seattle Times titled More than half of Seattle’s software developers were born outside U.S. stated that over 40% of the people who work in the technology arena in the Seattle area were born in various nations around the world and now call America home. Seattle is the site of Amazon’s current headquarters. 

Last October, Gov. Nathan Deal announced, “For the fifth year in a row, Georgia has been named the No. 1 state in the nation in which to do business, highlighting the value of our business-friendly environment and the success of our economic development initiatives.” 
The proposed un-American legislation would remove Georgia’s welcome mat.