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Georgia’s Restrictive Immigration Law Caused Hundreds Of Nurses And Doctors To Lose Their Licenses

11:25 pm - 11/14/2012
Georgia’s Restrictive Immigration Law Caused Hundreds Of Nurses And Doctors To Lose Their Licenses

Georgia’s harmful immigration law, modeled after Arizona’s SB 1070, requires anyone who is applying for or renewing a professional license in the state to provide documents to prove their citizenship or legal residency. But the massive amount of paperwork required to do this is creating a bureaucratic nightmare for doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals in the state.

Instead of taking a matter of days, the process is leading to delays of weeks or months for health care workers to renew or apply for their professional licenses. As a result, about 600 nurses and 1,300 doctors have lost their ability to work in Georgia so far.

The Georgia secretary of state’s office — which processes license applications of nurses, pharmacists, and veterinarians — does not have enough staff to work through the cumbersome process to restore licenses for those medical professionals, partly because the office saw its budget cut by 40 percent at the same time as the immigration law went into effect. Georgia’s medical board is responsible for licensing other medical professionals in the state, such as doctors, physician assistants, and even acupuncturists, and is running into the same problem:

Director LaSharn Hughes says she sent 41,000 letters of notification out on a recent Thursday. “And by Monday, we’d burned up a fax machine,” Hughes said. “We didn’t have the staff. We didn’t have the equipment.”

Phones go unanswered. Paperwork piles up. And processing delays, coupled with confusion over the new rules, mean lots of expired licenses. [...]

Donald Palmisano Jr. executive director of the Medical Association of Georgia, says the law fixes a problem that never existed — at least not among doctors. “We’re not aware of any undocumented immigrants that are physicians,” Palmisano said.


Even D.A. King, a right-wing activist who helped write Georgia’s immigration law, said he thinks the provision goes too far. Earlier this year, a bill to fix portions of the extreme immigration measure failed in the legislature. “I am not only outraged, but sincerely disappointed and puzzled that our repair legislation was not allowed a vote,” King said. Meanwhile, state officials say the documents requirement has not uncovered any undocumented immigrants who applied for professional licenses.

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Good show, home state. Good show. :/
veracity 14th-Nov-2012 03:44 pm (UTC)
Oh so proud, state, really. It's not like a lot of nurses/doctors also volunteer/work at places like Good Samaritan, which keeps your constituents out of death's door so they can vote your favorite color.

Way to go, team!

*sigh*

Drowning rocks, my leaders. Drowning rocks.
beoweasel 14th-Nov-2012 04:26 pm (UTC)
Wait, so the entire purpose of this immigration law is to keep undocumented immigrants from obtaining professional licenses?

...I wasn't aware this was such a pressing issue?
asrana 14th-Nov-2012 04:37 pm (UTC)
BUT THEY MIGHT BE STEALING JOBS FROM REAL, HONEST, HARD WORKING (WHITE) AMERICANS. WON'T SOMEONE THINK OF THE AMERICANS WHITE PEOPLE.
freshgroundfemm 14th-Nov-2012 05:22 pm (UTC)
You would think that the extensive background check, criminal background check and fingerprint they take would be enough to deter undocumented immigrants from applying to be nurses and physicians. My first RN job was held up because my transcript said "degree awarded" not "graduated".
aviv_b 14th-Nov-2012 04:46 pm (UTC)
Well, that worked out well, didn't it.
kitanabychoice 14th-Nov-2012 05:03 pm (UTC)
*facepalm* Why am I not surprised.
amethystcitrine 14th-Nov-2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
Fuck this state, I cannot wait to leave it.

I wonder if they will repeal this racist legislation or if they will grin and bear it so they can cling on to their shitty attitudes (looking at you, DMV).
veracity 14th-Nov-2012 05:12 pm (UTC)
That's why I'm trying my best to graduate as soon as possible from college, so I can go to grad school in some other fucked up state. I'm tired of this one after 31 years.
fishphile 14th-Nov-2012 05:38 pm (UTC)
Even D.A. King, a right-wing activist who helped write Georgia’s immigration law, said he thinks the provision goes too far. Earlier this year, a bill to fix portions of the extreme immigration measure failed in the legislature. “I am not only outraged, but sincerely disappointed and puzzled that our repair legislation was not allowed a vote,” King said. Meanwhile, state officials say the documents requirement has not uncovered any undocumented immigrants who applied for professional licenses.

This paragraph says so much. "We didn't mean this law to hurt anyone but those Brown people!"
poetic_scribe 14th-Nov-2012 05:58 pm (UTC)
Isn't this the same state whose last bill/law concerning "illegals" ended up with millions of dollars of produce rotting in the field cause no one would pick it?


hinoema 14th-Nov-2012 06:26 pm (UTC)
Yes, it was. I think Georgia should just change their motto to "Land of the Giant Fail".
twowaymirrrors 14th-Nov-2012 07:32 pm (UTC)
Mhmm.
browneyedguuurl 14th-Nov-2012 09:57 pm (UTC)
Yup. Good use of resources there Georgia.
moonshaz 14th-Nov-2012 08:25 pm (UTC)
Meanwhile, state officials say the documents requirement has not uncovered any undocumented immigrants who applied for professional licenses.

harumi 14th-Nov-2012 09:13 pm (UTC)
Looks like they didn't learn their lesson the first time they pulled this shit. Schadenfreude feels good.
browneyedguuurl 14th-Nov-2012 09:55 pm (UTC)
I am soooo glad I don't live there anymore. SMH @ Georgia.
shhh_its_s3cr3t 14th-Nov-2012 10:35 pm (UTC)
I am so hoping for Texas to find a way to fail like this.. just so I can experience this....

Then again though :( for the people who are directly affected by this because you know.. lives and health not something that should be put aside due to paperwork issues. :(
zinnia_rose 14th-Nov-2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
Meanwhile, state officials say the documents requirement has not uncovered any undocumented immigrants who applied for professional licenses.

I am stunned. STUNNED, I tell you.

It's depressing that Arizona's clusterfuck of an immigration law is seen as something to emulate instead of something to avoid at all costs.
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