Tuesday, March 22, 2011

GEORGIA - TRYING TO GET A HANDLE ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

Georgia House passes stringent immigration bill

Last Thursday the Georgia House passed House Bill 87, a tough immigration bill that would require employers to verify the legal status of workers they hire. Should HB 87 pass the state Senate vote and become law, Georgia companies would be required to use E-Verify, a free federal database, to check the documentation of current and prospective employees.  Additionally, the bill criminalizes the transportation of illegal immigrants and allows law enforcement officials to check the legal status of people in custody in certain situations.  Opponents say the bill would encourage racial profiling, create second-class citizens, and would harm the state’s economy, the agricultural industry in particular.

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