April 15, 2011 Current Site Visitors ->
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|Los Angeles Times -- April 15
Georgia passes immigration bill similar to Arizona's
Police would be given the power to check the immigration status of 'criminal' suspects and many businesses would be required to do the same with potential hires.
Following Arizona's lead, the Georgia Legislature on Thursday passed a strict measure that would empower police to check the immigration status of "criminal" suspects and force many businesses to do the same with potential employees.
The bill passed in the waning hours of the legislative session despite critics' outcries. Immigrant advocates threatened a state boycott if it became law, and Georgia's powerful agricultural industry warned, among other things, that federal guest worker programs alone could not provide enough laborers to meet farmers' needs.
Now the measure heads to the desk of Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, who campaigned last year on the promise of implementing an Arizona-style law in a state with, according to one 2009 estimate, 480,000 illegal immigrants -- about 20,000 more than Arizona.
Since his election, however, Deal has warned that immigration laws should not place an "undue burden" on employers, raising concerns among foes of illegal immigration that he was wobbling.
A Deal spokesman declined to comment late Thursday on the governor's plans for the bill.
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