The Georgia Senate has passed a bill that aims to
crack down on illegal immigration but stripped a requirement for
private employers to verify the legal status of new employees.
The amended version of a House bill authored by state Rep. Matt
Ramsey passed the Senate Monday on a 39-17 vote. A similar Senate
immigration bill has cleared a House committee but hasn't had a
full House vote.
The bill would authorize law enforcement officers to check the
immigration status of certain criminal suspects. It also would
require employers with more than four workers to verify the
immigration status of new hires using a federal database called
Supporters and opponents of the bill are stepping up their
efforts in anticipation of the end of the legislative session on
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