[UPDATE] Tough Illegal Immigration Bill Headed to Deal

By: AP
By: AP

ATLANTA -- April 15, 2011 - 3:30pm

With a 112-59 House vote, Georgia lawmakers moved to pass one of the country's toughest bills on illegal immigration. Rep. Matt Ramsey is the bill sponsor.

The bill allows law enforcement to check the immigration status of certain suspects and penalizes those harboring illegal immigrants.
Many businesses will have to verify that their employees are legal.

Rep. Ramsey says, "We took an oath to uphold the laws of this great state and to say we will let some go and others not would be a violation of that oath."

Those for the bill say it's about jobs for Americans and the law. Those against it say the immigration bill will hurt Georgia's reputation and the state's economy.

Rep. Nan Orrock, (D) Atlanta, says "We've crafted a bill that demonizes people of brown skin and people with Spanish accents."

The legislation has sparked petitions and protests like this one outside the capitol Thursday evening. Already there are concerns about legal and business challenges.

ATLANTA (AP) -- April 15, 2011 - Noon -

Gov. Nathan Deal says he'll sign a tough immigration law recently passed by the Georgia Legislature that includes elements similar to a contentious law enacted in Arizona last year.

Deal, in a Friday interview with The Associated Press, said the
legislation "sends a signal that the citizens of our state believe
the rule of law is important."

The bill passed late Thursday, mere hours before the end of
Georgia's 2011 legislative session.

When a congressman, Deal backed tough measures aimed at illegal

On Friday, Deal said he did not think Georgia law would lead to
boycotts or harm businesses in the state. He did say he hopes it
will "send a message to members of Congress that it's time for
them to get serious about the issue."


ATLANTA (AP) -- April 15, 2011 -

The Georgia Legislature has passed an immigration bill that contains some parts similar to an Arizona law being challenged in court.

Republican Gov. Nathan Deal must sign it to make it law. His
office on Thursday would not say if the Republican governor would
sign it.

Deal supported tough immigration measures when he was in

The bill would authorize law enforcement officers to verify the
immigration status of certain criminal suspects and allows them to
detain those found to be in the country illegally. It would also
penalize people who "knowingly and intentionally" transport or
harbor illegal immigrants.

It also would require employers with 10 or more employees to use
a federal database called E-Verify to check the immigration status
of new hires.

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  • by Anonymous on Apr 18, 2011 at 05:57 PM
    Pay people what they are worth and do not cater to coyotes who bring illegals across the border. We cannot afford to underwrite cheap labor when it comes out of the taxpayer's pocket in the form of welfare, drain on healthcare, education and jobs. The price is too high.
  • by unknown Location: Tally on Apr 17, 2011 at 08:35 AM
    It's funny how I hear most of ya'll people saying "go get your papers"if it was that easy believe me people would have gone and done it. It makes me mad that people talk about they steal our jobs I wanna see blacks and whites do work that us Mexicans do ya'll would not last A DAY!!!!!I am proud to be a US citizen and I have worked in all kinds of jobs and I have worked in the fields and it is not easy.Yes, they do pay taxes taxes they dont get to see back cause as one was saying they can't do thier taxes so where does that money go????
  • by anon on Apr 16, 2011 at 12:42 PM
    Leon, we all pay into the social security system and therefore I don't understand your statement. If it is true that approximately 850,000 people in FLorida are illegal then that would mean there are 42,500,000 illegal immigrants in the US who are receiving free education, healthcare, and other benefits. The amount some pay in with fake SS cards wouldn't even come close to covering these costs. Sounds like your upset because someone you know is about to lose their "good deal."
  • by Ima on Apr 16, 2011 at 11:49 AM
    You don't have ANYTHING to worry about if you're here legally. Just show your driver's license. No "grandmas" are going to be arrested - what a crock of manure.
  • by leon Location: tally on Apr 16, 2011 at 08:37 AM
    The unintended consequences of stupid laws is that they cost more money than they save. A great many "illegal" immigrants are contributing to social security and through fake ID's & ersatz SSNs. It's helping bolster the USA's Social Security funding b/c these people won't ever be able to claim their contributions made under their fake identification. And if they are using fake ID's, aren't they paying taxes, unemployment, workman's comp? And if they are working under the table, are the local and state police gong to divert time & resources to this with no extra funding? How practical is this bill, coming from our erstwhile Party of Fiscal Conservatism. It's riven with internal contradictions, and as such, is lacks the appropriate aforethought in directing policy.
  • by leon Location: tally on Apr 16, 2011 at 08:30 AM
    So how is this law going to emerge: Are local cops going to demand papers upon reasonable cause? REALLY? How many fully-naturalized grandmas are going to be arrested before that provision becomes unenforceable? The ONLY way to enforce this law is through worker's comp - the only way to intercept ersatz social security numbers. The rest of the statute is piffle, invidious garbage spewing from reactionaries.
  • by Can't find good help on Apr 16, 2011 at 06:32 AM
    Citizens I have noticed have lost the good work ethics, do a good job, work hard and you will suceed and better yourself financially. The citizen wants much higher pay than minimum wage and expect to be the boss. How many young people just starting in the workforce think they are too good to work at minimum wage job. Citizens are lazy and want to have very high wages you can't pay the higher wages because the people of the united states can't afford it and they surely don't want businesses raising their prices to accomodate the higher labor cost to companies. Give the immigrants authorization to work, drive and pay taxes and social security. Its easier for the citizen to sit on their but and sell drugs or be taken care of by the government fat welfare checks.
  • by Georgia Boy Location: Cairo on Apr 16, 2011 at 04:17 AM
    Good job, Legislature. If the Feds won't take care of problems it falls the lot of States to, and this will help get the ball rolling. I agree, the next step should be requiring proof of birth requirements for any person running for an office which has restrictions. Failure to produce a birth certificate and allowing State Federal officials to verify its authenticity should be grounds for immediate removal from ballots in all States. The second step is denying non-citizens ANY free rides, including medical, schooling, food, housing, automatic citizenship, driver's licenses, vehicle license plates, or any other rights citizens enjoy.
  • by Gertie on Apr 15, 2011 at 09:47 PM
    Every State should do what Ariz is doing: "Arizona, a state that has shown little reluctance in bucking the federal government, is again plowing controversial political ground, this time as its Legislature passed a bill to require President Barack Obama and other presidential candidates to prove their U.S. citizenship before their names can appear on the state's ballot." That way, anything Obama has done would be immediately erased if he does not show his legal birth certificate.
  • by HHMMM Location: USA on Apr 15, 2011 at 09:00 PM
    Now if one of us, american, go into another country without the right "papers", what would happen? Tell you what go sneak into Iran or China, what would happen? You would be arrested or shot. And people want to scream murder when our Border Patroal shots back at the intruters. So yea we have better jobs and yea the illegals will go and work were others won't but still get your paper right, pay taxes like you should and then and only then can you protest. Forgive my spelling never been able to spell, but i do pay taxes so I have the right to misspell my words. Also if you are in the USA learn our language.
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