published Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Georgia House passes immigration crackdown law

ATLANTA — The Georgia House passed a bill Thursday that aims to crack down on illegal immigration in the state and contains some provisions similar to a tough law enacted in Arizona last year.

The bill sponsored by Rep. Matt Ramsey, a Peachtree City Republican, passed the House by a largely partisan vote of 113-56.

It’s up to the federal government to secure U.S. borders and deport illegal immigrants, but Georgia can remove incentives that bring illegal immigrants to the state, Ramsey said.

“No doubt about it, our federal government has failed us, and our citizens in Georgia are suffering the consequences,” Ramsey said as he presented the bill in the House chamber.

One provision would allow law officers to verify the immigration status of criminal suspects and another penalizes people who transport or harbor illegal immigrants, provisions also in Arizona’s new law. Georgia’s bill also would require employers to verify the immigration status of new hires and would make it a felony to “willfully and fraudulently” present false documentation when applying for a job. That felony would carry a maximum penalty of up to 15 years in jail and up to a $250,000 fine.

Those who opposed the bill stressed that they do not support illegal immigration, but said it is a federal problem. They said the bill could lead to racial profiling and could damage the state’s economy and reputation.

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Homey said...

It is about time we are doing something. This should have taken place 10 years ago.Now that this law is in place,I hope the judges do their job. It always seems that the police do thier job, but by the time it gets to court the judges do not want to do anything. We need a prison like Tent City in Arrizona. Wake up America, we are being invaded from the south and we are loosing. Common sense; Deport 10 million illegals and there are 10 million jobs open for AMERICANS

April 26, 2011 at 7:22 a.m.
jackie said...

yeah, I cant wait to see all of ya'll working on the farms, and all of the other tough jobs, ya'll dont like to work on. because all the immigrants are not working in a office. If ya'll didnt know. :)

May 18, 2011 at 5:45 p.m.
rolando said...

Yeah. Home construction jobs are really tough and low paying. Yeah, right. Same thing with assembly line and textile mill work.

May 18, 2011 at 5:55 p.m.
wileykathleen said...

You guys should be a shame of yourselves. I think this is wrong and races. My children are mixed. What am I suppose to tell them why there father didn't come home. You guys think that the economy is bad now, just wait to see what happens to it when the laws passes.

June 30, 2011 at 10:11 p.m.
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