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Friday April 15, 2011

Georgia, Like Arizona, Passes Tough Immigration Laws Enhancing Police Powers

Georgia, Like Arizona, Passes Tough Immigration Laws Enhancing Police Powers

Photo: Protesting Georgia's New immigration law

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Late last night the Georgia legislature passed immigration legislation similar to Arizona in that police now have the right to check someone’s immigration status.

Therefore in spite of a strong opposition by the agricultural sector, threats of boycotts and expected legal challenges the measure will become law once Republican Governor Nathan Deal signs it.

The new law allows police to stop a ‘criminal’ suspect and ask them for proof of immigration status and arrest those in the country illegally.  Employers with at least 10 employees will be forced to use a federal database to check the immigrant status of any new hiree.

The Georgia legislature did not appeared deterred by the U.S. Court of Appeals recent ruling that agreed that certain portion of Arizona’s SB 1070 should be struck down.  Critics here in Georgia like elsewhere in the country feared racial profiling would occur and unfairly target the Hispanic community. 

“Let me ask you a question,” said Charles Kuck an Atlanta immigration attorney. “Do you think any white people are going be taken in for an immigration background check if they forgot their wallet at home?”

According to a recent estimate there are 490,000 illegal immigrant in the state which is more than Arizona has.