JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. — Two Republicans running to be Georgia's next governor are squaring off over whether teachers and hospitals should be responsible for helping catch illegal immigrants.
GOP candidate Eric Johnson told a debate audience at Jekyll Island today that as governor he would make schools and hospitals verify the citizenship of students and patients in Georgia to keep illegal immigrants from getting services.
Former congressman Nathan Deal replied that the state's teachers don't need the burden of enforcing immigration laws. He said immigration enforcement should be left to law enforcement.
Republican Karen Handel sat out the debate, holding to a pledge that she refuses to share a stage with candidate Ray McBerry after allegations surfaced he once had a relationship with a teenage girl.
McBerry, who denies any wrongdoing, introduced himself as standing in for Handel.