Gov. Deal signs immigration bill into law

Friday, May 13, 2011 1:41 PM
Last updated Saturday, May 14, 2011 2:35 AM
  • Follow Georgia Governor

ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, calling it "a rather historic moment,"  today signed a bill that cracks down on illegal immigration in the state by increasing some enforcement powers and requiring many employers to check the immigration status of new hires.

The new law — the subject of heated debate in the Legislature — shares some similarities to a controversial law enacted last year in Arizona and another enacted this year in Utah. Part or all of those two laws have been blocked by federal judges, and opponents have said they'll sue to try to block Georgia's law.

It authorizes law enforcement officers to check the immigration status of certain suspects and to detain them if they are in the country illegally. It penalizes people who knowingly transport or harbor illegal immigrants and makes it a felony to present false documents or information when applying for a job.

Most parts of the new law are set to enter into effect July 1. A requirement for private employers to use a federal database called E-Verify to check the immigration status of new hires is set to be phased in, with all employers with more than 10 employees required to comply by July 2013.

Opponents of the measure say it could lead to racial profiling and could harm the state's economy, while supporters say it's necessary because illegal immigrants are a drain on Georgia's resources.

A federal judge blocked some provisions of Arizona's law last year after the federal government sued, and an appeals court upheld that decision last month. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said Monday the state plans to appeal directly to the U.S. Supreme Court.

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked a similar law enacted this year in Utah after civil liberties groups sued to keep it from entering into effect. That judge cited similarities to the most controversial parts of Arizona's law. A hearing is set for mid-July to determine whether an injunction will be issued or the law can go into effect.

Comments (6) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
jebko 05/13/11 - 02:34 pm
I find it hilariuos that the

I find it hilariuos that the 'good Reverend' chose Thomas Watson for the back drop... the champion of the farmer and poor (if they were white). A quote attributed to Sen. Watson: "Hell... we lynch a N*%#R any day, it ain't everyday we get a chance to lynch a yankee jew!" circa 1913

Chillen 05/13/11 - 03:37 pm
Now if we could just get the

Now if we could just get the community organizer on board.....

jrsc429 05/13/11 - 04:03 pm
"Opponents of the measure say

"Opponents of the measure say it could lead to racial profiling..." So, exactly which of the three recognized racial groups are being targeted?

Brad Owens
Brad Owens 05/13/11 - 08:19 pm
This could really hurt the

This could really hurt the Barn Yard Flea Market's business on the weekends if it causes a mass exodus of illegal Mexicans like it did in AZ.


justthefacts 05/14/11 - 08:11 am
I will. We need better paying

I will. We need better paying jobs for Americans. I am willing to pay more to accomplish that goal vs paying taxes to support unemployment.

avidreader 05/14/11 - 08:37 am
Retired Army, I watched the

Retired Army, I watched the youtube newscast. Very interesting. I have always tried to remain a "glass is half full" kind of guy, but I'm beginning to waiver when it comes to our elected officials. Thanks for posting. However, I'm still not sure which side of the illegal immigration issue I'm on. It's all about entitlement issues vs. the need for good labor. I detest the first, and applaud the latter. I will keep my eyes wide open.

follower 05/14/11 - 01:59 pm
Conservative though I am,

Conservative though I am, John Monds got my vote. Ideology prevented a vote for Barnes, and conscience prevented a vote for Deal.

Retired, I'm not thrilled when corruption is revealed in either party. Except for a scant few, they all cause the stomach to be un-settled.

By the way, Channel 5 is a Fox affiliate. Good try at the stab though.

rbndawn 05/14/11 - 04:56 pm
Retired Army thanks for the

Retired Army thanks for the link, it smells fishy but who knows, I hope they get to the bottom of it and hold people accountable.
As far as the immigration I want to say that for a fact illegal immigrants are moving or will move soon out of the state. An also agree that as long as we get people getting paid to stay home nobody will take the jobs illegals do and if they do, not everybody is fit to do the type of work they do. An unemployed office clerk most likely won't fill out an application to work in a farm.
I have an open question for everybody. How efficient and productive a person that has being comitting fraud on the welfare system can be, if suddenly is forced to do hard labor let say working in a farm or construction or cleaning houses or buildings or washing dishes in a restaurant? I don't think they can be too efficient. Is not the same being forced to work, than working knowing is the right thing to do.
There is an old say that many of us Mexicans immigrants follow and the transaltion will say something like this:
"God I'm not asking you to give me anything, just place me where there is plenty of work and I'll do the rest"
Unfortunatelly for some, it means entering illegaly to a country because they don't grant the legal permission to do it, which still is wrong no matter what.

Back to Top
Search Augusta jobs