Judge blocks parts of Georgia's immigration law

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ATLANTA --- A federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked parts of Georgia's strict new law targeting illegal immigration from taking effect, including a provision that authorizes police to check the immigration status of suspects without proper identification and to detain illegal immigrants.

Georgia's became the latest in a string of state laws that have been at least temporarily stopped by legal challenges. All or parts of similar laws in Arizona, Utah and Indiana have been blocked by federal judges.

Judge Thomas Thrash also granted a request from civil liberties groups to block a part of Georgia's law that penalizes people who knowingly and willingly transport or harbor illegal immigrants while committing another crime.

The judge was especially critical of that provision, blasting the state's assertion that federal immigration enforcement is "passive." Thrash said that federal immigration officers remove more than 900 foreigners from the country on an average day.

He wrote that the state measure would overstep enforcement boundaries established by federal law. Thrash said that there are thousands of illegal immigrants in Georgia because of the "insatiable demand in decades gone by for cheap labor" in agriculture and construction. But he said the federal government gives priority to prosecuting and removing illegal immigrants who have committed crimes.

Thrash did toss parts of the lawsuit. The civil liberties groups had argued that the law allows unreasonable seizures; blocks a constitutional right to travel; and restricts access to government services on the basis of national origin. The judge dismissed those claims, along with allegations the measure violates property rights and the state constitution.

Nonetheless, the groups hailed the ruling.

"This is a victory that matches the trend nationally. It should send a really strong signal to other states considering such laws," said Karen Tumlin, a lawyer for the National Immigration Law Center.

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens said in a statement his office plans to appeal the court's ruling.

The judge also was concerned about the wider implications of the law on trade and diplomatic relations, which were laid out by Mexican officials in documents.

"The conflict is not a purely speculative and indirect impact on immigration. It is direct and immediate," he wrote.

The federal judge accused the state of "gross hypocrisy" in its argument that Georgia's crackdown would prevent the exploitation of illegal immigrants: "The apparent legislative intent is to create such a climate of hostility, fear, mistrust and insecurity that all illegal aliens will leave Georgia."

Brian Robinson, a spokesman for Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, said: "Curiously, the court writes 'all illegal aliens will leave Georgia' if the law is enforced, as if it is appalled at the thought of people attaining visas before coming to our nation."

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stillamazed
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stillamazed 06/27/11 - 02:28 pm
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Sounds like the judge needs a

Sounds like the judge needs a thrash-ing.......sad day when criminals and illegals have more laws protecting them than lawabiding hardworking citizens who were born here or who are here legally have. Where are my liberties.....I want immigration laws in place and I want them to be enforced.....

Sweet son
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Sweet son 06/27/11 - 03:36 pm
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Sounds like the Judge blocked

Sounds like the Judge blocked anything significant in the law. What is left? Only in America! The ACLU and other like organizations will take the US on down the drain before our own government does it for us!!

Billyds999
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Billyds999 06/27/11 - 03:52 pm
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Why don't we just get rid of

Why don't we just get rid of our representatives and senators, and just let the judges run the country and make the laws.
- oh never mind... the judges are already doing that...

Chillen
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Chillen 06/27/11 - 05:21 pm
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Hmmmm. A liberal judge

Hmmmm. A liberal judge appointed by Bill Clinton has a problem with us enforcing the law. Big surprise.

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rmwhitley 06/27/11 - 05:39 pm
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There is no such organization
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There is no such organization as a " civil liberties group". They are left-wing members of the democratic party adding members by promise of a life of entitlement. demoncrats should hang their heads in shame.

curly123053
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curly123053 06/27/11 - 09:04 pm
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I find US Judge Thomas Thrash

I find US Judge Thomas Thrash in contempt of the security of the US by his "politically correct" ruling. Your Honor, if the FEDS were doing their jobs the states would not have to be taking care of the FEDS business.

KSL
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KSL 06/27/11 - 09:24 pm
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One source said 10,000

One source said 10,000 illegals cross the border every day now. You do the numbers. They go a long way to bankrupting this country. I say let the Mexican drug lords take care of them, not the US taxpayers.

KSL
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KSL 06/27/11 - 09:25 pm
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Hope you get my drift. Keep

Hope you get my drift. Keep them out of America.

DanK
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DanK 06/27/11 - 09:54 pm
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The rest of the law will

The rest of the law will probably be gutted as well -- and deservedly so. It is bad law that not only targets anyone who is not white or has an accent, but puts an onerous burden on law enforcement and even ordinary citizens. The knee-jerk "keep out them illegal aliens" is just right-wing fanatics churning the pot. And the effects of the vile rhetoric has already driven *legal* immigrants away from Georgia. The results will be apparent when farmers are unable to harvest their crops later this year. Another economic hit on Georgia.

tckr1983
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tckr1983 06/27/11 - 10:56 pm
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ACLU - American Civil

ACLU - American Civil Liberties Union. The law in question applies to people that aren't American, here illegally and therefore have no liberties in this country. Am I missing something?

Pretty bad when the executive branch, the democrats, some republicans and now the judicial branch are in effect against securing our nations borders for the sake of its own people. Nothing that makes sense is ever applied to law in this country anymore. US government priorities: Anyone else > U.S. citizens

southern2
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southern2 06/28/11 - 06:03 am
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The greatest threat to

The greatest threat to American liberty is the federally appointed, liberal, judges. They should not be able to rule from the bench. The balance of power is lost and our Constitution is threatened. How do you define illegal?

wondersnevercease
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wondersnevercease 06/28/11 - 07:26 am
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Will no one rid us of these
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Will no one rid us of these meddlesom liberal bottom feeding judges?

faithson
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faithson 06/28/11 - 07:49 am
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You all do realize that as

You all do realize that as the law is written (poorly) we Georgians will need to keep papers of identification on our person to: Ride Marta, use a taxi, any form of public transportation. Just because the law was passed doesn't make it allowable.

southern2
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southern2 06/28/11 - 12:21 pm
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My papers of ID are always on

My papers of ID are always on my person. I never thought much about it. As many times as I have properly ID'd myself I just consider it a normal and reasonable expectation especially with the threats we face today. Of course, I've never tried to hide anything.

paulwheeler
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paulwheeler 06/28/11 - 10:39 am
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We must remember what

We must remember what happenend to the American Indians when they could not control illegal immigration...

faithson
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faithson 06/28/11 - 10:46 am
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@southern, they came for

@southern, they came for homosexuals and deviants and I said nothing, they came for the jews and I said nothing, they came for my neighbors and I said nothing... they came for me and there was no one left! I always give short shift to people who think they are immune.

paul v balducci
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paul v balducci 06/28/11 - 11:34 am
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Those of you who find the

Those of you who find the ruling "politically correct" have obviously not read the judge's 79 page decision. His opinion is based on legal principles, not on politics. The failure of our federal government to reform our failed immigration system is, however, based purely on politics. What if the federal judge had upheld the Georgia immigration law? Where would these illegal aliens be held? Georgia cannot deport anyone, only turn them over to ICE for removal. The cost to the state would be overwhelming and would be especially difficult (and costly) for law enforcement in rural communities. We rely on foreign labor and it is time to reform the law so that Georgia employers can hire the labor they need in a legal manner. There are some jobs (agriculture)that Georgia employers, despite their best efforts, struggle to fill.

As with most difficult problems facing our country, such us the national debt and health care, the solution is not easy and will require someone make tough decisions.

copperhead
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copperhead 06/28/11 - 01:45 pm
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Georgia unemployment at 9%.

Georgia unemployment at 9%. ILLEGAL immigrants make up 7% of work force. You do the math.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 06/28/11 - 02:04 pm
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If people keep making excuses

If people keep making excuses for not doing something about the illegal problem then it will only continue to grow. Yeah it may cost the state money to get rid of them or control them but they are costing the state money as it is. Go sit in any emergency room or visit any jail or any classroom, we are already paying a price. and to dank, I don't think the farmers will have a problem...apparently you haven't looked around small towns lately.

david jennings
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david jennings 06/28/11 - 03:57 pm
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You know which political

You know which political party all the illegals will support dont you?

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