Georgia lawmakers pass Arizona-style immigration law
April 15th, 2011
10:23 AM ET
3 years ago

Georgia lawmakers pass Arizona-style immigration law

Atlanta (CNN) – Unmoved by threats of boycotts and lawsuits, the Georgia Legislature has joined Arizona in passing what may be one of the nation's toughest anti-illegal immigration laws.

The Republican-dominated state House and Senate passed House Bill 87 Thursday during the final hours of the 2011 Georgia General Assembly. Georgia GOP Gov. Nathan Deal intends to sign the bill into law, his spokesman, Brian Robinson, said Friday.

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  1. Phil in KC

    If the AZ law has been halted, what makes them think their law will succeed? These states seem to forget that federal law trumps state law. That issue was settled 145 years ago. People who keep trying to fight that just aren't facing reality. They need to figure out a different way to deal with the situation.

    April 15, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  2. Tired of the nonsense

    Republican dominated. Those two words right there show the depths of evil these people will sink to.

    April 15, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    A total waste of taxpayers dollars by the governors behind closed doors when the people expect them to be behind closed doors working on attacking their states job and housing market. These governors need to be impeached for doing nothing for the people who voted for them. This isn't something they campaign on and it sure isn't something that will create jobs and housing, it's no more than "window dressing" for their own self serving agenda.

    April 15, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. Sniffit

    But this bill getting enacted, complete with obscenely long and disproportionate prison terms etc., is nothing more than a coincindence with the fact that Georgia has one of the most rapidly growing minority populations and that their Department of Corrections...overseeing one of the largest prison populations in the country...started pushing private prisons (read: corporate) as a means for dealing with their ridiculously large prison population. Yep, just coincidence. Not related in any way.

    April 15, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    The history of immigratoin in this country has been that it comes in waves, meaning immigrants come from mostly one area of the world for a decade or two. During the '60s and '70s, the US saw a wave of immigration coming from the Carribbean. Remember the Haitian boat people news stories, anyone?

    The Reagan administration sought to combat the reason for immigrants coming here, jobs. The I-9 form was invented. It was to be filled out by new employees and sent to the IRS along with their W-4s. The I-9 was a form of verification of your SS number and citizneship. It worked. But, a new wave was already forming from Central and South America.

    The new wave of immigrants were more welcomed than the Carribbeans. The IRS complained about what amounted to an immigration form. Bush, Sr. pushed for a got legislation that no longer required that employers mail the I-9 to the IRS. They simply needed to keep it on file in the event of a visit by the INS. HIspanic immigrants soon outpaced all other immigrant groups.

    The Hispanics were percieved as hard working, but above all as cheap labor. Many were illegal and did not wish to join unions, for all they wanted was money to send back home in most cases. Cheap non-union labor! What a bargain! Bush, Jr passed legislation that modified the requirement that employers retain the I-9. They only needed to keep it on file for 3 years.

    The flood gates opened. It was easy to hire illegal immigrants, and it was attractive for illegal immigrants to come. It was also easy for them to come to the US. No large ocean was impeding their travel.

    Today, we have the same political groups that modified laws that encouraged and allowed their immigration to suddenly cut them off. They made the problem, yet blame others for the cause of it.

    April 15, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. harrhar

    Obviously the economy is NOT what these lawmakers are concerned about. In fact, they want to throw away tax payer money defending the defenseless "law"

    April 15, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  7. diridi

    I fully agree it is the time for us to pass strict immigration law, and send tax cheats, home permanently....o.k

    April 15, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Workers convicted of using fake identifications to get jobs could be sentenced to 15 years in prison and fined $250,000.
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    And just how much are we fining the BUSINESSES that hire the illegals? Or for that matter the individuals that hire them as nannies, cooks, you know, cheap slave labor. How much do these Rockefellers, "pillars" of their communities get fined?

    I totally understand and agree with the principle. I TOTALLY, however, disagree with the fact that it is just one side of the equation, per usual, bearing the brunt of the punishment. Welcome to the United Corporate States of America where your MONEY speaks louder than your vote.

    April 15, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  9. rusty155

    Let me say a couple of thing here, Not only Is this RACIAL Profiling and Discrimination. And the state of Georgia say they are doing this because the school are over crowded ,and any body that had a fake ID will be put In Jail for Fifteen years. Now to me It would cost the State less to have a kid go thought school here , and the chances are the kid was born It the US any how and that make the kid a US Citizens. than put some one with a fake ID In Jail for Fifteen years ,because the state going to have to feed, take care of as in Med. and denial for 24 hour a day your fifteen year. This Is going to cost the state of Georgia and It Tax paying more money that if they just left thing along. If you put some kid family in Jail you will also have to pay to take care of there kids. Are the people of Georgia Really that RACIST or this has something to do with the TEA PARTY and the GOP. Yes American you keep putting people back by the TEA PARTY and the REPUBLICAN and It will tear America apart. The RACIST have to stop. I live three years In NC. and 12 years in Va. and i have never seen this kind of RACIST. Is this all because of the President skin color , Well the American people voted for him with all type of shin color. And I bet he will win again. The TEA PARTY and the REPUBLICAN PARTY are just making fool of your self, and you are going to lose a lot of voter. Because let tell you one thing right now Is, THE REALLY ONLY REAL AMERICAN ARE AMERICAN INDIAN all the rest us were born here by Illegal Immigrants because I'M sure the American Indian didn't say It was are right because we wouldn't have had American Indian wars. State like your are tearing America apart, Racist has to stop. Just so you know I'm fifty six years old White man ,and spend three year in the Military and fought beside of people of all color of skin watching my back and was glad they were there.

    April 15, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  10. Keep Passing These Unconstitutional Laws . . .

    So we can use our tax dollars to pay for the lawyers hired to defend them in court.

    April 15, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |