Gov. Nathan Deal signed one of the nationís toughest immigration law. YEAH GA!!May 13 2011 at 3:02 PM
Finally help for the burden of law breakers. If you want to be here do it legally. I'm tired of paying taxes so you can get food stamps, free healthcare and free education.
A recent estimate by the Pew Hispanic Center puts the number of illegal immigrants in Georgia at 425,000, the seventh-highest among the states. Those illegal immigrants, supporters of HB 87 say, are taking jobs from state residents and burdening Georgias public schools, hospitals and jails.
Local and state police will be empowered to arrest illegal immigrants and take them to state and federal jails.
People who use fake identification to get a job in Georgia could face up to 15 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines
People who -- while committing another crime -- knowingly transport or harbor illegal immigrants or encourage them to come to Georgia could face penalties. First-time offenders would face imprisonment for up to 12 months and up to $1,000 in fines.
A seven-member Immigration Enforcement Review Board will be established to investigate complaints about local and state government officials not enforcing state immigration-related laws.
Government officials who violate state laws requiring cities, counties and state government agencies to use E-Verify could face fines of up to $10,000 and removal from office.
The state Agriculture Department will be directed to study the possibility of creating Georgia's own guest-worker program. Some Georgia employers have complained the federal government's guest-worker program is too burdensome and expensive.
State and local government agencies must start requiring people applying for public benefits -- such as food stamps, housing assistance and business licenses -- to provide at least one secure and verifiable document, which could be a state or federally issued form of identification. Consular matriculation cards will not be accepted. The state attorney generals office is required to post a list of acceptable documents on its website by Aug.
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