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Georgia to Check Immigration Papers

May 17, 2011
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The governor of Georgia signed a law that gives police the power to question suspects about the status of their immigration. The law is very much like laws passed recently in Arizona and Utah. The law takes effect July 1, 2011.

Some civil rights groups may be filing lawsuits against Georgia. Court orders have delayed enforcement of the harshest sections of the laws passed in Arizona and Utah. It is likely the United States Supreme Court will rule on these laws sometime in the future.

The author of the law says the police can only ask for immigration papers of criminal suspects. If documents are not available, the suspect goes to jail. The deportation process starts. He believes the law is constitutional.

The new law makes it harder for employers to hire undocumented workers.

Alabama and South Carolina are also likely to pass immigration laws this year.

The New York Times


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