Tue., February 8, 2011 4:10pm (EST)

House Immigration Bill Concerns City Governments
By Melissa Stiers
Updated: 3 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
The House's immigration bill is one that would let citizens sue the state or cities when they don’t comply with a 2006 law. (Photo by Ammodramus
The House's immigration bill is one that would let citizens sue the state or cities when they don’t comply with a 2006 law. (Photo by Ammodramus
City governments are raising concerns about the cost of implementing a state immigration reform bill.

Among the many provisions in the House's immigration bill is one that would let citizens sue the state or cities when they don’t comply with a 2006 law. That law says local and state government must verify that new hires and anyone receiving public benefits are in the country legally.

Rusi Patel is with the Georgia Municipal Association.

"We are greatly concerned cities will be faced with burden of litigation costs that they won’t be able to handle," Patel says.

Patel worries local courts will be flooded with frivolous lawsuits. Some suggestions to remedy that included fining people who take undue advantage of the law or letting the attorney general or district attorney handle the claims.

Lawmakers say they will continue to revise the bill.