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Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 11:52am

Immigration Law Starts Friday

A federal judge blocked two sections of Georgia's immigration law earlier this week, but the rest of the law is set to take effect.

Beginning Friday, it will be a felony to use false documents when applying for a job. Another part of the law creates a board to investigate complaints about government officials not complying with state laws on illegal immigration.

Starting Jan. 1, businesses with 500 or more employees will have to use a federal database to check the immigration status of new hires, a requirement that will be phased in for all businesses with more than 10 employees by July 2013.

Judge Thomas Thrash on Monday blocked two sections of the law until a lawsuit filed by the groups challenging the law's constitutionality can be resolved.