Thu., April 25, 2013 11:00am (EDT)

Deal Signs Immigration Law 'Fix'
By Associated Press
Updated: 1 year ago

ATLANTA  —  
Georgia's governor has signed a bill that aims to fix some unintended consequences of the state's 2011 crackdown on illegal immigration. The legislation signed by Gov. Nathan Deal on Wednesday also makes certain parts of the law stricter. (Photo Courtesy of sayednairb via Flickr.)
Georgia's governor has signed a bill that aims to fix some unintended consequences of the state's 2011 crackdown on illegal immigration. The legislation signed by Gov. Nathan Deal on Wednesday also makes certain parts of the law stricter. (Photo Courtesy of sayednairb via Flickr.)
Georgia's governor has signed a bill that aims to fix some unintended consequences of the state's 2011 crackdown on illegal immigration.

The legislation signed by Gov. Nathan Deal on Wednesday also makes certain parts of the law stricter.

The bill addresses complaints from several state agencies that the 2011 law created extra work and delays in processing public benefits, including professional licenses. It eliminates the requirement for U.S. citizens to prove their citizenship when they renew a benefit.

The bill also eliminates foreign passports from a list of documents required for official dealings with state or local government agencies unless they have proof of legal presence.

Critics say that could keep people in the country illegally from having access to certain government services or buildings for which an ID is required.