The national Center for Immigration Studies says Hispanics will cast about 4.4 percent of Georgia votes in the November election. Nationally, Hispanics will cast 9 percent of the votes, up from 7.8 percent in 2008.
Starting in January, Georgia’s new immigration law requires companies with 500 workers or more to use the federal E-Verify system to ensure their employees can work here legally. Over the next year, smaller employers will be phased in in two waves. The online system checks eligibility with the Social Security Administration and the Bureau of Citizen and Immigration Services.
Georgia's new immigration law is affecting businesses beyond those in agriculture and other industries that rely on immigrant labor. Shops catering to Hispanics say, their customer base is drying up, leaving them worried about their future. One such store owner says, she might close up shop -- leaving her town with one more shuttered small business.