Two years after Georgia and Alabama passed tough laws to drive away people living in the country illegally, the states' agricultural areas are still heavily populated with foreign workers, many of whom don't have legal authorization to be here.
The state of Georgia is considering its options a day after a federal appeals court denied its request to reconsider a ruling on the state's tough law targeting illegal immigration. The Georgia attorney general's office said Tuesday it hadn't made any decision about its next step.
Opponents of a policy that effectively bans illegal immigrants from Georgia's most competitive state colleges and universities plan to ask the university system to overturn it. Two young people are set to address a committee of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia Tuesday.
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.