Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue said this week the state might face some unintended consequences with its new immigration law. He said he wanted Georgia to be known as a state that was friendly and welcoming to people.
Gov. Nathan Deal has received the results of a Department of Agriculture survey of farmers to determine whether growers are suffering a labor shortage. Deal’s spokeswoman said the governor will review the data and comment on it next week.
A federal judge has set a June 20 hearing for arguments on an attempt by civil liberties groups to block Georgia's law cracking down on illegal immigration from taking effect. The groups earlier this week asked Judge Thomas Thrash to block the law until a lawsuit they filed last week has been resolved.ing down on illegal immigration. The groups filed a request asking the court to block the law from taking effect until the lawsuit they filed last week has been resolved.
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.
A group of Democratic State Senators brought an immigration hearing to Savannah this weekend. A panel led by Tucker State Senator Curt Thompson is a Democratic version of an all Republican one that met last year. Both committees have collected testimony on immigration's impact on Georgia.