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.
A federal judge could decide as early as today whether he will grant a temporary injunction of Georgia’s new immigration law. Judge Thomas Thrash will hold a hearing in Atlanta on a motion by the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups to block the law from going into effect on July 1.
A Georgia Department of Agriculture survey has revealed a shortage in farm labor. But the question is, why aren't those jobs filled? The farmers surveyed report a need for 11,000 workers this year. That’s despite a state unemployment rate of 9.9 percent.
Civil rights groups have filed an injunction to block a Georgia law that cracks down on illegal immigration. They’re asking a federal judge to halt the law before it goes into effect on July 1. The groups are also asking the judge to expedite a hearing on a class-action lawsuit filed last week.
Governor Nathan Deal says labor shortages at some South Georgia farms could provide jobs for the unemployed. But agriculture and labor experts say harvesting jobs typically don’t appeal to many native-born workers.
The Supreme Court has upheld an Arizona law that penalizes businesses for hiring workers in the country illegally. But lawyers in Atlanta who are taking steps to file an injunction against a similar Georgia law say the ruling will not affect their plans.
A federal program might not cover the full costs of Georgia's new immigration law. When Gov. Nathan Deal signed the bill into law this month, he said a U.S. Department of Homeland Security program called 287(g) could help pick up the tab.