A Georgia House bill intended to fix unintended consequences of a 2011 crackdown on illegal immigration appears to have stalled in a Senate committee. The committee instead voted on an amended version of a similar Senate bill.
Georgia's Immigration Enforcement Review Board has received a complaint that many city and county government agencies are not complying with a key part of the state's new anti-illegal immigration law. Government employers with two or more employees must file annual reports certifying they and their public works contractors are using the E-Verify system.
The city of Atlanta has asked a newly created state panel charged with ensuring that public employees and agencies comply with state laws on immigration to delay action on a complaint filed against the mayor and city council members.
The Georgia Senate passed legislation Monday that would ban illegal immigrant students from state colleges and universities. The bill would bar illegal immigrants from all state colleges, universities and technical schools and also makes tweaks to other state laws having to do with illegal immigration.
Students, educators and lawmakers plan to gather at the Georgia Capitol to protest legislative proposals that would ban illegal immigrant students from all state colleges, universities and technical schools.
The University of Georgia could vote this week on whether to oppose a policy that requires the school to turn away illegal immigrants who apply for admission. The University Council will vote Thursday on whether to ask the state Board of Regents to reverse its policy.
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.