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.
Georgia's governor has signed a bill that aims to fix some unintended consequences of the state's 2011 crackdown on illegal immigration. The legislation signed by Gov. Nathan Deal on Wednesday also makes certain parts of the law stricter.
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.
Licenses for more than 3,500 registered nurses have been placed on hold at the Secretary of State’s office. A spokesman said the licenses have been placed on hold because state officials have yet to receive documents necessary to renew them.
The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday issued an order denying the state's petition for a full court hearing. A three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit in August left in place a lower court injunction that blocks part of Georgia's law making it illegal for someone to knowingly harbor or transport an illegal immigrant during the commission of a crime.
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.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said he isn't seeking changes to Georgia's tough law targeting illegal immigration. Deal said parts of the law have only been in effect for a few months and more time is needed to assess how it's working.