Experts are questioning the constitutionality of a bill that would prevent people who are in Georgia illegally from using a foreign passport for identification. State lawmakers passed the bill last month as part of an effort to fix problems with previous immigration legislation.
State Senator John Bulloch of Ochlocknee said Thursday he’s resigning following a bout with meningitis. Colleagues say he took independent positions that hewed closer to his rural constituents’ needs than the party line.
University System of Georgia officials say, President Obama’s immigration order in June won’t change anything for undocumented students now barred from the state’s top colleges. But some immigration attorneys disagree.
The state auditor has warned 1,000 communities they may be violating a 2011 law cracking down on illegal immigration. Municipalities must prove contractors doing public work don’t have illegal employees.
Monday’s Supreme Court ruling on Arizona’s immigration law is expected to resolve parts of Georgia’s immigration crackdown that are still tied up in court. But the High Court ruling does not clear up questions about another piece of the nation’s immigration debate. It’s an order Pres. Obama issued this month that will spare some young undocumented residents from deportation. The directive’s impact in Georgia is uncertain.
Pres. Obama issued an executive order Friday. It gives immunity to some undocumented people from deportation. It will affect the majority of the estimated 400,000 undocumented residents in Georgia, experts say. That figure includes many students who were brought here illegally as children.
The U.S. Supreme Court will rule this month on Arizona’s immigration law. The decision will have an immediate impact on a similar Georgia law, which a federal court has blocked. But Georgia’s immigration dilemma will continue regardless of the court’s decision.
Prison inmates are working on a Vidalia onion farm in southeast Georgia. It’s part of a state program to fill empty farm jobs. The ‘transitional’ inmates packing onions at the Wayne Durrence Farm in Glennville are getting ready to return to the outside world. A part of their paychecks goes to the state to defray incarceration costs.