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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Senate Agriculture committee has approved a resolution urging Congress to allow states to administer their own version of the H-2A federal visa program that allows employers to bring in foreign workers for seasonal agricultural work.