Two Democratic lawmakers want to give small businesses more time before they are forced to use a federal database meant to keep illegal immigrants from the workforce. A bill would give companies with 10 to 50 employees until 2015 before the must use the E-Verify database.
Immigration was a dominant topic during the last legislative session in Georgia. And while it's likely to surface again when lawmakers return to the Capitol next month, it probably won't take as large a share of the spotlight.
A federal judge blocked two sections of Georgia's immigration law, but the rest of the law is set to take effect. Beginning Friday, it will be a felony to use false documents when applying for a job. Another part of the law creates a board to investigate complaints about government officials not complying with state laws on illegal immigration. Several other laws take effect Friday in Georgia, including a law allowing billboard owners to clear state-owned trees that block views of their signs.
Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue said this week the state might face some unintended consequences with its new immigration law. He said he wanted Georgia to be known as a state that was friendly and welcoming to people.
A federal judge has set a June 20 hearing for arguments on an attempt by civil liberties groups to block Georgia's law cracking down on illegal immigration from taking effect. The groups earlier this week asked Judge Thomas Thrash to block the law until a lawsuit they filed last week has been resolved.ing down on illegal immigration. The groups filed a request asking the court to block the law from taking effect until the lawsuit they filed last week has been resolved.
Georgia's new immigration law is affecting businesses beyond those in agriculture and other industries that rely on immigrant labor. Shops catering to Hispanics say, their customer base is drying up, leaving them worried about their future. One such store owner says, she might close up shop -- leaving her town with one more shuttered small business.