A federal report shows Georgia had the sixth-largest number of illegal immigrants in the country in January 2011. The Department of Homeland Security report released Friday shows that about 440,000 illegal immigrants lived in Georgia. Only California, Texas, Florida, New York and Illinois had larger illegal immigrant populations.
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.
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 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.
A federal judge heard arguments on a request by civil liberties groups to block Georgia's law cracking down on illegal immigration from taking effect until a legal challenge has been resolved, but said he would not make an immediate ruling.
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.