The state attorney general's office says the state has filed a notice of appeal of a federal judge's ruling that blocked parts of the Georgia law cracking down on illegal immigration from taking effect. The official appeal has not yet been filed with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. The 11th Circuit filing will include a brief that will lay out the state's objections to the ruling.
A federal judge blocked two sections of Georgia's immigration law earlier this week, 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.
An agriculture industry group estimates a shortage of migrant labor may wind up costing Georgia fruit and vegetable farmers $300 million in crop losses. Officials worry the total economic impact will be even greater if crops from the next harvest are lost.
Mexico and 10 other countries have filed amicus briefs in a lawsuit that asks a judge to declare Georgia's new immigration law unconstitutional and to block it from being enforced. The lawsuit was filed two weeks ago by civil liberties groups.
Governor Nathan Deal says labor shortages at some South Georgia farms could provide jobs for the unemployed. But agriculture and labor experts say harvesting jobs typically don’t appeal to many native-born workers.