A civil rights coalition will begin monitoring 28 jurisdictions after a federal judge ruled that Georgia law enforcement can ask a person to prove their legal status. Immigration advocates want to make sure officers don’t go beyond the letter of the law.
Two years after Georgia and Alabama passed tough laws to drive away people living in the country illegally, the states' agricultural areas are still heavily populated with foreign workers, many of whom don't have legal authorization to be here.
Gwinnett County has renewed an agreement allowing its officers to enforce some federal immigration laws. Since 2009, Gwinnett County sheriff deputies have been able to check the immigration status of arrested people.
The Congressional Budget Office released a report this week that says reforming the nation’s immigration system would cut the deficit and boost the economy. The report focuses on the economic impact of a sector of the workforce that’s also the subject of research by a nonprofit, bi-partisan group in Georgia called The Essential Economy. That group says Georgia’s economy *depends* on lower-skilled workers, many of whom are undocumented.
The U.S. Senate took the first steps toward voting on comprehensive immigration reform Tuesday. It’s expected to pass the Senate, and then it will move to the House, where a tougher battle awaits. If passed in its current form, the bill would affect a wide range of Georgia residents.
Many Evangelical Christians say they now support an immigration overhaul that would include a path to citizenship for people here illegally. But debate among Georgia evangelicals continues as the U.S. Senate takes up reform legislation.
Immigrant rights groups pushing for national reform marched Wednesday in many cities, including Atlanta. Protesters here in Georgia also pressed Gov. Nathan Deal to veto a bill that would bar people here illegally from using a foreign passport for ID.
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.
Thousands of people become new U.S. citizens every year, but not many get to do it while shaking the hand of a former president. About 40 immigrants became citizens on Thursday at the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in Plains, with Carter himself in attendance.