Friday, April 15, 2011

Georgia lawmakers pass Arizona-style immigration bill

Georgia lawmakers pass Arizona-style immigration bill Reuters

An Arizona-style immigration bill cleared the Georgia legislature late Thursday and needs only the governor's signature to become law.

The legislation would give police authority to question suspects about their immigration status. It would also require many private employers to check the immigration status of newly hired workers on a federal database called E-Verify.

After extended debate, both the state Senate and House of Representatives passed the legislation in the final hours of their 40-day session.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has not said whether he would sign it.

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