Monday, June 20, 2011

Opposing sides set to square off over Georgia immigration law - CNN.com

Opposing sides set to square off over Georgia immigration law - CNN.com

Supporters and critics of Georgia's controversial new immigration law will face off in federal court Monday.

Several immigrant and civil rights organizations say the law, which aims to crack down on illegal immigration, is unconstitutional. They filed a class-action lawsuit earlier this month, asking a federal judge to stop the law before it goes into effect July 1.

The law, commonly known as HB 87, allows police to ask about immigration status when questioning suspects in certain criminal investigations.

It also allows the imposition of prison sentences for people who knowingly transport illegal immigrants during the commission of a crime and says that workers convicted of using fake identification to get jobs could be sentenced to 15 years in prison and fined $250,000.

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