11/18/2010

Ga. immigration policing laws proposed

Committee wants to draft new law before next session

By Jeremy Redmon
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

ATLANTA — A state legislative panel studying whether Georgia should adopt Arizona-style laws on illegal immigration has received a long list of proposals to consider, including authorizing all local and state law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration laws.

Also on the list is a proposed requirement for all businesses to use the federal E-Verify database to ensure their employees are in the country legally. Other proposals include creating new criminal offenses for people who stop vehicles to hire and pick up day laborers; conceal, harbor or shield illegal immigrants; or encourage illegal immigrants to move here.

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