05/15/2011

Backlash already brewing against nascent Ga. immigration law

Proposed immigration law could be costly for Georgia as athletic groups and events might boycott the state

By Ray Glier
USA TODAY

ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is reviewing an immigration bill passed by the state legislature and said he plans to sign it. The bill is modeled after a controversial law in Arizona that could result in the deportations of undocumented residents.

Atlanta and the state of Georgia, which have hosted the Olympics, Final Four, baseball All-Star Game, NHL All-Star Game and Super Bowl, could be explaining themselves in front of bid committees for the next few years and find doors closing. HB 87 would allow police to check the immigration status of suspects, even in routine traffic stops.

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