May 13, 2011
Gov. Nathan Deal on Friday signed one of the nation’s toughest immigration enforcement measures into law amid threats of court challenges and economic boycotts targeting Georgia.
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Partly patterned after a stringent law Arizona enacted last year, Georgia’s House Bill 87 empowers police to investigate the immigration status of certain suspects. The measure also sets new hiring requirements for employers and penalizes people who transport or harbor illegal immigrants here.
Deal, who campaigned for governor last year on bringing an Arizona-style law to Georgia, called his signature on HB 87 an historic moment.
“While I believe immigration is an issue that… should be addressed at the federal level,” he told reporters, “this legislation I believe is a responsible step forward in the absence of federal action.”