Georgia Passes Immigration Bill

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Georgia state lawmakers passed House Bill 87 this month, one of the harshest enforcement-based immigration policies in the country. Passed just before their legislative session ended, HB 87 is styled after Arizona’s SB 1070, and comes as Republican-controlled state governments across the country are adopting enforcement-only policies, including Indiana, Utah and others.

The bill also makes it illegal to knowingly transport undocumented immigrants and requires business with more than 10 employees to use a federal immigration database called E-Verify to check immigration status and minimize document fraud. The bill would authorize state and local police to check an individual’s immigration status during a lawful stop or detention, and create criminal penalties for any individual who encourages an illegal alien to come to the state, or one who transports or harbors an illegal alien once they arrive.

It also would penalize those who use fake identification to get a job in the state. Under the bill’s identity fraud provisions, violations would be punishable by up to 10 years in prison or a $100,000 fine and repeat violations would be punishable with up to 15 years in prison, but no less than three, and a fine of up to $250,000.

More and more states are tackling immigration issues by bringing out Arizona-like bills. To be compliant it is advisable to sign up with the E-verify program and ensure an eligible workforce.

Disclaimer: The content of this post does not constitute direct legal advice and is designed for informational purposes only. Any issues regarding compliance and obligations under United States or International laws or regulations should be addressed through your legal department or outside counsel.

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