Two days before Congress rejected compromise immigration reform, Gwinnett County commissioners on Tuesday passed a get-tough-on-illegals measure to make companies seeking county contracts verify that their employees are legal U.S. residents.
Our prisons are too overflowing with some of these people. The American citizen, the honest worker is requested to pay the bill for everything. That is unjust.
— Gwinnett resident Charlotte Gutsmann, quoted in the Gwinnett Daily Post telling commissioners about her frustrations with illegal workers
What if these immigrant workers all left tomorrow? Many of these businesses would have to shut their doors. … Millions of native-born Americans who work for those companies would lose their jobs, too.
— Georgia Employers for Immigration Reform radio ad