Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Georgia's Arizona-style immigration law most likely will be challenged in courts, embarrass state

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 12:30 PM

click to enlarge Rep. Matt Ramsey - GA.GOV
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State lawmakers are practically falling over each other introducing various pieces of legislation aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration.

The bill most closely watched, however, belongs to state Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, who served as vice-chair of an all-Republican committee tasked with crafting legislation about the issue. (State Sen. Jack Murphy, R-Cumming, the committee's chairman, is expected to introduce a similar bill this week.)

Ramsey's legislation apparently includes a provision that the AJC says is similar to Arizona's controversial anti-immigration law the state's governor signed last year. That law, which required police officers to check the immigration status of a detained person whom they suspect illegally entered the country, became entangled in a constitutional challenge by the U.S. Justice Department.

Political observers are already saying that, should the Ramsey's legislation become law, the federal government will also take Georgia to court. Not to mention hurt the Peach State's both in an economic and social sense. (Arizona experienced a drastic drop in convention business after its immigration battle dominated the headlines.)

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