Georgia imposes tougher immigration laws
Georgia authorizes officials to verify residency proofs from suspected people
Georgia seems to be aligning with Arizona in implementing strict immigration laws. The aim for both is to curb illegal immigration. According to the new law passed in Georgia, police officials have been given the authority to demand documents related to residency status from any individual they suspect.
The bill in Georgia is a little modified from that in Arizona. Here an employer can seek confirmation being online if an employee can work legally in the US.
The Bill has been introduced to curb illegal employment, the main cause of illegal immigration and also to reduce the tax burden on the payers who are paying more due to these illegal entities in the state.
Brian Robinson, Governor’s spokesperson says, “Rural legislators have voted for this bill. Those legislators attuned to agriculture and agribusiness came on board.”
There are people who are quite of an age and have been living here since childhood, have retaliated to the law. They opine that they went to a school in Georgia, they acquired they education here and they have their families here, so to illegalize them is an unfair step towards them.
There are people belonging to two schools of thoughts on this issue.
The group against the law fear that there will be unnecessary harassment to innocent people. The law may lead to racial discrimination and also an unfair deal for those who have been staying here for ages now and are engaged into various industries.
The group that strongly recommends the implementation of such a law opine that only the suspects and those who will be found committing a crime will be asked to submit an identity proof. So, they feel that the question of harassment does not arise.
They also suggest that being “illegal” does not belong to any particular race. It’s a problem which needs to be cured and curbed.
The supporters of the law are also hopeful that it would keep a check on illegal employment as employers are subject to E verification now. They understand that the cause of illegal immigration is illegal employment; hence curbing the former would also put a control on the latter.
Hence, the law has its own justification as long as it is implemented with true spirit without harassing the innocents.