on April 14, Georgia passed an immigration Bill. The bill is similar to the SB1070 Immigration Law in Arizona. The HB87 differs from the SB1070 in that HB87 is less brutal. The HB87 allows the state and local police to check immigration status only if they suspects a serious crime. They are not allowed to check immigration status if it’s a minor crime. The bill also requires private employers to verify their newly hired employers, punish those who use fake identification to get a job. HB87 will punish people who deliberately “transport or harbor” undocumented immigrants. It encourages people to use local and state government officials who do not enforce the law. In other words, helping undocumented workers for housing or work can be punishable by law.
It is as if nobody really cares about this community’s safety anymore. they only think about the bad things undocumented immigrants might do. People forget about the good things undocumented do for this country such as paying taxes and working in the worst jobs Americans would not dare do. All of these anti-immigration laws are only creating a boundary between the community and police officers. Anti-immigration bills like the HB87 take away the confidence that the community put on authority officials, leaving the communities unsafe and unprotected from real crimes. It is unbelievable that Georgia would want to pass an anti-immigration law, Arizona style when they are an agriculture state. Georgia needs agriculturist to work in their farms, agriculturist who most of the time are undocumented immigrants.
Georgia Passes Immigration Law. By: Mary Silver Publish: April 17, 2011