Georgia lawmakers are considering adopting an Arizona-style law in Georgia, turning it to be one of the most aggressive anti-immigration states in the union. According to estimates, Georgia is Number 6 in the country with approximately 480,000 undocumented immigrants, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
According to a poll commissioned by the Georgia Newspaper Partnership, more than two-thirds of Georgians support restrictions similar to those enacted in Arizona, which is sad but not surprising because Georgians are very conservative (historically two thirds of Georgia voters are Republicans).
Georgia already has a few counties around the metro Atlanta area participating in the controversial 287(g) program, which include Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Gwinnett, Hall and Whitfield.
The Georgia lawmakers already have pre-filed two bills — to prevent undocumented from attending Georgia’s public colleges and to block their employment by state and county governments.
Battling immigration is a priority for new Gov.-elect Nathan Deal and the new Georgia Congress. It is going to get even more ugly.