January 10th marks the entry of the new legislature to Georgia. Many of the legislators are not new but re-elected and the Georgia congress remains predominantly Republican. This time around, the legislators are not procrastinating and plan to introduce bills to combat illegal immigration, starting with two bills that were filed in the previous session and were not yet voted on. The first one would ban the undocumented from attending state colleges and the other would make it illegal for government contractors to hire undocumented as labor.
During times of economic pressure, as we are currently experiencing, immigrants become a favorite scapegoat for the lack of available jobs, even though most economic studies have shown that the immigrant factor on job loss and availability is negligible. Unfortunately immigrants are an easy target in the south.