Monday, August 8, 2011


Georgia's Attorney General’s Office published a two-page list of 'secure and verifiable' identification documents people must use to get state benefits and services according to HB87.
The list includes U.S. and foreign passports (at least they include foreign passports which is great); U.S. military identification cards; state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards; tribal identification cards; and federally issued permanent resident cards. What about federally issued employment documents and things like that? Those are not included and people like refugees or asylees will not be able to produce these documents (usually they flee without passports).
As of January 1, 2012, state and local government agencies must start requiring people who apply for benefits such as food stamps, housing assistance and business licenses to provide at least one of these documents.
Government officials who violate this law can face up to 12 months in prison and up to $1,000 in fines. However this part of the law does not apply to some groups of people, including those reporting crimes, police investigating crimes and people providing services to infants and other children. So at least that part is better than the Alabama law (which requires school officials to report undocumented children registering for school).

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