By J. Smith
It is monkey see, monkey do in state legislatures across the nation, as Georgia adopted an immigration bill similar to the highly controversial one in Arizona. Arguing that the federal government is not doing enough to secure the country’s borders, both chambers passed a bill that would require businesses to confirm that new hires are legally eligible to work in the United States and authorize police to inquire about the immigration status of criminal suspects, Politico reports.
Apparently, Georgia thinks they’re immune from the scrutiny other states have received over their bills that would essentially permit racial profiling. On Monday, Politico reports that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district judge’s order barring parts of the Arizona law, including the part that permits police to check the legal status of people they lawfully stop and whom they suspect to be illegal immigrants.
The Georgia bill stipulates the following: “The bill requires employers with more than 10 employees to use the federal government’s E-Verify system to check workers’ immigration statuses. Police would be able to check the status of some suspects and to detain them. It would also penalize people who, while committing another crime, knowingly transport or harbor illegal immigrants, or encourage them to go to Georgia. And it would punish people who use fake identification to get a job with up to 15 years in prison and fine of as much as $250,000.”
This is what I’ve gleaned from the rules in that bill: If I keep my small business at 10 people and under, I can hire 10 illegal immigrants. It is somehow better to support a prison inmate for 15 years on tax payer dollars than for that person to either be working or deported (This is strange since the usual argument against immigrants is that they drain state resources). I have also learned that the next time I recommend Atlanta as a place to visit; I had better ask to see that person’s green card first.