State Appeals Court’s Decision on Illegal Immigration Law
(AJC) — A federal appeals court in Atlanta should reverse a lower court’s decision and allow Georgia to enforce key parts of its tough new immigration enforcement law to help protect the state’s taxpayer-funded resources, state officials argued in court papers Monday. In a brief filed with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, the state Attorney General’s Office said Georgia and Atlanta-area counties are spending tens of millions of dollars incarcerating illegal immigrants and providing them with Medicaid benefits at a time of lean budgets. Critics of Georgia’s law said they read nothing new in the state’s arguments Monday. They also questioned the state’s cost estimates and said immigrants significantly contribute to Georgia by working in many of its key industries, spending money here and paying sales taxes.