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(AJC) — Complaining the federal government has failed to secure the nation’s borders, Georgia’sLegislature followed Arizona’s lead Thursday and approved an aggressive crackdown on illegal immigration.   The nation is watching Georgia, which is making the leap into a legal thicket Arizona jumped into last year.  Like Arizona’s laws — which are fighting for survival in federal court — House Bill 87 creates new requirements for many Georgia businesses to ensure new hires are eligible to work in the United States and empowers police to investigate the immigration status of certain suspects.  Some business owners worry the crackdown will harm the state’s agricultural, landscaping and restaurant industries, which partly depend on migrant labor. But proponents of tougher immigration laws have long complained illegal immigrants are burdening the state’s public schools, jails and hospitals.  “It’s a great day for Georgia,” said Rep. Matt Ramsey, the Peachtree City Republican who authored the bill. “We think we have done our job that our constituents asked us to do to address the costs and the social consequences that have been visited upon our state by the federal government’s failure to secure our nation’s borders.”

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