Yet another state passed an immigration enforcement bill like Arizona’s measure. The new Georgia law allows police to investigate the immigration status of certain suspects and requires businesses to verify work eligibility of new hires. Like Arizona’s SB1070 many believe this will lead to racial profiling.
Georgia’s business community fears this provision will particularly hurt the restaurant and farming industries. Additionally, some groups are planning an economic boycott of Georgia which will further cost the state.
Arizona’s SB1070 is still tied up in court with a 9th Circuit preliminary injunction against several of its provisions, while the government and immigration lawyers debate the legality of the bill.