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Monday, February 28, 2011

AJC: Georgia panel advances Arizona-style crackdown on illegal immigration

Georgia moved one step closer Monday to mounting an Arizona-style crackdown on illegal immigration when a key legislative panel passed a 22-page bill targeting the problem.

Like Arizona’s tough new law, House Bill 87 authorizes police to verify the immigration status of certain suspects. It also empowers police to detain these suspects and take them to jail, if authorities determine they are in the country illegally.

Additionally, the newly revised bill penalizes people who “willfully and fraudulently” use fake identification to get a job in Georgia. Such people could be charged with a felony -- aggravated identity fraud -- and face up to 15 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines under the bill.

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