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Georgia Immigration Bill Just Passed ...

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Local news reported that Georgia Governor Perdue intends to read every word of this bill before signing it.  Nevertheless Georgia legislators have taken a stance saying this was the toughest state immigration bill in the nation so far, that they worked diligently to make sure it complied with federal legislation. 


"Immigration Bill Heads for Perdue

"The state House gave final approval to a tough immigration bill on Tuesday. It will deny some state services to adults living in the U.S. illegally. The bill now heads to the governor’s desk for his signature.

The House and Senate have both adjourned until the final day Thursday.

By a vote of 119-to-49, the House sent the immigration crackdown to Gov. Perdue. Many Latino groups, which have demonstrated at the Capitol in the past week, want him to veto the bill.

The bill requires most adults seeking state services to prove they are in the U.S. legally, and it gives local police and sheriffs training in immigration enforcement.

But lawmakers took out a five percent surcharge on wire money transfers by illegal immigrants. Instead, employers will withhold six percent of the paycheck of anyone without a valid tax ID number.

The bill comes as the U.S. Congress is working to ease the path to citizenship for people already inside the United States.

Opponents say the state bill sends the wrong message."
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