Yet another domino has fallen in the changing landscape of immigration law. Georgia, following in the footsteps of states like Arizona, has passed legislation addressing the issue of illegal immigration within its own borders. Last week, the Georgia Senate, in a 37-19 vote, adopted and amended HB 87, the immigration bill originally drafted by the Georgia House of Representatives. Governor Nathan Deal plans to sign the bill when it reaches his desk.
During a protracted legislative process, which lasted months and drew the ire of immigration and business groups alike, HB 87 signaled a shift by the Georgia legislature towards a more aggressive position in the debate over immigration and a state's role in its imposition.
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