CNN has reported that late Thursday the Georgia State House and Senate have passed Arizona-style immigration legislation entitled House Bill 87. The aim of the BIll is to permit law enforcement officers to question individuals about their immigration status during the scope of criminal investigations. It also includes punitive measures against people that transport undocumented immigrants during the commission of a crime, and imposes significant prison sentences to individuals who use fake documents to obtain employment.
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal must sign the Bill before it becomes law before it can become law.
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Matthew Kolken is a trial lawyer with experience in all aspects of United States Immigration Law including Immigration Courts throughout the United States, and appellate practice before the Board of Immigration Appeals, the U.S. District Courts, and U.S. Courts of Appeals. He is admitted to practice in the courts of the State of New York , the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).