This week the Georgia General Assembly passed a bill that would, among other things, empower police officers to check an individual’s immigration status if the person is unable to produce any form of identification or give basic details that could help officers verify his or her identity. There are also penalties for hiring or transporting illegal immigrants.
Georgia State Representative Matt Ramsey characterized the bill as a spending control measure, as the roughly 425,000 illegal immigrants in Georgia use public services, costing the state millions annually.
A similar bill in Colorado was killed earlier this year by Democrats.
Meanwhile, Maryland has passed a bill that will allow illegal immigrants to get in-state college tuition rates in many instances, provided they attended a Maryland high school for at least three years.
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