With one of the nation’s most rapidly growing Latino populations, Georgia has passed some of the nation’s most punitive immigration laws, including HB 529 which requires local governments to use E-Verify and prevents undocumented immigrants from working and receiving public benefits. Various counties in Georgia also participate in the controversial 287(g) program.
Governor: Governor-elect Nathan Deal (R) is a staunch critic of comprehensive immigration reform and has vowed to pass Arizona-like legislation as governor.
NCLR’s Georgia State Assessment: Very likely to be debated
Given Georgia’s legislative history, party breakdown, and gubernatorial candidates’ statements, Georgia seems likely to debate this issue. Legislators in that state will be looking at the Arizona court case closely to craft legislation.