Two weeks after Gov. Nathan Deal signed a strict illegal immigration bill into law, the ACLU and a coalition of other civil rights organizations are about to take the new law to court.
The law permits law enforcement officers to inquire about an individual’s U.S. residency status – but only when an individual is stopped for other causes.
The civil rights groups say the Georgia law “establishes a ‘show-me-your-papers police state.” A 2 p.m. Thursday press conference at the state Capitol has been scheduled to discuss the lawsuit – which we will presume will be filed in federal court.
Georgia’s bill is patterned after one in Arizona. The U.S. Supreme Court last week upheld an Arizona statute requiring that businesses use the federal E-Verify data base to screen new hires. Georgia has a similar provision.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider