AJC – Bill would make ‘encouraging’ illegal immigrants a crime | Political Insider

Bill would make ‘encouraging’ illegal immigrants a crime | Political Insider


Legislation just introduced by state Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, to control illegal immigration is getting some scrutiny.

From my AJC colleage Jeremy Redmon:

Similar to Arizona’s controversial new law, Ramsey’s bill would require state and local law enforcement officers to investigate the immigration status of people they reasonably suspect of being in the country illegally. It would also authorize police to arrest them if they are in the country illegally and transport them to a federal jail….

Ramsey’s bill would also require private businesses with more than five employees to use a federal program called E-Verify. That program seeks to verify that newly hired employees are eligible to work in the United States. A coalition of businesses and immigrant rights groups is suing to stop a similar law in Arizona that requires all businesses to use E-Verify, arguing that it is unconstitutional.

Not exactly pioneering concepts. But below is an excerpt from the press release issued by Ramsey, describing his intent – the legislation itself has yet to be posted online:

”The bill also creates criminal penalties for any individual that encourages an illegal alien to come to Georgia or that transports or harbors an illegal alien once they arrive.”

If this passes, do not talk to strangers — at home or abroad — about what damn fine weather we have here in Georgia, or make reference to how friendly and hospitable this state’s people are. Under no circumstances are you to hum about moonlight coming through the pines. You could find yourself doing time.

Oh – and Greyhound? Call your lobbyist.

Hat tip to Jason Pye on this one.

– By Jim Galloway, Political Insider


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