4/21 – Gwinnett Daily Post – Marin urges governor to veto immigration legislation

Marin urges governor to veto immigration legislation.

Updated: 8:52 AM Apr 21, 2011

Marin urges governor to veto immigration legislation
A Gwinnett House member is calling on Gov. Nathan Deal to veto immigration legislation approved by the General Assembly last week.

Posted: 7:57 AM Apr 21, 2011
Reporter: Camie Young
Email Address: camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com

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DULUTH — A Gwinnett House member is calling on Gov. Nathan Deal to veto immigration legislation approved by the General Assembly last week.

State Rep. Pedro Marin, D-Duluth, who was one of the first Hispanic legislators elected to the General Assembly, sent a letter to Deal Thursday about House Bill 87, which mirrors a controversial Arizona law that gives the state the ability to enforce immigration law.

Marin wrote that the bill could have significant impact to Georgia’s economy with possible boycotts, lawsuits, red tape, costs to local government and a loss of migrant labor on agriculture and other industries.

“By vetoing this legislation, you have the ability to keep our state safe from a tidal wave of economic damage that would surely come if HB 87 were to become law,” Marin wrote in his letter to Deal. “Governor, as you know, our economy and our state revenues are now slowly recovering from the severe downturn of the three previous fiscal years. Now is not the time to add to our state’s 10 percent unemployment rate by enacting legislation that would certainly create more economic problems for Georgia businesses, farmers and taxpayers that we cannot afford.”

Marin said he was also concerned that the legislation would subject legal citizens to racial profiling.

“Georgia is a better state than this,” Marin wrote.

Deal has said he would sign the bill into law.

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