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Georgia Politics 8:00 a.m. Friday, May 13, 2011

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Ouafae Azhari (foreground) shouts out as other demonstrators protest  Georgia House Bill 87 outside the Capitol on the final day of the 2011 legislative session.

Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com Ouafae Azhari (foreground) shouts out as other demonstrators protest Georgia House Bill 87 outside the Capitol on the final day of the 2011 legislative session.


Gov. Nathan Deal is preparing to sign an Arizona-style immigration enforcement bill into law at the state Capitol at noon Friday.

Like a law Arizona enacted last year, Georgia’s House Bill 87 would empower police to question certain suspects about their immigration status. It would also penalize people who transport or harbor illegal immigrants in Georgia.

Much of Georgia’s bill would start taking effect July 1.

Proponents say the state needs to take immediate action because the federal government is not adequately enforcing the nation’s immigration laws. Critics say the measure is unconstitutional and will damage the state’s economy by scaring away migrant workers and conventioneers. Opponents, meanwhile, are vowing to challenge the measure in court.

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