Georgia Businesses and E-Verify–The Perfect Storm Has Arrived

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As a business owner, one of your most important jobs is having the “right” person on board, in each of the specialty occupations in your business.  Whether it’s an office manager, billing coordinator, office or factory workers, or even landscaper, each position is integral to running an effective operation. It is also common knowledge, particularly in large cities, that getting …

Hey Georgia, E-Verify is coming—Be ready!

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          Employment Eligibility Verification or E-Verify is an internet-based US government controlled system to help employers verify the employment eligibility of new hires.  The E-Verification program works in conjunction with the current I-9 forms that must be completed for every new hire.  YOUR OBLIGATIONS UNDER GEORGIA LAW            Congress is considering legislation …

Seven Reasons Why the Georgia Legislature Should Repeal HB-87

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Recently the Alabama Attorney General called on the Alabama State Legislature to repeal parts of Alabama’s horrid anti-immigration law (HB 56), because of the “unintended” consequences of the bill (frankly, what happened was not unintended). Because of the similarity between the two laws, Georgia’s Speaker of the House, David Ralston was asked whether Georgia Legislature would repeal part or all …

Georgia’s Secure Document List–So What.

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The Georgia Attorney General just issued his Secure and Verifiable Document List, as required under HB-87, Georgia’s Anti-Immigration Law. This list brings to mind the First Rule you need to know when a State passes an Anti-Immigration law. That rule is summarized in one word–“meaningless.” That’s right. The List, as written, is meaningless. The List changes NOTHING about Georgia law …

What HB 87 Means for You, Your Business and for Georgia (and it’s not good)

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The dust has settled and it appears clear that Governor Deal will sign HB 87. We are now left with the detritus of Rep. Matt Ramsey’s “work” on the most anti-immigration bill passed by a state legislature in modern times. The question everyone is asking is “what does this mean for me?” Let’s take a look at what the individual …

Georgia Is Now “All In” for the Immigration Game

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This afternoon the Georgia Senate caved into the blitz put on by Senator Chip Rogers to craft a “compromise” anti-immigration bill in the Georgia Legislature with Rep. Matt Ramsey, passing HB 87 compromise language by a slim 3 votes in a lengthy process on the legislature’s final day in session this spring. The HB 87 compromise language will be quickly …

Did Rep. Matt Ramsey Lie About HB 87, Again?

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Yesterday Matt Ramsey introduced yet another substitute for the Senate passed version of HB 87. His substitute eviscerated the work done by the Senate on this bill, which had ameliorated some of its more unconstitutional and illegal provisions, and eliminated the business destroying E-Verify requirement. In speaking to a reporter after his substitute passed the House, effectively without debate or …

Georgia Republicans Afraid To Debate Their Own Bill?

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It appears that the two Georgia Republican sponsors of the Arizona Copycat Legislation, HB 87, have backed out of an appearance with two Democratic opponents to this job-killing bill on Wednesday, March 23 at the Georgia State University Law School. The focus of this particular debate was to be the cost of HB 87, something these Republicans have refused to …

An Open Letter to Georgia House Speaker David Ralston on HB 87

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Dear Speaker Ralston: Likely coming up for a vote this week is HB 87, a piece of legislation entitled the “Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011.” This bill is misnamed, as it does not reform illegal immigration and it does not increase or better enforcement against illegal immigration over current state and federal law. I strongly urge you …

Testimony Before the Georgia House Judiciary Committee on HB 87

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I thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today about HB 87. My background in immigration law goes back more than 20 years. I practice law here in Georgia, I teach immigration law at the University of Georgian as an adjunct professor of law. I am the past national president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. I testify …