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 …

Why HB 87 and SB 40 are Unconstitutional

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A more in depth analysis will be coming this evening, but the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals just made absolutely clear why Georgia’s HB 87 and SB 40 are going to be found unconstitutional if passed by the State Legislature. In United States of America v. Arizona, Judge Paez writes specifically as to Section 2(B), which is the “show me …

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 …

It It Walks Like a Duck . . . .

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Yesterday during the second public hearing on HB 87 before the Georgia General Assembly’s House Judiciary Committee, the bill’s author and at least two sponsors presented a rather startling new tactic. They each stated, and the Chairman did so quite vociferously, that “HB 87 is NOT like the Arizona law.” The Chairman argued that it was very different from the …

SB 40—The Emperor STILL Has No Clothes, or Exhibit A in Why States Should Not Attempt to Legislate on Immigration Matters

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If you thought HB 87 was the wrong path to follow to try to fix the problems associated with illegal immigration, then do not get on the SB 40 Super Highway. SB 40 has so many inconsistencies, incongruities, and flat out confusing sections that if by some miracle it is passed, it would never see the daylight of its effective …