Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011
HB87 was signed into law on May 13, 2011. Some provisions in the bill were stopped by an injunction by the U.S. District Court and are currently being reviewed by the U.S. Court of Appeals.
The following provisions are in effect:
- Requires private employers to use E-Verify (see bill for schedule of implementation)
- Creates a new crime, aggravated identify fraud.
- Encourages local law enforcement agencies to use Secure Communities and enter into 287(g) agreements.
- Calls for the creation of an Immigration Enforcement Review Board by the State.
The following provisions are being reviewed by the U.S. Court of Appeals:
- Harboring or transporting or both an undocumented immigrant.
- Verification of immigration status by local law enforcement.
- Investigation of immigration status by local law enforcement when someone is in jail and determined to be a non-citizen.
To read entire bill, click here.
GALEO's Position on HB87:
GALEO opposed HB87 during the legislative session and urged for a veto from Governor Nathan Deal (R). Unfortunately, HB87 passed the Georgia Legislature and was signed by Gov. Deal and is now in the federal courts awaiting final decisions.
GALEO opposed HB87 for the reasons outlined below:
- HB87 does not solve the illegal immigration problem in Georgia.
- HB87 adversely impacts Georgia by creating a state-law system for the regulation of immigration and immigration enforcement, which could lead to increased racial profiling and questionable constitutional enforcement problems. GALEO is concerned about the civil rights implications of implementation and enforcement.
- HB87 also threatens public safety in Georgia because it will instill fear and mistrust in Georgia's communities of color and drastically chill the reporting of crime and cooperation in criminal investigations by minorities.
- HB87 was had measurable negative impacts on Georgia’s number one industry, agriculture. Georgia farmers are experienced labor shortage during the 2011 picking season and are now reconsidering which crops to harvest next season because of the lack of seasonal workers.
- HB87 will harm Georgia’s ability to compete in a global market because it will be seen as an extreme state with draconian immigration laws.