States, Localities Vote on Immigration When Feds Won’t
Lawmakers across the country at state and local levels are feeling the pressure to make a decision regarding immigration laws. While Washington continues to talk about the issue, others around the country are taking action.
By Chaille Brindley
Date Posted: 11/1/2006
Lawmakers across the country at state and local levels are feeling the pressure to make a decision regarding immigration laws. While
The local government in
Activists around the country have opposed this and other legislation because they are worried about the outcome.
The Georgia General Assembly just passed strict immigration laws during its latest legislative session in an effort to mitigate federal indecision. Farmers who are reliant upon migrant labor are reluctant to support the new Georgia Security and Immigration Compliance Act (GSICA), afraid that even legal workers may fear repercussions and move to neighboring states.
The GSICA, which will go into effect 2007 and 2008, repeals tax breaks for employers who hire non-documented workers and increases state taxes by 6% for workers who fail to provide documentation. It also gives a timeline for statewide employer implementation of the federal BASIC pilot program for verifying legal employment and documentation status.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 27 states have passed 59 new immigration laws this year alone, toughening rules on issues ranging from employment and identification to education.
Immigration laws have generally been the domain of the federal government. But local and state governments are getting in on the act because
One thing is for sure; smart companies will try to keep up with changes in the law. Check your local newspaper and find out if your city or county governments are taking action. Visit http://www.ncsl.org/programs/immig/06ImmigEnacted Legis2.htm for more information on new state immigration laws.
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