Starting Monday tens of thousands of Georgia businesses must start complying with a state law aimed at blocking illegal immigrants from getting jobs here.
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Illegal immigration crackdown
Several state immigration-related laws take effect Monday, including ones that:
- Require businesses with more than 10 employees but fewer than 100 to start using E-Verify, a free online federal work authorization program. Larger employers are already supposed to be using the system under state law. Smaller companies — those with 10 or fewer workers — are exempt.
- Mandate that all city, county and state government agencies make their contractors use E-Verify. Government agencies with fewer than two employees were previously exempt from this requirement.
- Seek to block illegal immigrants from obtaining driver’s licenses, grants, public housing and retirement benefits.
- Prevent people from using foreign passports to get public benefits in Georgia, unless those passports include paperwork indicating they are in the country legally.
- Attempt to prevent massive backlogs for professional state license renewals by tweaking paperwork requirements. For example, the law says license renewal applicants would not have to present “secure and verifiable” ID if they have previously done so and signed affidavits affirming they are U.S. citizens.