The senator who has taken the lead on pushing for a state response to illegal immigration introduced a new bill Thursday to start debate in the Legislature on the issue.
Sen. Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock, wrote Senate Bill 529 by pulling together ideas from other bills he has already introduced this session on illegal immigration and from new measures that have come from recent discussions.
Dubbed the Georgia Security & Immigration Compliance Act, the bill touches on law enforcement, state contracts, tax-funded benefits and employers who use undocumented workers. It would:
- Prohibit compensation to illegal immigrants from being declared a deductible business expense;
- Require that any publicly funded contract include language prohibiting the contractor or subcontractor from knowingly hiring someone in violation of federal immigration law;
- Require verification of eligibility for adult applicants for public benefits;
- Set tough new penalties for human trafficking.
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