Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Section 7 of Georgia’s HB 87 Permanently Enjoined

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"A federal judge struck down a key section of Georgia's immigration law that criminalized the harbor and transportation of undocumented immigrants.   Georgia adopted its Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act, also known as House Bill 87, in 2011.  Among other things, the law authorized the police to check the immigration status of criminal suspects and take them to jail if the suspects could not prove they were in the United States legally.  Section 7 of the law criminalized transporting and harboring illegal immigrants while committing another crime and encouraging them to enter Georgia.  First-time offenders of the transportation and concealment provision would have faced jail time and up to $1,000 in fines.  A coalition of civil and immigrant rights groups led by the Georgia Latino