Gov. inks bill to adjust illegal immigration law
by Associated Press Wire
April 26, 2013 12:00 AM | 1209 views | 3 3 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ATLANTA — Georgia’s governor has signed a bill that aims to fix some unintended consequences of the state’s 2011 crackdown on illegal immigration.

The legislation signed by Gov. Nathan Deal on Wednesday also expands certain parts of that law, including those having to do with secure forms of identification and public benefits. Critics have said the law could keep people who are in the country illegally from accessing certain government services or buildings for which an ID is required.

Under the 2011 law cracking down on illegal immigration, the state attorney general’s office was charged with creating a list of “secure and verifiable” documents that government agencies could accept if they required identification for an official purpose. The bill signed Wednesday removes foreign passports from the list unless they are accompanied by federal documents proving legal residence. It also adds U.S. birth certificates and certification of birth abroad issued by the U.S. State Department to the list of acceptable documents.

The bill adds grants, public and assisted housing, retirement benefits, and state driver’s licenses to a list of public benefits for which people living in the country illegally are not eligible.

Some state agencies — including the secretary of state’s office, which issues professional licenses — had complained that a provision of the 2011 law that required applicants for public benefits to resubmit the documents each time they requested or renewed a public benefit with the same agency created extra work and caused delays.

The bill says U.S. citizen applicants will not have to resubmit their documents to renew a public benefit or to apply for a different public benefit from the same government or agency. Applicants who aren’t U.S. citizens would have to resubmit the documents each time because their legal status can change.

The legislation also says applications or renewals can be submitted in person, by mail or electronically within nine months before the application deadline as long as the document remains valid.
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Jane W.
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April 27, 2013
This all should have been done decades ago.

Now let's hope our representatives in Congress don't sign on to any amnesty for illegals.
A Taxpayer
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April 26, 2013
Score, you reveal yourself as the shallow thinker that you clearly are. This isn't an example of "big government." This is an example of government doing the job it was already given the authority to do via U.S. federal immigration law. Seems to me less government jobs will be created if less people are eligible for public benefits. Thank you, D. A. King (and Gov. Deal) for protecting taxpayer money, jobs for American citizens, and the lives of citizens who use our public roadways.
score 1 4 DA King
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April 26, 2013
Big Gub'ment D.A. King can chalk up another victory for himself. Our Gub'ment just got bigger because people did not like how it got bigger last time. GO BIG GUB D.A., GO! YOU THE MAN. We can count on D.A. King to create more government and more government jobs. Hey he is a job creator! How ironic!
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