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Immigration Debate: Reaction To Supreme Court's Ruling

Georgia House Democrats react to High Court's ruling on controversial Arizona law.

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling Monday on Arizona's controversial SB 1070, striking down three of its provisions.

But the 5-3 ruling left the most contested part of the law, the so-called "show me your papers" clause which allows law enforcement officials to request proof of citizenship or legal status of some they suspect may be here illegally if they stopped that person on another infraction.

Still it left that provision open to future challenges if, as some opponents suspect, it will be abused against racial and ethnic minorities.

Georgia passed its own immigration law last year, which is considered tougher than Arizona's law. Alabama passed an Arizona-modeled law, too.

'This ruling allows racial profiling to resume in Georgia.' - House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and Attorney General Sam Olens — both Republicans — told the Associated Press that the ruling acknowledges that states do have a key role in enforcing federal immigration law.

But Georgia's House Democrats say the ruling will allow racial profiling to return to the state.

"The Supreme Court today issued a troubling ruling that encourages racial profiling, and we must remain vigilant that this does not happen in Georgia,” House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams said in a statement.

Abrams represents District 84, which includes Candler Park, East Lake, Kirkwood and portions of South DeKalb.

“We are very disappointed by the "show your papers" provision, which returns us to a terrible time in our state's history," the statement continued.

"Human rights must be protected for all - regardless of race or status. This ruling allows racial profiling to resume in Georgia. The fact that it is now legal does not make it right, and we call upon the Governor and the GOP leadership to repeal this disturbing trend in our state's lawmaking."

S WALT June 25, 2012 at 06:50 PM
I think Immigration should be left to people to are authorized to enforce Immigration. Everybody has a right to live. This kind of gestapo style enforcement does not help anybody. This is going to lead to Racial Profiling where people will be questioned because of their skin color. This just reminds me of MLK era and Apartheid in Africa.
Péralte Paul June 25, 2012 at 07:38 PM
You think so, S. Walt? In Europe, some countries have the authority to ask for you papers. People don't seem to be too much in arm about it there and the Europeans are more hard core about privacy in certain respects that Americans.
Chris Murphy June 25, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Heck, a cop can pretty much come up with any reason to ask for your ID now. Thing is, counties and the state itself are always crying about needing jail space- where would a cop take them? The states may be part of the solution, but the Fed's have to be on-board for any changes, or this is just the usual GA-style posturing.
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Sal Malkee February 14, 2013 at 01:42 PM
Georgia is #7 in the Nation for refugee resettlement, in large part due to DeKalb County adopting a sanctuary status encouraging newcomers. Why? $55Million in Fed funds flows into the County to help pay for refugees. We should encourage refugees, but let's take care of the 16.000 we already have and let another State step up to the plate. Gov. Deal agrees, asks the Feds to send us fewer folks: http://www.ajc.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/georgia-to-feds-send-fewer-foreign-refugees-here/nWPDj/

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