Special to SEGAZINE
Georgia’s Republican-controlled Legislature is diving back into the contentious debate over illegal immigration with a new initiative that would expand the state’s crackdown.
Co-sponsored by a dozen Republican lawmakers, Senate Bill 404 would deny Georgia driver’s licenses to immigrants who don’t have legal status in the U.S., but have been granted “deferred action,” or permission to temporarily stay and work here for humanitarian reasons. SB 404 would apply to immigrants who were illegally brought here as young children, battered spouses, parents with seriously ill children and crime victims who are serving as witnesses in police investigations. Georgia now permits deferred action recipients to apply for driver’s licenses.