12/11/2012 01:25:23 PM EST
Georgia's Tough Immigration Law Takes Effect; Can Profiling Be Far Behind?
"Georgia state and local police may start enforcing one of the most controversial parts of the state’s immigration law for the first time now that a federal judge has lifted a legal hold he placed on it. The law gives police the option to investigate the immigration status of suspects they believe have committed state or federal crimes and who cannot provide identification or other information that could help police identify them. It also empowers police to detain people determined to be in the country illegally and take them to jail. Partly modeled after a similar measure in Arizona, Georgia’s law is aimed at pushing [unauthorized] immigrants out of the state." - Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Dec. 11, 2012.