Judge Blocks 2 Provisions Of Ga. Immigration Law

Originally published on July 19, 2011 5:10 pm
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RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

This next report looks at the U.S. economy, and the large role illegal immigrants play in it. Many states are tightening their immigration rules. The latest is South Carolina, where Governor Nikki Haley signed a new law requiring police to check the immigration status of anyone they stop and suspect may be here illegally.

STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

Georgia has also passed a law aimed at cracking down on illegal migrant workers. A federal judge has at least temporarily blocked some key provisions. One part of the law would require police to check the immigration status of suspects who do not have I.D.

MONTAGNE: Charles Edwards reports from member station WABE in Atlanta.

CHARLES EDWARDS: Sixty-nine billion dollars a year. That's the farm-to-table impact of agriculture in Georgia. But the state's top industry is taking a hit from the new immigration law. That's according to Georgia Agribusiness Council President Bryan Tolar.

MONTAGNE: This law has created what we know to be challenges in the workplace for agriculture as well as other industry sectors that have come to rely on workers that are mostly Hispanic.

EDWARDS: For NPR News, I'm Charles Edwards in Atlanta. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.