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Georgia Follows in the Anti-Immigrant Steps of Arizona

By: Humera Subhani Email By: Humera Subhani
May 2011
Georgia Follows in the Anti-Immigrant Steps of Arizona

On April 14, the Georgia Legislature passed House Bill 87, which will allow for police to investigate the immigration status of suspects. The bill also establishes new guidelines for Georgia businesses to ensure that new employees are eligible to work in the country.

The House passed the bill in a 112 to 59 vote less than two hours before the session end.

The bill will now go to Gov. Nathan Deal, who expressed interest in bringing an Arizona-like bill to Georgia during his campaign last year and is likely to pass it.

Specifically, HB 87 will allow local and state police to arrest illegal immigrants. It would punish those who use fake identification to get a job in the state, by imposing fines of up to $250,000 or up to 15 years in prison. It would also target people who knowingly transport illegal immigrants or encourage them to come to Georgia.

The bill establishes a seven-member Immigration Enforcement Review Board to make sure that local and states officials are properly enforcing the law.

Many Georgians are worried that this bill will cause severe financial damage to the state’s economy, especially in the agricultural areas.

Georgia is among 30 states that are considering laws targeting illegal immigrants, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. In total, 52 immigration bills have been introduced across the nation.

Arizona-like legislation has failed in 14 states including Florida, Kentucky and West Virginia. However, three have passed: Georgia's legislation as well as two bills in Utah.

EB2 Priority Date Advances for India

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) issued the much-anticipated   May 2011 bulletin. As expected, EB2 India advanced for the first time in fiscal year 2011, which started on October 1, 2010. However, many were hoping for a more significant advancement.

The EB2 category remains current for all countries of chargeability except India and China. The cutoff date for EB2 India moves forward by approximately two months, with a new cutoff date of July 1, 2006. This movement was preceded by official announcements regarding the anticipated forward movement. This movement is generated by the low demand for EB1 numbers, and the transfer of 12,000 excess EB1 numbers to EB2. These numbers become available to EB2, to the benefit of cases chargeable to India, as the oversubscribed country with cases with the oldest priority dates. Thus, these extra numbers served to nudge the EB2 cutoff date a bit forward after many months of stagnation for Indian nationals. The fiscal year is not over until September 30, 2011, so we can still hope for more progress.

For June and July 2011, it is predicted that India’s EB2 cutoff date will move by one or more weeks each month, with possible additional movement depending upon demand. The DOS cannot predict the cutoff date movement for August and September 2011 yet for either India or China. China’s cutoff date for June and July could move from zero to three weeks each month.  



FAMILY                    India                                     Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st                               01May04                                            01May04

2A                               08Jun07                                              08Jun07         

2B                               15Apr03                                             15Apr03

3rd                              01May01                                            01May01       

4th                               08Mar00                                             08Mar00


EMPLOYMENT        India                                     Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st                               Current                                              Current

2nd                              01July06                                             Current

3rd                              15Apr02                                             22Aug05

Other                          15Apr02                                             08Sep03

4th                               Current                                              Current

5th                               Current                                              Current1B

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