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Posted: March 3, 2011 6:03 a.m.

Immigration bill set for vote today

ATLANTA - A bill meant to crack down on illegal immigration in Georgia is expected to come up for a vote.

The bill sponsored by Rep. Matt Ramsey, a Peachtree City Republican, is on today's House agenda.

It contains provisions to similar ones in a tough new law enacted in Arizona, including authorizing law officers to verify the immigration status of criminal suspects.

It also requires businesses with more than four employees to use a federal database called E-Verify to check the immigration status of all new hires.

The bill would make it a felony to knowingly provide fake documentation when applying for a job.

If it passes the House it will move to the Senate, where a committee is considering a similar bill.

The House Democratic Caucus voted Wednesday to oppose Ramsey's bill.


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