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Proposed Georgia law will harm immigrants – Advocates say

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This week, pro-immigration activists gathered in the Georgia State Capitol to call on legislators to halt legislation that they believe could be detrimental.

House Bill 1105 would mandate that local law enforcement authorities notify immigration officials of any suspicions regarding criminal activity by an unauthorized person. At a press conference on Capitol Hill, Maria del Rosarios Palacios, the executive director of GA Familias Unidas, cautioned that this kind of legislation would intensify prejudice against the immigrant community.

“HB 1105, we have seen it before, legislators,” she said. “We have seen these tactics before, and not only have these tactics been used to silence our community for a very long time, now you’re using it to defund your own police.”

Backers of the legislation have argued that it would reduce crime and protect women, following the tragic death of a Georgia nursing student. However, Palacios said the bill fails to amplify all women’s voices and could hinder immigrants from seeking help from the police when they are in danger.

Nazia Khanzada, communications manager for the Council on American Islamic Relations, or CAIR Georgia, also spoke at the Capitol. She underscored the importance of protecting all people, regardless of country of origin, religion or immigration status.

Khanzada mentioned six pieces of legislation, saying some contain confusing terminology.

“Many of the bills that are written define their own definitions of immigration law, instead of referring to definitions already established under federal immigration law,” she said. “So it leaves it unclear what immigration status is or is not captured by a bill.”

House Bill 1105 has passed in the House and awaits a vote in the Senate. Other measures raising concern include Senate Bill 132, which would prohibit some types of land ownership by what’s referred to as “certain nonresident aliens,” and Senate Bill 420, which aims to restrict farm property ownership.

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