(ATLANTA) -- Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said Friday that he will sign an Arizona-style immigration bill into law, fulfilling his campaign promise to protect American borders.
According to the Pew Hispanic Center, approximately 425,000 undocumented people live in the state.
The new measure would make it so that police can verify immigration status when conducting certain criminal investigations.
The measure would also make it more difficult for undocumented people to get jobs. If signed into law, those who use fake documents to get jobs will face prison time. Employers must also verify that workers are legally able to be employed in the country.
Supporters of the bill say that by weeding out undocumented workers, it will make job attainment easier for Americans.
Opponents of the bill say it will promote racial profiling.
The adoption of such a law would inevitably throw the state into the center of the national debate about immigration.
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