After some hope of moderation, the Georgian legislature passed an SB 1070-type immigration bill and the governor is expected to sign it. It is ironic:
The bill helps the governor fulfill a campaign promise and sends a message to Washington, Mr. Robinson said: “States are picking up the tab for the gigantic cost of a problem that Washington won’t fix.”
Of course, this bill will become extraordinarily expensive both in terms of lawsuits and in terms of implementation, while not accomplishing its goals. Georgia is therefore voluntarily increasing its own tab.
One silver lining is that Georgia, like Utah, has included a guest worker program. This suggests that when we get to federal reform, a national-level guest worker program will be easier to pass. No enforcement measures will work without that.