Ga. Lawmaker Wants Tougher Immigration Laws

State Sen. Jack Murphy Will Discuss Bill Thursday

CBS Atlanta
February 3, 2011

A Georgia state lawmaker will unveil legislation targeting illegal immigrants in the work force.

State Sen. Jack Murphy will discuss his proposal at a news conference Thursday at the Statehouse.

The Republican lawmaker has not yet filed his bill. But he earlier proposed that all businesses be required to use a federal database called E-Verify to ensure new hires are authorized to work in the United States.

Murphy said he wants violators to first receive stiff warnings and penalties.

Subsequent offenses can be punished with severe fines or the revocation of a business license.

His proposal will be scrutinized by Georgia farmers who rely on illegal immigrants to harvest labor-intensive crops.