SB 160, a bill passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Nathan Deal, went into effect on July 1st. Although the primary purpose of this bill was to fix problems created by Georgia’s anti-immigrant law, HB 87, the new bill added some new harmful provisions.
These provisions include the addition of new items to Georgia’s list of public benefits subject to verification of immigration status, as well as limits to the use of foreign passports as acceptable identification in Georgia. These changes to Georgia law make a bad situation worse.
There are many important exceptions to the requirements. ACLU of Georgia will be carefully monitoring implementation of SB 160 to ensure that residents are not discriminated against or denied services for which they are eligible.
In order to better equip our communities with knowledge about the current landscape, ACLU of Georgia has prepared two public education documents, which can be accessed on the ACLU of Georgia website.