Georgia Democrats Call for Repeal of State's Immigration Law

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) -- House Democrats say they want to repeal a new law cracking down on illegal immigrants in Georgia.

The badly outnumbered Democratic caucus will back the repeal as one of its priorities during a news conference scheduled for Tuesday. The Democrats have not yet filed the necessary legislation to repeal the law.

Democratic Rep. Lynmore James says the crackdown has cost Georgia farmers millions of dollars in lost crops and other financial damage. Farmers have said that the new law has scared away field hands, including many illegal immigrants, who harvest labor-intensive crops.

Republican Rep. Matt Ramsey, who sponsored the law, blamed illegal immigrants for financially burdening the state and said he will oppose the repeal attempt.

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