Georgia House Speaker David Ralston and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle today announced the creation of a 14-member joint committee on immigration reform.
The panel will seek to draft legislation that “stems the flow of illegal immigration activity in Georgia,” say a Statehouse news release.
“The creation of this joint committee was inspired by the federal government’s continued failure to deal with the problem of illegal immigration and its drain on taxpayer resources in Georgia,” Ralston said in a prepared statement.
“I expect this committee to look at every legislative solution available to the General Assembly that picks up where Washington D.C. has let us down.”
Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, and Sen. Jack Murphy, R-Cumming, will serve as co-chairmen of the Special Joint Committee on Immigration Reform.
“A respect for the rule of law is one of the basic founding tenets of our state and nation,” Cagle said. “If the federal government continues to neglect its responsibility to enforce the law, we’re going to use every option at our disposal to lessen its impact in Georgia. The members of this committee will take a broad, in-depth look at ways to confront this problem and offer concrete solutions to improve the regulations we have on the books already.”