Gov. Nathan Deal has already declared he intends to sign HB 87, but the following just arrived from Bill Nigut, the Southeast regional director of the Anti-Defamation League:
“It is unfortunate that legislators did not heed the advice of many voices in the Georgia business community, hospitality industry, the Farm Bureau, human rights organizations and others who urged them to reject this harsh immigration measure that is all but certain to drive business and tax revenues away from Georgia and send the message that this state is not a welcoming place for the diverse global community.
“If H.B. 87 is signed into law, it will likely lead to many negative economic consequences:
“Georgia businesses will be required to spend the money and time to implement a new government mandate – requiring all employers of ten or more people to use the E-Verify program to determine legal status of employees.
“Convention and tourism business will likely dip, as it did in Arizona, where it is