Earlier this year, the Georgia legislature passed a law, scheduled to go into effect on July 1, dealing with illegal immigrants within the state of Georgia.
The law, among other provisions, makes it a felony to provide false identity documents, requires that all illegal immigrants be turned over to federal authorities, requires that all businesses verify that employees are eligible to work in the United States.
According to the state,
The Pew Hispanic Center recently estimated that the state’s illegal-immigrant population totaled 425,000. In a court filing last week, Georgia said it housed approximately 1,100 illegal immigrants in state jails in the past 12 months, incurring a cost of about $16.6 million. The state also said Medicaid expenses incurred in Georgia by illegal immigrants topped $50 million in the most recent fiscal year, roughly doubling from the year before.
Basically, Georgia, as well as many other states referred to in the above link, simply can no longer afford the cost of illegal immigrants. Here is an excellent interview between Georgia Representative Matt Ramsey, who was instrumental in drafting the bill, and Neil Cavuto which pretty much says it all.
It is not surprising that several civil liberties groups filed suit in federal court to block the implementation of this law. But, what is surprising is the “entities” that have filed briefs in the court as “amicus curae”. For those of you who actually have a life and are not attorneys, an “amicus curae” is a “friend of the court”. These are people who are not actual parties to the litigation, but who file briefs in favor of one side or the other in an attempt to persuade the court to rule in favor of one side or the other.
Here, 11 amicus briefs were filed urging the court to find the Georgia law unconstitutional. The 11 amicus briefs were filed by Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Columbia, and, last but not least, Honduras.
Gee, why would those countries think it so important to spend their money trying to keep illegal immigrants in the United States?