On May 13, 2011, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed HB 87, an "Arizona-style" anti-illegal immigration bill, into law. Governor Deal's signature followed the Georgia General Assembly's approval of the measure the previous month. Like Arizona's controversial SB 1070, HB 87 also authorizes police officers to investigate suspected illegal residents' immigration status, which critics claim legalizes racial profiling. The constitutionality of the Georgia law is currently being challenged before the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. However, the court has deferred its decision until the US Supreme Court rules on the legitimacy of SB 1070.
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Read an overview of the legal issues surrounding US Immigration Law in Features.