Immigration legislation would have big impact on Georgia

Details emerged Tuesday from sweeping immigration legislation that a bipartisan group of senators is expected to soon release, and its impact on immigrants, workers and employers across Georgia could be profound.Among other things, the Senate bill seeks to tighten border security, allow companies to temporarily hire more foreign workers and unclog the nation’s legal immigration system.But the provision that is getting the most attention would provide a pathway to citizenship for the millions of immigrants living illegally in the U.S., including the 440,000 the government estimated to be in Georgia in 2011.

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