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Ga. lawmaker files immigration bill

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia state lawmaker has filed legislation targeting illegal immigrants in the work force.

State Sen. Jack Murphy filed his bill Thursday morning.

His proposal would require that all businesses be required to use a federal database called E-Verify to make sure new hires are authorized to work in the United States.

It would provide an exemption from this requirement for any person who has filed a work visa application with the Department of Labor.

Murphy said he wants violators to receive warnings for an initial violation within an 18-month period. Subsequent offenses would be punished with fines or the revocation of a business license.

His proposal will be scrutinized by Georgia farmers, who rely on illegal immigrants to harvest labor-intensive crops.

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