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Ga. House committee passes immigration bill

ATLANTA (AP) - A legislative committee has passed a bill that aims to crack down on illegal immigration in Georgia.

The legislation sponsored by state Rep. Matt Ramsey, a Peachtree City Republican, passed out of the House Judiciary Non-Civil committee easily Monday despite an attempt by Democrats on the committee to table the bill.

The proposed law will now move on to the House Rules committee, which would decide if and when it gets a full House vote. Ramsey says he hopes it will be up for a House vote this week.

Ramsey's bill would require all employers in the state with more than four employees to verify the immigration status of new hires.

It would also make it a felony to present false documents or information when applying for a job.

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