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Georgia Law Agencies Prepare for Immigration Bill

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - One month from today Georgia's tough immigration law will go into effect. Wednesday dozens of law enforcement managers from around Georgia met at Columbus State University for training.

The session happens annually but this year a special segment on the new immigration law was added.

Archie Rainey Director of Georgia Law Enforcement Command College at CSU says the training is important for the constantly evolving rules throughout the state.

 "We are in a changing society, the laws change, the court cases, new court cases, therefore updates are absolutely necessary," Rainey said.

The new strict measure will have police check the immigration status of criminal suspects and force many businesses to do the same with potential employees.

Clark county Sheriff Ira Edwards Jr. says his team will start going through the extensive house bill 87 immediately.

"We're going to look at it we are going to be fair about it and we will enforce it where it needs to be enforced, but the bottom line is we're going to have to be fair because it really has an impact," Edwards said.

This special session allowed managers of law agencies to get a better understanding of the legal ramifications surrounding the law.

Chief Sheriff Deputy for Cherokee County near Atlanta, Vic West says the new law will be strict but won't change things too much.

"There has to be some other law broken first before we can do anything more than what we've already been doing," West said.

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