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Rep. John Lewis Responds to Georgia Court Decision to Block Provisions of Immigration Bill
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Rep. John Lewis Responds to Georgia Court Decision to Block Provisions of Immigration Bill

Atlanta, GA --  Rep. John Lewis made this statement upon hearing that U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Thrash blocked parts of H.R. 87 (the Georgia Immigration Bill)

“When this law was passed, I was deeply disappointed in the leadership of this state.  It seemed we were willing to turn a blind eye to the worst and most bitter lessons of our discriminatory past to embrace tactics that took us backwards and jeopardized our chances to move forward economically, socially, and politically.  As H.R. 87 is written, police have the power to hold people—immigrants and citizens alike—to investigate their status.  It reminded me of the notorious passbook system of the by-gone days of South African apartheid.  It seemed like a license for modern-day racial profiling and an invitation to violate an individual’s civil rights.  I am very glad to hear that a federal judge intervened in this matter to block the most heavy-handed measures of this law. 

“I also agree with the judge’s analysis that aspects of H.R. 87 seemed to be an “end-run around federal law” and an attempt by the state to manage areas of immigration that are actually under federal mandate. I have a great sense of gratitude and respect for the lawyers of the ACLU who pursued this matter on behalf of all the citizens of this country to protect and defend the principles of equality and justice in our democracy.”

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