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Judge blocks provisions in Georgia immigration law

A federal judge has issued an injuction blocking certain provisions in Georgia’s new immigration law from taking effect, as they were scheduled to do on Friday. The two sections that Judge Thomas Thrash stopped from going into effect would have criminalized transporting or harboring an undocumented immigrant and required that local and state police check immigration status when detaining someone for a traffic violation or greater crime. The primary rationale for blocking these two sections was that they preempted federal law. In his decision, the judge said that, “The apparent legislative intent is to create such a climate of hostility, fear, mistrust and insecurity that all illegal aliens will leave Georgia.”