Georgia Enacts Law Requiring Police To Identify And Detain Illegal Immigrants Who Commit Crimes

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed a series of bills into law Wednesday, including the Georgia Criminal Alien Track and Report Act (House Bill 1105), which requires police and sheriff’s departments to identify illegal aliens who commit crimes and detain them for deportation by federal immigration authorities.

The legislation gained momentum after the death of 22-year-old nursing student Laken Riley, who was killed while jogging on the University of Georgia’s campus. The murder suspect, 26-year-old Venezuelan native Jose Ibarra, is not a U.S. citizen.

“People who thought sanctuary cities were a good idea, they are not,” Kemp said after signing the bill. “We support legal immigration, but when you got people coming in here illegally, committing crimes, multiple crimes, especially killing someone, we are not going to stand for that.”

Georgia State Sen. John Albers emphasized that the bill is about public safety, not immigration, saying, “This is about criminals that are found to be illegal aliens.”

Kemp also signed several other bills, including measures to increase penalties for providing contraband to inmates, require certain vehicles to have flashing or revolving amber lights, and provide insurance coverage for first responders managing job-related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).