New immigration law takes effect today in Chatham County, state | savannahnow.com

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New immigration law takes effect today in Chatham County, state | savannahnow.com

A new immigration law, Senate Bill 160, which expands the state’s crackdown on illegal immigration goes into effect today.

It expands on a 2011 comprehensive immigration law and, among other things, aims to make obtaining state driver’s licenses, public and assisted housing, tax credits, homestead exemptions, retirement benefits and grants more difficult for people who have illegally immigrated here.

The law also includes a requirement for all city, county and state government agencies to require their contractors to use E-Verify, a free online program that checks the immigration status of new hires.

Previously, agencies with fewer than two employees were exempt from using E-Verify.

Failure to comply could lead to penalties such as jail time, fines and loss of qualified local government status, as well as removal from office for elected and appointed officials.

Michael Kaigler, an assistant Chatham County manager, said the county has been using the federally run system for the past few years.

“I think we’ve prepared,” Kaigler said on Friday.

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