ATLANTA — Georgia advocacy groups say a slate of anti-immigrant proposals backed by conservative lawmakers are hurting Atlanta’s chances of attracting Amazon’s second headquarters.
Flanked by Democratic state lawmakers, the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia and other advocacy groups detailed their opposition Thursday to the three bills they are calling the “Adios Amazon” slate. The measures would require a special driver’s license for non-U.S. citizens, would prevent the state government from issuing non-English communications and would tax out-of-state wire transfers, which are widely used by immigrants.
Rep. Pedro Marin says the proposed legislation is a “black eye” for the state and accused Republican lawmakers of pandering to their conservative base in the lead-up to elections in November.
Lawmakers supporting the legislation say the proposals don’t infringe on individual rights.