President Barack Obama recently spoke out against a Georgia immigration bill that would allow law enforcement agents to look into the residency status of suspects.
Obama told WSB-TV that it is not prudent for each state to try to enforce immigration policies, citing the example of Arizona, which had its onerous immigration bill struck down by a federal court.
The president also defended his administration’s record on enforcing immigration law.
“The truth of the matter is that we’ve done more on enforcement than any previous administration,” Obama said. “We have more border patrols. We have been engaging in serious enforcement crackdowns on employers who are hiring undocumented workers.”
Republican Representative Matt Ramsey, the author of the bill, responded in an email to the president’s remarks, saying that the state had to take action because the federal government had not fulfilled its duties.
“Unlike the federal government, the state of Georgia actually balances its budget each year and we simply cannot afford to wait on solutions from Washington, D.C.,” Ramsey said in an email, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.