Jun 21, 2011

Immigration Crackdown vs. Reality: Georgia immigration law could impact taxi drivers

Now here's a new twist on how immigration legislation doesn't acknowledge reality.

Ga. immigration law could impact transportation | 11alive.com: "Monday, an Atlanta attorney told 11Alive's Jeff Hullinger there are unintended consequences of the new immigration bill that have the potential to impact all private and public transportation.

Quinton Washington of the law firm Bell and Washington is representing more than 2,000 taxi cab drivers from Gainesville to Clayton County to Atlanta.

If cab or limo drivers get pulled over for speeding or for a broken taillight, police have the right to ask for citizenship of the passengers.

Less than 7 undocumented people, it's a misdemeanor, more than 7, a felony.

Many immigrants use cabs to buy groceries and run errands.

The cab drivers don't want to be responsible for examining papers and documentation to make their living.

'It is our hope that the legislature and local law enforcement authorities would not seek to penalize drivers for simply taking people from point A to point B,' Washington said. "

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