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Deal: GA bears cost of illegal immigration

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ROCK SPRING, Ga. -- On Monday, gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal told a group of supporters that Georgia needs immigration laws like Arizona's, but on the same day, Arizona's governor said Georgia needs a governor like Karen Handel, one of Mr. Deal's opponents.

In a fundraiser hosted by Walker County Commissioner Bebe Heiskell, Mr. Deal told the group that illegal immigrants cost Georgia $1.6 billion annually and the state needs to train and certify all law enforcement officers in immigration enforcement.

"We are bearing the cost of it in every community," he said.

Arizona took similar but controversial measures earlier this year.

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