Karen Handel on Immigration

Last Updated : Sep 10, 2010


Karen Handel has stated that she supports the Arizona immigration law, and does not believe that those who came here illegally should benefit from those actions.


Support for Arizona Law



Campaign Website Statements

Illegal Immigration

Karen believes that the United States and Georgia should be welcoming and hospitable to those who seek to come to our shores legally. Those who come by other means are, by definition, beginning their lives in our country and state by breaking our laws. While she believes that primary responsibility for protecting our borders lies with the federal government, she is well aware that they are systematically failing to live up to that responsibility, and that states must step in to fill the void left by federal inaction and incompetence.

As Secretary of State, Karen implemented the “SAVE” program to verify the work visa status of all new applicants for professional licenses who are not U.S. citizens. SAVE, which stands for Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlement Program is a federal database that helps us ensure that applicants who are not legally eligible to work in the United States will be denied licensure.


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