Gov. Nathan Deal, who made immigration a campaign issue last year, told Te Atlanta Journal-Constitution Friday he is likely to sign HB87 after reviewing it.
"To try and craft legislation that is within the parameters of what a state can do without overstepping its bounds is difficult," Deal said. "And I commend the General Assembly for trying to put a product together that they felt like met that, and from what I have seen, I believe it does meet that."
Business groups concerned that the bill will cut off a supply of low-wage workers, especially in agriculture, should lobby Congress to do something about immigration, Deal said.