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Higher-Ed Research Assn. Moves 2013 Meeting From Atlanta Over Immigration Legislation

The American Educational Research Association announced on Friday that its 2013 annual meeting would be held in San Francisco instead of Atlanta because of an Arizona-style immigration law that Georgia adopted last year. The law, the Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011, adopts new rules for many Georgia businesses to make sure new hires are eligible to work in the country and gives the police new powers to investigate the immigration status of certain suspects. Opponents of the law raised concerns that it would lead to racial profiling of Georgia’s Hispanic population, which nearly doubled, to 9 percent, from 2000 to 2010, according to U.S. Census data. The association said the law “seriously compromises” its ability to hold a conference at which all its members would feel welcome. Some members feared that, under the law, participants from Mexico, Haiti, and other countries could be racially profiled and harassed.

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