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Georgia Democrats hold briefing on immigration law

ATLANTA (AP) — A Democratic state senator says Georgia legislators need to focus their political capital on pressing federal lawmakers to tackle immigration reform rather than passing more state-level measures.

Sen. Curt Thompson commented after a public briefing Tuesday held by the Senate Democratic Special Committee on Immigration and Georgia's Economy.

The group heard from representatives of the restaurant industry and the state's fruit and vegetable growers, a small-town mayor from south Georgia and others.

The speakers said the state's new law targeting illegal immigration is causing a labor shortage, is harming the state's economy and unfairly targets Latinos. Several said they'd like to see the law repealed.

Thompson, who chairs the committee, said it's not realistic to expect the law to be repealed but he would like to see some tweaks.