Obama blasts Georgia bill targeting illegal immigrants

photo President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks at a Democratic party fundraiser, the third of three such events he attended in one night, in New York, Wednesday, April 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

ATLANTA - President Barack Obama has waded into the fierce debate over illegal immigration in Georgia, strongly criticizing the state's Arizona-style legislation on immigration enforcement.

In an interview with WSB-TV, Obama said of House Bill 87: "It is a mistake for states to try to do this piecemeal. We can't have 50 different immigration laws around the country. Arizona tried this, and a federal court already struck them down."

''The truth of the matter is that we've done more on enforcement than any previous administration," he said.