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Atlanta mayor under fire amid debate over illegal immigration

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is drawing fire from multiple sides in the hot-button debate over illegal immigration after recently announcing the city had joined a nationwide effort in finding legal help for immigrants facing deportation. When Reed announced the city’s new policy this month, he called Atlanta a “welcoming city that stands up for the civil and human rights of every person.&rdquo...


David Perdue: NYC terror attack proves need to axe green card lottery

David Perdue: NYC terror attack proves need to axe green card lottery

WASHINGTON — Reports that the Uzbek immigrant who carried out Tuesday’s terrorist attack in New York City legally received a green card under a U.S. lottery system underscore the need to eliminate the popular federal program, according to Georgia’s U.S. Sen. David Perdue. The freshman Republican said Tuesday’s attacks, which left eight dead and...
Georgia could see expansion in immigration enforcement program

Georgia could see expansion in immigration enforcement program

Georgia’s Corrections Department and authorities in Bartow and Floyd counties have applied to team up with federal deportation officers through an immigration enforcement program promoted by President Donald Trump, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned. At issue is the federal 287(g) program — named after the section of the 1996 federal law that authorizes it — which deputizes...
Immigration enforcement program could be expanded in Georgia

Immigration enforcement program could be expanded in Georgia

Georgia’s Corrections Department and authorities in Bartow and Floyd counties have applied to team up with federal deportation officers through an immigration enforcement program promoted by President Donald Trump, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned.  At issue is the federal 287(g) program – named after the section of the 1996 federal law that authorizes it – which...
National teacher survey: ‘Overworked, underpaid, underappreciated, questioned and blamed’

National teacher survey: ‘Overworked, underpaid, underappreciated, questioned and blamed’

A teacher survey released today by the American Federation of Teachers and the Badass Teachers Association shows high levels of stress in the profession, which is unlikely to surprise anyone who has been in a classroom in the last year. One source of that stress is the federal government, which has an education leader at the helm who has made school choice ...
Judge: Keep Jessica Colotl’s DACA status in place

Judge: Keep Jessica Colotl’s DACA status in place

A federal judge in Atlanta has for a second time ordered the Trump administration to keep in place a temporary reprieve from deportation for Jessica Colotl, the Norcross woman who has become a flashpoint in the national debate over illegal immigration.  In his ruling issued Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Mark Cohen said the Mexican native’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status...
Opinion: Separate DACA from DREAM Act – and put immigration enforcement first

Opinion: Separate DACA from DREAM Act – and put immigration enforcement first

D.A. King is president of the Georgia-based Dustin Inman Society, which advocates for enforcement of immigration laws. In this piece, King responds to a blog last week about a letter to Congress from national educational leaders beseeching Congress to provide permanent stability for young people with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA status....
Georgia Appeals Court denies in-state tuition for DACA recipients

Georgia Appeals Court denies in-state tuition for DACA recipients

Georgia’s Court of Appeals has reversed a lower court’s decision that said the state must permit residents who have been granted a special reprieve from deportation to pay in-state tuition at state colleges and universities. At issue is the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, or DACA, which grants two-year work permits and deportation deferrals...
Georgia Appeals Court rules against DACA recipients seeking in-state tuition

Georgia Appeals Court rules against DACA recipients seeking in-state tuition

Georgia’s Court of Appeals has reversed a lower court’s decision that said the state must permit residents who have been granted a special reprieve from deportation to pay in-state tuition at state colleges and universities.  At issue is the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, or DACA, which grants two-year work permits and deportation deferrals...
K-12 leaders urge Congress to protect young immigrants from deportation risks

K-12 leaders urge Congress to protect young immigrants from deportation risks

There is only one Georgia signatory on a letter from 55 school leaders across the nation beseeching Congressional leaders to preserve a path to citizenship for young immigrants who came to the United States as children. Alisha T. Morgan, executive director of Ivy Preparatory Academies, signed the letter written on behalf of students with Deferred Action for Childhood...
Georgia’s immigration enforcement panel draws scrutiny

Georgia’s immigration enforcement panel draws scrutiny

When Georgia lawmakers passed a sweeping law cracking down on illegal immigration in 2011, they created a board to hold state and local government officials accountable. Over the next six years the Immigration Enforcement Review Board received 20 complaints to investigate, according to documents obtained through Georgia’s Open Records Act. And all but one came from the same person: D.A. King...
Warden of ICE detention center in South Georgia retires

Warden of ICE detention center in South Georgia retires

The head of a privately operated immigration detention center in South Georgia has retired. Warden Bill Spivey left his post at Stewart Detention Center last month, according to CoreCivic, the Nashville-based corrections company that operates the facility through agreements with Stewart County and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  Spivey’s retirement followed the suicide of a detainee...
Exclusive: ICE’s top official in Atlanta details enforcement priorities

Exclusive: ICE’s top official in Atlanta details enforcement priorities

The man in charge of immigration enforcement for Georgia and the Carolinas has a message for immigrants living here without proper papers: Stay out of trouble, be careful about who you hang out with and get ready to return to your homeland. “They know that at any point while they are in the country illegally that they could be subject to enforcement,” said Sean Gallagher, the Atlanta field...
Born in the Philippines, but Georgia is home to this immigrant fighting for DACA

Born in the Philippines, but Georgia is home to this immigrant fighting for DACA

Raymond Partolan lifted his denim pant leg a few inches to reveal more of his brown boots. He offered an apology for his casual attire; it’s Friday — the one weekday where he can wear what makes him feel most comfortable to work at the Atlanta-area law office. He loves country music. The background picture on his cell phone depicts Georgia’s state flag. The state motto — &ldquo...
Georgia’s DACA immigrants fight for their lives in U.S.

Georgia’s DACA immigrants fight for their lives in U.S.

The freshly painted mural on a Buford Highway liquor store may seem an unlikely spot for a political statement. But to its creator, Roberto Hernandez, the many-hued hands that reach upward along the once-drab exterior of Atlanta Package tell his chapter in a story that a gutsy immigrant generation wants the nation to hear. Hernandez, 31, was born in Mexico and lived there until 1999, when he and his...
Georgia cities limiting cooperation with ICE amid Trump’s crackdown

Georgia cities limiting cooperation with ICE amid Trump’s crackdown

Civil rights activists are pushing communities across the nation to limit their cooperation with federal deportation officers. They are keeping their phone lines ringing. They are packing their City Council meetings. And they are drafting model rules for them to adopt. Those efforts are catching fire in the Atlanta area now that President Donald Trump is carrying out a broad crackdown on illegal immigration...
Decatur: ICE policy does not violate Georgia ‘sanctuary’ law

Decatur: ICE policy does not violate Georgia ‘sanctuary’ law

Decatur is violating a state law prohibiting “sanctuary policies” through its newly written policy limiting cooperation with federal immigration authorities, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle charged in a recent letter. City officials are adamantly denying the Republican gubernatorial candidate’s allegation.  In a letter Friday to State Auditor Greg Griffin, Cagle pointed out state law bars...
Georgia has head start when it comes to Trump’s immigration wish list

Georgia has head start when it comes to Trump’s immigration wish list

President Donald Trump set his sights on the nation’s employers this week when he outlined his wish list for any deal with Congress that would extend protections for young immigrants who could face deportation. Among other things, Trump said he wants to require businesses to use E-Verify, a federal workforce authorization program. The program works by checking information employees provide on...
Opinion: Immigration divides Ivy League America and ordinary working folks

Opinion: Immigration divides Ivy League America and ordinary working folks

Peter Morici is an economist and business professor at the University of Maryland, and a national columnist. In this essay, he examines the nation’s divergent views on immigrants, saying, “What works for Ivy League and elite state university graduates does not rhyme well for ordinary working folks in America’s interior.” He also suggests U.S. immigration...
Report: 15,700 DACA recipients in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell area

Report: 15,700 DACA recipients in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell area

President Donald Trump’s decision to phase out an Obama administration program that is temporarily shielding young immigrants from deportation would affect 15,700 people in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell area, federal records show. That represents a little more than 2 percent of the 689,800 people who were participating in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, as of...
ICE detainee wasn’t observed as required before he hanged himself

ICE detainee wasn’t observed as required before he hanged himself

Immigration authorities in South Georgia failed to check on a detainee they had deemed a “suicide risk” as often as they are required before he hanged himself in his solitary confinement cell in May, according to records obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s standards say detainees kept in isolation must be observed “at least...
Decatur approves policy limiting cooperation with ICE

Decatur approves policy limiting cooperation with ICE

Decatur has adopted a policy limiting cooperation with federal immigration authorities amid the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration.  Approved Friday by City Manager Peggy Merriss, the one-page policy prohibits Decatur police from arresting, detaining or transporting anyone solely on the basis of detainers issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. ...
Supreme Court cancels oral arguments concerning Trump’s travel ban

Supreme Court cancels oral arguments concerning Trump’s travel ban

The U.S. Supreme Court has canceled next month’s oral arguments concerning President Donald Trump’s travel ban, citing the new travel restrictions he issued by proclamation Sunday. The high court isn’t disposing of the case. Rather, it is asking both sides to file briefs by Oct. 5, showing whether the case is now moot, given the new proclamation. Meanwhile, Chad, Iran and Venezuela...
President Trump issues new travel ban affecting eight nations

President Trump issues new travel ban affecting eight nations

The Trump administration late Sunday announced it is replacing its travel ban with a new proclamation barring visitors from eight countries, saying those nations are not doing enough to block criminals and terrorists from reaching the United States. The result of a review of vetting procedures in nearly 200 countries, the new directive continues existing restrictions against Iran, Libya, Somalia,...
Officials watch for any travel restriction effects at Atlanta airport

Officials watch for any travel restriction effects at Atlanta airport

As President Donald Trump’s administration prepares to soon announce a new set of travel restrictions on visitors to the United States to replace the existing travel ban, local officials are looking out for any potential impact on travelers arriving at the Atlanta airport. At the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson International officials are monitoring the situation, which could...
Battle over the fate of Dreamers flares in Georgia

Battle over the fate of Dreamers flares in Georgia

Jaime Rangel vividly recalls the day the letter arrived five years ago in his family’s mailbox in Chatsworth, an event that prompted his mother to burst into tears. A Mexican native who was brought to America as an infant, Rangel learned from the letter that he had been accepted into the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. The program would make...
Atlanta mayor to highlight support for DACA at NY summit

Atlanta mayor to highlight support for DACA at NY summit

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is scheduled to appear Monday with other mayors from around the world at a summit in New York City where he will discuss his support for an Obama-era program that is shielding nearly 800,000 young immigrants from deportation. Reed supports Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, the program the Trump administration plans to phase out in six months. At the Global Mayors...
Fate unclear for Perdue’s immigration bill after Trump’s DACA move

Fate unclear for Perdue’s immigration bill after Trump’s DACA move

WASHINGTON – Georgia U.S. Sen. David Perdue thinks President Donald Trump’s decision to rescind an Obama-era program for young illegal immigrants opens the door for his own proposal remaking the country’s legal immigration system. But Perdue faces stiff opposition as he looks to jump-start support for his bill given how entrenched the issue of immigration...
What we know about Dreamers in Georgia

What we know about Dreamers in Georgia

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. But what do we know about these immigrants, especially the ones in Georgia? The Department of Homeland Security released a report this year detailing the beneficiaries of the DACA program from 2012, when the program first started accepting applications, to March this year. Nearly 800...
Fifteen states sue to block Trump’s cancellation of DACA

Fifteen states sue to block Trump’s cancellation of DACA

Fifteen states — not including Georgia — filed suit in federal court Wednesday, seeking to block President Donald Trump from canceling Obama-era protections for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants, many of whom were brought here as children. Also this week, Atlanta’s City Council passed a resolution opposing the president’s decision and calling on the police to limit...
Atlanta Council calls for limiting cooperation with ICE 

Atlanta Council calls for limiting cooperation with ICE 

Atlanta councilmembers have passed a symbolic resolution calling on the city police to limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities. The council’s 9-1 vote Tuesday followed the Trump administration’s decision to rescind Obama-era protections for nearly 800,000 young immigrants, many of whom were brought here as children.  Among other things, the council’s resolution...
Metro Atlanta schools brace for impact from DACA decision

Metro Atlanta schools brace for impact from DACA decision

Metro Atlanta school districts are scrambling to figure out how the decision to rescind the Deferred Action and Childhood Arrivals program affects them, as thousands across the state are eligible for deportation deferments through the program. For 26-year-old Jaime Rangel, one of the “Dreamers” the program covers, anything short of congressional intervention could see him depart the only...
Trump administration rescinds DACA program

Trump administration rescinds DACA program

The Trump administration on Tuesday announced it is rescinding an Obama-era program that is shielding nearly 800,000 young immigrants from deportation nationwide, giving Congress six months to tackle the thorny issue through legislation. Drawing a mixture of praise and condemnation, the move will have a substantial impact in Georgia. As of March, 24,135 people in the state have been granted...
Opinion: Why Trump’s DACA move is a prerequisite for immigration fix

Opinion: Why Trump’s DACA move is a prerequisite for immigration fix

Stephen Crowley / The New York Times Here is the price of governing by executive order: The next executive has the power to undo what you’ve done. And that is what the Trump administration is doing when it comes to deferred prosecution of some immigrants whose parents brought them to this country illegally as children. Attorney General Jeff Sessions ...
The Trump administration is rescinding DACA

The Trump administration is rescinding DACA

The Obama administration program that is shielding nearly 800,000 young immigrants from deportation in Georgia and across the nation and allowing them to work legally in America will be canceled in six months, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday.  By not immediately scrapping the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the Trump administration is giving Congress time...
Trump to set deadline to end Obama immigrant student policy. Playing to base or playing with fire?

Trump to set deadline to end Obama immigrant student policy. Playing to base or playing with fire?

Should President Donald Trump end the Obama-initiative that enabled undocumented immigrants brought here as children to attend college and work? According to Politico, Trump plans to eliminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA, which President Obama signed into law in 2012. Trump is supposed to announce his plan today, attaching a six-month delay to give Congress...
DACA supporters march in Atlanta as President Trump’s decision looms

DACA supporters march in Atlanta as President Trump’s decision looms

Mariana Aguilar is bracing for a decision from President Donald Trump that could radically change her life as well as the lives of nearly 800,000 others living across the nation. Trump, according to published reports, is expected to make good on a campaign promise Tuesday and announce that in six months he will end Obama administration protections for certain immigrants brought to the United States...
On the road with ICE in Georgia amid Trump’s crackdown

On the road with ICE in Georgia amid Trump’s crackdown

The rip of Velcro pierces the early-morning silence as the immigration officers adjust their body armor, readying for their next arrest. Gravel crunching underfoot, they step out of the darkness and into the dim glow of an Austell pizzeria so they can see each other more clearly. The time is 5 a.m. One of the officers hands out a photo of their target, Jose Serrano, a Mexican national who has been...
Immigration enforcement program could be expanded in Georgia, Carolinas

Immigration enforcement program could be expanded in Georgia, Carolinas

The Trump administration is considering expanding a controversial federal immigration enforcement program to two additional counties in Georgia and one in each of the Carolinas, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned. Named after the federal law that authorizes it, the 287(g) program gives local law enforcement officials the power to question people about their legal status, serve arrest warrants...
David Perdue looks to Democrats while selling immigration bill

David Perdue looks to Democrats while selling immigration bill

Facing a wall of opposition to his signature immigration proposal, Georgia U.S. Sen. David Perdue is looking ahead to a possible Plan B: cutting a deal with Democrats and others to try to salvage the White House-backed plan. The first-term Republican told local reporters at Friday roundtable that “everything is on the table” when it comes to getting his overhaul of the legal immigration...
Autopsy report: ICE detainee died from natural causes in Atlanta

Autopsy report: ICE detainee died from natural causes in Atlanta

Natural causes are to blame for the death of the Indian national who passed away in May while in the custody of federal immigration authorities in Atlanta, according to an autopsy report obtained by The Atlanta-Journal-Constitution. Atulkumar Babubhai Patel, 58, died at Grady Memorial Hospital after suffering from congestive heart failure due to atherosclerotic coronary artery disease, the Fulton...
GBI: No foul play in death of ICE detainee in South Georgia

GBI: No foul play in death of ICE detainee in South Georgia

There was no foul play in the death of Jean Jimenez-Joseph, the Panamanian national who hanged himself in a South Georgia immigration detention center in May, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has concluded as part of its months-long probe of the case.  “The cause of death — cause and manner — was suicide by hanging,” Danny Jackson, GBI's special agent in charge for...
Another Gwinnett official in hot water over Facebook posts

Another Gwinnett official in hot water over Facebook posts

A Gwinnett County judge and longtime local politician was suspended Tuesday after writing controversial Facebook posts about protests over Confederate memorials in Charlottesville, Virginia, and elsewhere. The controversy surrounding Jim Hinkle — a magistrate judge who served as mayor of the city of Grayson for more than two decades — comes just as the uproar surrounding...
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