287 (g) Program Cities and Counties
Cobb County (per web site contact 1/15/09)
On your site you only have Hall County listed. Cobb County also uses this federal program - Sheriff Warren is very strict on illegals. Could you please add Cobb County to the list for Georgia?
Georgia changes state code to prohibit local governements from putting sanctuary city policies into place.
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"10-1-2009 - General Provisions: Amend Chapter 80 of Title 36 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, Related to General Provisions Applicable to Counties, Municipal Corporations, and Other Governmental
Entities, so as to Prohibit Immigration Sanctuary Policies by Local Governmental Entities; Provide for Penalties; Provide for Related Matters; Provide an Effective Date; Repeal Conflicting Laws; and for
Georgia may make driver test English only
April 2, 2009, FROM ASSOCIATED PRESS
ATLANTA — Georgia would require that new drivers take a written license test in English under a bill being considered by state lawmakers, and the proposal has some employers and immigrant advocates worried it would keep people unfamiliar with the language from being able to work.
The measure is the latest in a series of English-only legislation around the country, but Georgia is believed to be the only state that would have a law requiring that drivers take the written test in English without a translator or other aid. Versions of the bill have passed both chambers of the Legislature, and lawmakers are trying to hash out differences before the session ends Friday.
Mixed messages along South's 'Immigrant Highway,' a singular stretch of modern America
By JOHN MORENO GONZALES, Associated Press Writer, March 10, 2009
CHAMBLEE, Ga. (AP) — Odilio Perez aches for a life beyond Buford Highway, a six-lane stretch of strip malls and ethnic diversity that cuts through three counties in the New American South.
The thick-shouldered Guatemalan settled along the artery leading out of Atlanta more than a decade ago, answering the call of local officials who used the springboard of the 1996 Summer Olympics to make immigrants a centerpiece of the community's rebirth. Vacant car lots and whitewashed stores gave way to affordable apartments, an eclectic mix of shops and towering business signs that are a study in polyglot.
More than a dozen languages are spoken along the thoroughfare, and in each, the question is often the same: Where does the immigrant highway ultimately lead? Hardened enforcement policies and stagnant green-card programs tell immigrants that America has limited use for them, yet the actions of local officials and employers in places like Buford Highway signal that they are a vital part of the future.
Immigration key in Gwinnett commission race
By EILEEN DRENNEN for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 3, 2008
In the race for the Gwinnett County Commission, illegal immigration is the topic of the day.
Shirley Lasseter, the former mayor of Duluth now running for the District 1 seat, came out last week with a proposal to build a new federal detention center for illegal immigrants in metro Atlanta.
Union panel calls attention to immigration raids
By MARY LOU PICKEL for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 29, 2008
A panel meets this morning in Atlanta to call attention to civil rights violations during immigration raids.
The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union organized a commission to talk about issues like U.S. citizens mistaken for immigrants, the cost to taxpayers of the raids and the extent to which raids curb illegal immigration.
Teenager Justeen Mancha, who was born in Texas and lived in Reidsville, will testify. She was home alone getting ready for school when she heard several men enter her mobile home in September 2006.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents conducted raids house to house in three Georgia counties, searching for illegal immigrants who used false documents and worked at the nearby Crider poultry plant in Stillmore.
Immigration official, wife indicted in visa scheme
By CHRISTIAN BOONE for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 05/14/08
A U.S. immigration official and his wife have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Atlanta, accused of taking bribes in exchange for visas supplied to illegal immigrants.
Hasmukh C. Patel, a business interface representative for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, allegedly secured a worker visa on behalf of a foreign national he said would be employed by him and his wife, Nitigna.
Immigration, traffic talked about at forum
By EILEEN DRENNEN for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 8, 2008
Hosted by the Gwinnett Village CID, the event was designed to focus on issues of concern to the southwestern parts of the county: transit solutions, redevelopment, crime and illegal immigration.
All agreed illegal immigration is a problem, but they had different notions of how county government should address it.
"Each and every one of us is part of the problem," Pirkle said. "We brought them in here to get a cheaper way of living."
Targeting business owners who hire nonresidents and cracking down on the landlords who run what amount to boardinghouses, Green said, were good places to start.
Hassell called for enforcing the quality-of-life ordinances that are on the books and putting more emphasis and visibility on the efforts under way.
The county is dong what it can, Bannister said, including adopting the program known as 287(g), which trains law enforcement officials to flag illegal immigrants admitted to jail for other offenses. But at the end of the day, it's a federal problem, and the local government can only do so much, he said.
Bannister said he has increased the number of police officers during his term from 450 three years ago to somewhere in the ballpark of "632 ... 692, in that range."
Chinese-run job agencies face illegal immigration scrutiny
By MARY LOU PICKEL for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 27, 2008
The advertisements in the Chinese newspapers get to the point quickly.
"We Provide Quality Hispanics," employment agencies say in Mandarin.
Chinese labor contractors in Chamblee tell Chinese restaurant owners throughout the Southeast they have a big supply of laborers at their fingertips to cut vegetables, cook and wash dishes. They'll deliver the workers, too.
One agency uses the slogan "Mexican Express."
This labor supply system, which sometimes approximates debt-servitude, led to federal indictments against 15 people this month in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
Six Chinese immigrants who operated employment agencies at a Chamblee Dunwoody Road site face charges of conspiring to encourage illegal immigrants to live in the United States as well as transport and harbor them for financial gain. Most of the workers are Mexican or Central American.
The raids don't seem to have made a dent, though.
Just a week after the April 11 raid in which FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 33 people, two employment agencies had reopened in the same space.
Illegal immigration program gets results in Hall County
By Matt Lampert for Access GA, April 24, 2008
GAINESVILLE – Hall County sheriff’s deputies received training in January as a part of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Division’s 287 (g) program.
Deputies learned about immigration law, intercultural relations, and how to use Department of Homeland Security databases to identify immigration violators and other criminals. Additionally, the program permits officers to screen the immigration status of those processed into the county jail.
Sheriff’s Maj. Jeff Strickland says the program is making a difference. “We’ve had a number of people who detainers were placed on,” he said.
Overall, immigration holds have been placed on 111 individuals. Forty-five people have been turned over to federal agents for possible deportation.
Thirty-Three Arrested in Immigration Raid
WSB Radio, April 12, 2008
(WSB Radio) -- Three years ago, a couple who ran a Chamblee employment agency were convicted of smuggling immigrants into the U.S.
Now, an ICE raid nets 33 arrests. Seven people are facing criminal charges. Twenty-six are charged with immigration violations.
Patrick Crosby with the U.S. Attorney's Office says the raid also involves four employment agencies.
A search warrant was served at 3245 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road Friday afternoon. A cross reference of the address shows the building as occupied by the Sing Long Employment Agency.
All of the suspects are in federal custody.
Immigration screening ahead
By Rick Badie for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 10, 2008
Minutes into the tour, Maj. Carl Sims had to excuse himself.
“Stay here!” the top administrator at the Gwinnett County jail yelled at me.
Off he ran down the hallway, joined by a dozen or so sheriff’s deputies.
Their destination: the kitchen area. The reason: Two of the 2,569 inmates were fighting.
Seconds later, the young men emerged, handcuffed, and were escorted away.
The altercation served up the only drama Wednesday when the Badie Tour visited the jail, located off University Parkway in Lawrenceville.
A program that screens inmates for immigration violations is what brought me there. It’s called 28((g),, and it trains local law enforcement officers how to identify illegal immigrants and to refer them to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for possible deportation.
Gwinnett to screen inmates for immigration violations
LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County authorities say they will begin screening inmates in the county jail for immigration violations under a program already in place in Hall County.
The $5 million program approved by the county commission last week trains deputies to use U.S. Department of Homeland Security databases to look up inmate records. Deputies also will be trained to begin the deportation process for those in the country illegally.
The new program could begin as early as October. The plan is part of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement program to equip local authorities across the country with the ability to find illegal immigrants in their detention facilities.
Roswell police cites manpower, declines immigration training
By MARY MacDONALD for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 4/3/08
Roswell police are expected to decline an invitation from federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement to train two local officers in combatting document fraud and street gangs.
The federal training would remove the patrol officers from the community for up to a year, said Police Chief Ed Williams. He told the City Council and Mayor Jere Wood this week he was reluctant to lose the officers for such specific training.
"I'd hate to lose two officers at this point," he said.
Instead, the police department is expected to reapply later this year for federal training on immigration enforcement for local jail and patrol officers, Williams said, which is a greater need. The Roswell police department has 131 sworn officers, including commanders.
The council and mayor endorsed his suggestion, and agreed to place an item on the council agenda Monday that would decline the ICE training in document fraud and street gangs.
House targets illegal immigrants, Senate tables measure
Fort Mills Times, 4/2/08
ATLANTA — The Georgia House has overwhelmingly adopted a bill that would outlaw sanctuary cities - places where officials are prohibited from reporting illegal immigrants.
The sanctuary cities bill passed the House on Wednesday 129 to 32. The sponsor, James Mills of Gainesville, conceded that no such cities formally exist in Georgia. But he said it was a "pre-emptive strike," and the measure passed with little debate.
Meanwhile, the state Senate tabled a measure that would have allowed authorities to impound the cars of unlicensed drivers. The bill was widely seen as targeting illegal immigrants. Its sponsor - John Wiles of Marietta - said the bill was inspired by the death of Cobb County sheriff's deputy Loren Lilly, who was killed in a 2006 New Year's Eve traffic accident involving two illegal immigrants from Mexico. The driver lacked a license.
But there was bipartisan concern that the measure infringed on private property rights.
Gwinnett considers checking inmates for immigration violations
By MICHAEL PEARSON for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 3/28/08
The politically charged debate over a proposed jailhouse program to detect illegal immigrants is heating up again.
Commissioner Lorraine Green said Thursday she will propose at Tuesday's commission meeting that the county add funding to the Sheriff's Department for as many as 18 new deputies to staff the federally-administered program, which seeks to screen incoming jail inmates for immigration violations and turn at least some over to federal authorities for deportation.
While the proposal sounds innocuous, Chairman Charles Bannister accused Green of using it to curry political favor in her effort to unseat him in the July Republican primary.
Green called The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday afternoon to announce her intentions while Bannister was out of town on a fact-finding trip to Mecklenburg County, North Carolina to learn about how the sheriff's department implemented the program there.
Bannister said Green's decision to announce her intentions during his absence was evidence of her efforts to politicize the program.
Bannister said he supports the program and hiring new deputies to staff it, if necessary, but not until Sheriff Butch Conway's staff wades into the project and learns more about what it will take to run it here and how much it will cost — a key issue when in a time of economic uncertainty when the county is already drawing on reserves to balance its budget.
Georgia Senate Asked To Sideline Immigration Bill
By ANDREW NELSON for the Georgia Bulletin, 3/20/08
ATLANTA—Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory is asking the Georgia Senate to sideline a legislative proposal targeting illegal immigrants driving cars in the state, saying it would unfairly punish families.
The bill proposes allowing law enforcement officials to seize the car or truck driven by an undocumented person who is in an accident or commits a traffic violation.
In a letter to Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Archbishop Gregory said the measure is “an extremely harsh and grossly disproportionate penalty against families and particularly against the poor” in Georgia.
The measure, HB 978, is part of a package of immigration-related bills that surfaced in the Georgia Legislature this term. Some have likely died, such as a proposed constitutional amendment to make Georgia government English-only, but other proposals continue to be debated.
Broun: Good border fences will make good neighbors
By Rep. Paul Broun for the Athens Banner-Herald, 3/14/08
When will Washington get it? The American public has spoken loudly and clearly. Americans want their borders secured, and they want the problem of illegal immigration handled with swiftness and certainty. Above all, Americans do not support legislative proposals that provide a "pathway to citizenship" for people who have broken the law to enter this country. The public recognizes that a "pathway to citizenship" is just politically correct Washington-speak for "amnesty." And that is a dog that simply will not hunt.
Why do Americans reject giving illegal aliens amnesty? Because the public realizes this is an issue about preserving the rule of law. It is often said that we are a nation of laws and not of men. Those who promote amnesty for illegal aliens, however, seem to believe that the opposite is true. They seek to define America as a land that will selectively enforce its laws, that will defer to the desires of noncitizens over citizens, and that will provide incentives for people to break the law rather than to abide by it.
Vendors seeking contracts in Gwinnett must check employees' immigration status - Commission approves ordinance requiring contractors to register with federal employment verification system
By GREG BLUESTEIN for the AP, 3/4/08
The Gwinnett County Commission gave final approval Tuesday to an ordinance requiring vendors seeking county contracts to enroll in a federal employment verification program meant to weed out illegal immigrants.
The unanimous decision should also end a lawsuit over the county's initial version of the ordinance, which two contractor groups said violated federal law by illegally regulating immigration policy, among other things.
Georgia Senate OKs immigration legislation
By Keith Goble for the Land Line Magazine, 3/3/08
A pair of bills that would crack down on illegal immigration in Georgia has reached the halfway point in the statehouse. One bill would toughen penalties for driving without a license in the state while the other would outlaw “sanctuary” cities.
Another bill would allow police to seize vehicles driven by illegal immigrants.
The Senate voted 38-13 to advance a bill to the House that would apply to people driving without a valid driver’s license, or a suspended or revoked license. Driving with an expired license would not apply. People who obtain legal licenses would have their cases dismissed.
Police Could Seize Cars From Illegals
By GREG BLUESTEIN for the AP, 2/28/08
ATLANTA — Police would have the power to seize cars from illegal immigrants stopped in a traffic accident or cited for driving violations under a plan approved Thursday by the Georgia House.
The proposal faced fierce criticism from Democrats who feared the measure could run afoul of state and federal law, but it earned support from Republicans who argued it would protect citizens from illegals who "thumb their nose at the state law."
"Our federal government has failed to deal with the matter at the border," said state Rep. James Mills, R-Gainesville. "However, we do have the matter of securing our state laws."
Gwinnett Sheriff: Give me more money, I'll enforce immigration laws
By ANDRIA SIMMONS for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2/20/08
Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway says he will start enforcing federal immigration laws by deporting illegal immigrants housed at the jail if the county commission gives him enough money to hire 18 more deputies.
Conway says he would be willing to join a U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement program that trains deputies to begin deportation proceedings for undocumented immigrants.
The sheriff had been engaged in a public spat with Commission Chairman Charles Bannister in recent weeks over whether joining the program was feasible.
Ga.: Senate passes immigration measures
By Forbes, February 7, 2008
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers waded back into the debate over immigration on Thursday, passing one measure that would outlaw sanctuary cities and another that would boost penalties for driving without a valid drivers license.
Sanctuary cities -- where officials are prohibited from reporting illegal immigrants -- became a flashpoint in the Republican presidential primary. Rudolph Giuliani was accused of presiding over a safe haven for illegal immigrants as mayor of New York City.
The Georgia bill would prohibit sanctuary cities here, although the bill's sponsor conceded that no such cities formally exist in the state.
Immigration reform bill under scrutiny
Published: May 26, 2007 09:48 pm
By Charles Oliver
Dalton Daily Citizen
Dalton immigration attorney Carlos Calderin says local immigrants are keeping a close eye on an immigration reform bill winding its way through the U.S. Senate.
“You have two different groups. There’s one group that has heard there’s a proposal for immigration reform, and they are all in favor of it,” he said.
“But there’s another group that has looked into it and has said ‘Well, it seems to be a little unclear when there will be a guest worker program, if ever,’ and they oppose that,” Calderin added.
The bill currently would create a worker verification program aimed at preventing illegal aliens from getting jobs,. It would change the immigration system to reward job skills and education over family connections in deciding who can legally come to the United States. And it would beef up security along the Mexico-U.S. border. The bill would also permit many of the estimated 12 million people in the United States illegally to obtain some sort of legal status.
The bill currently mandates that the Mexican border be closed and secured before any of the guest worker programs go into effect.
Calderin says that’s why some conservative Republicans such as Georgia’s Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss are supporting the proposal.
In a conference call with reporters last week, Isakson and Chambliss said that if those security provision are stripped out they would not support the bill.
“The border security part is very clear, what needs to be done, what’s supposed to be done. The guest worker program is very unclear if it would ever be done,” Calderin said.
Calderin says the probational status the bill would create for those currently in the country illegally is also “very murky.”
“To my understanding, it’s not a work permit, and it’s not residency. It just freezes everything. It appears the person wouldn’t be legal, but they couldn’t be deported,” he said.
Local immigrants aren’t the only ones watching the bill. Georgia lawmakers have been grappling with the issue of illegal immigration. Last year, the General Assembly passed a bill that cut off most taxpayer-funded benefits to adult illegals.
“The thing we’ve got to do is close the border. Until that happens, it doesn’t matter what happens on the inside. If they keep coming from the outside, there’s no way we can control it,” said state Rep. Roger Williams, R-Dalton.
That point was echoed by state Sen. Don Thomas, R-Dalton.
“I think the vast majority of the people in this community, state and country agree that the first thing that needs to be done is to build a fence and secure the border,” Thomas said.
Thomas and Williams said that securing the border will involve more than just passing legislation.
“Carrying out the law is a tremendous endeavor itself, and a difficult one. As I understand, they’ve already passed a law to build 750 miles of fence some time ago, and they’ve only built two miles of it,” Thomas said.
State Rep. Tom Dickson, R-Cohutta, said many of the people he has talked to dislike parts of the bill, but they think it is important to start the process of reform.
“I’ve talked to a number of people whose biggest concern is that we get something done. Let’s quit just talking about it. Let’s start to make some progress,” he said.
“The congressmen that I’ve talked to understand this is just a starting point. Let’s not pass something and then wait 30 years to revisit the issue. Let’s continue to monitor the situation and take action as it’s required,” Dickson said.