Archive for December, 2010

December 31, 2010

More States May Copy Arizona Immigration Law — What Do You Think, Should They? – ABC News

More States May Copy Arizona Immigration Law — What Do You Think, Should They? – ABC News.

One of the most controversial stories of 2010 was the passage of Arizona’s tough immigration law, and there are some indicators that 2011 could only see an expansion of a contentious debate.

According to a report in USA Today, more states are considering copying Arizona’s crackdown on illegal immigration, particularly after Congress failed to act in 2010 with any type of immigration legislation.

USA Today points to a study from the National Immigration Forum, which opposes Arizona’s law, suggesting that as many as seven states are “likely” to pass tough immigration legislation.

Supporters of Arizona’s law told the paper they expect many state legislators to wait to see how Arizona’s law fares in court before pressing ahead with their own versions. The Arizona law could eventually wind up before the Supreme Court.

Our question to you today: Should more states copy Arizona’s immigration law?

December 28, 2010

Gov. Perdue Warns GOP on Immigration

Gov. Perdue Warns GOP on Immigration

Updated: Wednesday, 22 Dec 2010, 4:27 PM EST
Published : Wednesday, 22 Dec 2010, 4:27 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) – Outgoing Gov. Sonny Perdue said Wednesday that fellow Republicans need to choose their words carefully when it comes to the emotionally charged debate over immigration.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Perdue declined to say whether he thought Georgia should adopt an Arizona-style immigration law as some state legislators have said they would like to do in the coming legislative session.

“You know I’m leaving Jan. 10?” he quipped.

But Perdue said his party needs to avoid “a gang-type mentality” that could be harmful to those “who want the American dream.”

“The Republican Party needs to be very, very careful that it maintains the golden rule in its rhetoric regarding immigration policy,” Perdue told The AP.

Perdue said the GOP needs to ensure that “people of color and people who are not U.S.-born” feel welcome. “And I think that’s the challenge of the Republican Party.”

“(Immigration) is a very emotive, emotion-filled topic that I think sometimes gets us out there where our hearts really aren’t,” Perdue said.

Still, Perdue—who signed a law in 2006 designed to crack down on illegal immigrants in Georgia and campaigned on the issue in his re-election bid that same year—said he believed the federal government has failed on the issue, leaving the hard work to the states.

“We can love all people while loving the law and expecting the law to be fulfilled and that’s a tricky balance,” Perdue said.

Immigration was a hot topic in the Georgia governor’s race won by Republican Nathan Deal and several new measures are expected to come before lawmakers when they reconvene at the state Capitol in January.

Deal said during the campaign that he would support an Arizona-style immigration law. That state approved a measure that requires police officers, when enforcing other laws, to question the immigration status of those they suspect are in the country illegally.

Perdue, Georgia’s first Republican governor since Reconstruction, is leaving office on Jan. 10 after two terms.

The Nov. 2 election handed Republicans control of all statewide seats.

Every single one of these elected officials is also a white male, and Perdue said Wednesday that over the long term that could pose a problem for the state Republican Party in a state where minority populations are on the rise.

But Perdue said he is proud of the number of women and minorities who have served in his own administration. He said, at one point, 60 percent of the state’s budget was allocated to agencies led by African Americans, both male and female.

December 28, 2010

Feds await Chatham’s participation in immigration check

Savannah Morning News

Feds await Chatham’s participation in immigration check

Posted: December 27, 2010 – 10:54pm  |  Updated: December 28, 2010 – 3:18am

By Eric Curl

Chatham County is listed as one of 25 Georgia counties that have not registered for a federally mandated program that verifies the legal status of non-U.S. citizens who apply for certain public benefits.

Chatham’s eligibility for state grants could be jeopardized if the requirement is not met, said Beth Brown, spokeswoman for the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia. The organization recently sent out a notice alerting member counties of the registration.

“We are continuing to push them to get it done,” Brown said.

On Friday, Assistant County Manager Pat Monahan said the county submitted its registration last week for the program known as the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements Program.

The county is waiting for confirmation from the Department of Homeland Security, which will make the registration official, Monahan said.

The county also filed a required report last week with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs that details the public benefits it has provided, which include the issuance of business licenses and alcohol permits. The report is due Jan. 1 after a law requiring such reports became effective last year.

The benefit verification program is separate from the federal E-Verify system – an Internet-based system that allows employers to determine employees’ eligibility to work in the United States. The county already participates in that program, Monahan said.

The authorization for states and counties to use the verification system occurred after the federal Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act passed in 1996, although it is not clear when the system became operational, Brown said.

Cobb County was the first county to register for the program, when it submitted its registration in July 2007. Another 134 Georgia counties have registered since then or are pending registration.

December 17, 2010

New Human Rights Report Condemns Rise of Immigration Policing | CommonDreams.org

New Human Rights Report Condemns Rise of Immigration Policing | CommonDreams.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 16, 2010
2:55 PM
CONTACT: National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Arnoldo García (510) 465-1984 ext 305
Laura Rivas (510) 465-1984 ext 304

New Human Rights Report Condemns Rise of Immigration Policing

Injustice for All Urges Obama Administration to Shift Policies, Protect Rights

OAKLAND, Calif. – December 16 – The Obama Administration and Congress need to shift away from the immigration policing regime that the government has been building over the past decade, according to a new report issued within days of International Migrants Day, December 18. Injustice for All: The Rise of the Immigration Policing Regime, is published by the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR) and points to the dramatic growth of a multi-faceted immigration control system that is normalizing government abuses against immigrants in the U.S.

The report is based on over 100 stories of rights abuses documented during 2009-2010 by HURRICANE: The Human Rights Immigrant Community Action Network, an initiative of NNIRR. Injustice for All raises concern that increased policing through Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) with state and local agencies, along with heightened border security, is undermining the health and safety of entire communities.

Injustice for All is the third report from HURRICANE, which maintains a national database of rights abuses against immigrants.

Ada Volkmer, coordinator of the Western North Carolina 100 Stories Project that contributed to the report, explained, “We found that when local police have immigration enforcement authority they are more prone to perpetrate abuses, including racial profiling.”

The North Carolina project was started by community groups to document abuses and organize for redress following widespread experience with law enforcement discrimination and abuse in the region. “Immigration-police collaboration makes our communities more vulnerable to abuses and exploitation because people do not trust the police and will not go to them to report crimes,” Ms. Volkmer added.

Ayesha Mahmooda, an organizer with DRUM: Desis Rising Up & Moving and contributor, stated, “In New York, South Asian workers and community members are reporting stolen wages and unsafe working conditions. They are very concerned that employers act with impunity and create a climate of fear by threatening them with deportation if they complain about working conditions.”

Laura Rivas, coordinator of the HURRICANE initiative, said, “We are calling on the Obama Administration and Congress to suspend the policing operations, the detentions and deportations. We want an aggressive investigation into the abuses; they must hear from our communities.”

In addition to calling for policy changes, Injustice for All calls on members of Congress to conduct field hearings to hear directly from community members-workers, men, women, children, youth, families, neighborhoods-who have experienced the rise in racial profiling, workplace abuse, forced family separation, and hate violence.

The text of the report is available here. Report authors and contributors are available for interviews.

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December 17, 2010

Ga. Supreme Court Rules For Right to Interpreter – WSB News on wsbradio.com

Ga. Supreme Court Rules For Right to Interpreter – WSB News on wsbradio.com.

December 16, 2010

Dec.16.2010 – Video of Press Conference with Georgia Senator and Republican Question Proposed Georgia Immigration Reform Efforts

On Thursday, Dec. 16th, 2010 at the Georgia Capitol, State Senator Nan Orrock and State Representative Virgil Fludd explained some of the reasons why efforts by the joint Senate/House Republican only special joint committee on immigration reform may be short sighted for progress in Georgia.

December 16, 2010

COLORLINES: Rising Hate For Migrants Worldwide Starts With Criminalizing Them – COLORLINES

NOTE: December 18th is International Migrants Day

Article: Rising Hate For Migrants Worldwide Starts With Criminalizing Them

December 16, 2010

12/15/10 Forsyth News: Detention center receives new system for tracking

Article: Detention center receives new system for tracking.

December 15, 2010

Mapping America Tool

Check out this really cool interactive program from the NYT!

http://projects.nytimes.com/census/2010/explorer?hp

December 15, 2010

12/15/10 AJC: ICE to house more suspected illegal immigrants in Georgia | ajc.com

ICE to house more suspected illegal immigrants in Georgia  | ajc.com.

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