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March 10, 2012

March 9, 2012 – GPB – Alabama Immigration Ruling Could Affect Georgia

Alabama Immigration Ruling Could Affect Georgia.

Fri., March 9, 2012 4:19pm (EST)

By Sasha Horne

ATLANTA  —

Both Georgia and Alabama's immigration reform laws have been challenged by immigrant rights groups and the federal government. (GPB File Photo)

Both Georgia and Alabama’s immigration reform laws have been challenged by immigrant rights groups and the federal government. (GPB File Photo)

A federal appeals court in Atlanta blocked two parts of Alabama’s law targeting illegal immigration Thursday.

Both Georgia and Alabama’s immigration reform laws have been challenged by immigrant rights groups and the federal government. The U.S. Circuit Court of appeals stuck down portions of Alabama’s law including a measure making it a felony for an undocumented immigrant to do business with the state.

Immigration attorney Charles Kuck says the decision sends a clear message to Georgia Lawmakers.

“The court of appeals is in agreement that states should not and cannot be meddling in federal immigration laws,” says Kuck.

Kuck says this week’s decision validates concerns in Georgia.

“The state legislature would be better focused in demanding that our federal legislators actually focus on real immigration reform,” Kuck added.

Perhaps the most controversial part of the Alabama law, requiring law enforcement to check immigration status during routine traffic stops is still in effect. The Court of Appeals is waiting on the Supreme court to rule on the Arizona immigration case before making a decision on Georgia’s law.

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March 6, 2012

3/6/-2012 – Global Atlanta – Convention Cancels Atlanta Venue Due to Immigration Law

Convention Cancels Atlanta Venue Due to Immigration Law

A national research association decided to move its 2013 annual convention out of Atlanta because it feared that international visitors and U.S. citizens of color among the 14,000-plus attendees might feel unwelcome due to the state’s immigration enforcement law, according to the executive director.

Read more at link: Convention Cancels Atlanta Venue Due to Immigration Law

March 6, 2012

3/6/2012 – CL Atlanta – Anti-immigrant student bill passes Senate

Anti-immigrant student bill passes Senate | Atlanta News & Opinion Blog | Fresh Loaf | Creative Loafing Atlanta.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Anti-immigrant student bill passes Senate

Posted by Joeff Davis on Tue, Mar 6, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Sen. Nan Orrock speaking at a rally last week in front of the capitol in support of undocumented students.

  • Joeff Davis
  • Sen. Nan Orrock speaking at a rally last week in front of the capitol in support of undocumented students.

The state Senate yesterday voted to pass Senate Bill 458, which would prevent undocumented students from attending any of Georgia’s 60 public colleges. Laws are on the books that already stop undocumented students from attending any colleges with a competitive application process (includes the top five state schools), as well as making the undocumented students — many of whom have spent most of their lives in Georgia — pay out-of-state tuition. The state estimates that one tenth of one percent of students in the system are undocumented or roughly 300 out of about about 318,000 students.

Chancellor Hank Huckaby of the University System of Georgia came out against the law in his testimony Feb. 22 before the Senate Judiciary Committee, saying “I believe our current policy addresses the concerns some of you have that the System should ensure that all undocumented students pay out-of-state tuition, that no Georgians should be denied a seat in college if they were academically qualified because of an undocumented student, and that educating undocumented students would not cost Georgia taxpayers.”

Huckaby added: “Graduating more students is a key goal of the System as we work to help Georgia prosper. Even for those who are here through no fault of their own, it makes sense to me that we should educate them to the highest level possible. It helps our state economically, culturally, and educationally.”

Despite his testimony, the Senate voted 34-19 in favor of the bill, largely along party lines. No Democrats voted for it.

Yvony Diaz, 19, who moved to Georgia when he was 8 years old, said he was saddened by the vote, but held out hope that the bill could still be defeated. Diaz was brought to the U.S. by his parents when he was two months old and graduated from Chattahoochee High School in 2010.

“When SB 458 was passed on Monday, it made me feel under attack,” he wrote in an e-mail to CL. “It’s making me think that my dream of attending college here in Georgia is fading away. But I can’t think like that. I know we’re in the right side of history and justice is not being served.”

He said he’d move to another state if the bill passes before he’d consider returning to Mexico, adding that he speaks only a little Spanish.

The bill next moves to the House.

March 6, 2012

March 6th, 2012 – Democracy Now! – Freedom University: Undocumented College Students in Georgia Forced to Attend Underground School

http://www.democracynow.org/2012/3/6/freedom_university_undocumented_college_students_in

Freedom University: Undocumented College Students in Georgia Forced to Attend Underground School

Dreamstudents

As Georgia votes in its Super Tuesday primary, the State Senate has voted to ban undocumented immigrant students from all public universities. Undocumented students from Georgia are already barred from the state’s five most competitive schools and must pay out-of-state tuition at other state schools. “Telling us that we cannot obtain higher education, that we cannot go to college or community college, even if we work hard and do our best in school, it is crushing dreams, it is crushing goals,” says Keish Kim, an undocumented student from South Korea who now attends Freedom University, an ad hoc underground school in Athens, Georgia, where university professors volunteer to teach undocumented students kept out of public classrooms. We also speak with Azadeh Shahshahani, director of the National Security/Immigrants’ Rights Project at the ACLU of Georgia. [includes rush transcript]

http://www.democracynow.org/2012/3/6/freedom_university_undocumented_college_students_in

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