Tue., March 27, 2012 10:00am (EDT)

Atlanta Responds To Immigration Complaint
By Associated Press
Updated: 2 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
The new Immigration Enforcement Review Board has the power to penalize public employees or agencies that violate state laws on immigration. The city of Atlanta is asking the board to delay action in a complaint filed against the mayor and city council. (Photo by Jeanne Bonner.)
The new Immigration Enforcement Review Board has the power to penalize public employees or agencies that violate state laws on immigration. The city of Atlanta is asking the board to delay action in a complaint filed against the mayor and city council. (Photo by Jeanne Bonner.)
The city of Atlanta has asked a newly created state panel charged with ensuring that public employees and agencies comply with state laws on immigration to delay action on a complaint filed against the mayor and city council members.

The city's legal department Monday sent its response to the Immigration Enforcement Review Board.

The complaint was filed last month by anti-illegal immigration activist D.A. King. It said a city ordinance violates state law by allowing applicants for public benefits to present an unacceptable Mexican government ID.

The city's response, obtained Monday by The Associated Press, says the city didn't knowingly and willfully violate the law and is taking action repeal the ordinance.

The board has the power to penalize public employees or agencies that violate state laws on immigration.