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Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 6:00am

Atlanta Responds To Immigration Complaint

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.