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Monday, April 30, 2012 - 11:09am

Atlanta Repeals Immigration Ordinance

The city of Atlanta has repealed an ordinance that recognized a particular Mexican ID card for city government transactions.

The city council voted April 16 to repeal the ordinance after a complaint was filed with the newly created state Immigration Enforcement and Review Board indicating that the ordinance put the city at odds with state law.

Georgia's new law targeting illegal immigration says applicants for public benefits must submit a secure and verifiable form of identification proving eligibility, and it specifically says a Mexican government-issued matricula consular is not acceptable.

The complaint was the first one before the newly created immigration enforcement panel. The city has asked last week that the complaint be dismissed.

Board chairman Ben Vinson did not immediately return calls and an email seeking comment Monday.