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Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 2:45pm

Immigration Panel Dismisses Complaint

A state panel that oversees enforcement of Georgia's immigration laws has dismissed a complaint that the city of Vidalia is harboring illegal workers.

The state Immigration Enforcement Review Board had appointed a subcommittee in June to look into accusations by Michael Dale Smith of Twin City. Smith accused officials in Vidalia, home of Georgia's famous sweet onion crop, of giving illegal immigrants safe harbor by allowing them to work and live in the city limits. City officials denied his allegations.

Board member Phil Kent said the subcommittee "didn't find anything actionable."

The seven-person panel has the power to investigate complaints, hold hearings, subpoena documents and witnesses and take disciplinary action.

The board also formed a committee to look into another complaint and put two more complaints on hold for now.

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