Georgia’s Secretary of State wants access to a federal database to verify the citizenship of potential voters. The Justice Department approved the state’s request a year ago, but the Department of Homeland Security has not granted access.
A Georgia Bureau of Investigation center is receiving a national award. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has named the Georgia Information Sharing and Analysis Center the Fusion Center of the Year for success in establishing partnerships with federal, state and local agencies.
A federal report shows Georgia had the sixth-largest number of illegal immigrants in the country in January 2011. The Department of Homeland Security report released Friday shows that about 440,000 illegal immigrants lived in Georgia. Only California, Texas, Florida, New York and Illinois had larger illegal immigrant populations.
Federal officials confirm that two teenagers who entered the country illegally as children and were facing deportation proceedings have been freed. Homeland Security Department officials say 19-year-old Pedro Morales of Dalton and 18-year-old Luis Hernandez of Calhoun have been released from the Stewart Detention Center in south Georgia and their cases were dismissed.
Governor Nathan Deal says he wants to do more research on a program employers can use to verify if their workers are legal. Conservative lawmakers have to weigh whether forcing employers to check work status hurts the state’s economy.
Two Cobb County police officers are facing a federal civil rights lawsuit. They are accused of arresting and beating of an unarmed Latino man. They were allegedly operating under a program that allows local officers to enforce federal immigration law.
Scientists at the Savannah River National Lab are working on a system designed to screen shipping containers for radioactive material as they enter sea ports. Officials say the new system is cheaper and easier to use than what is currently available.