Immigration officials are deporting fewer people from a three-state Atlanta-based region. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Bureau says deportations from Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina declined to 14,000 last year from 19,000 the year before. Georgia Immigration Enforcement Review Board member Phil Kent says the decline is "disturbing."
State officials are investigating a complaint that the city of Vidalia is operating a catch-and-release program for illegal immigrants. It's the first investigation authorized by the state's Immigration Enforcement Review Board. State lawmakers created the panel last year to look into citizen complaints about illegal immigration.