Thousands of undocumented Georgians are applying for deferred access status under a controversial program Pres. Obama announced in June. It will spare some immigrants from deportation for two years. And it will affect many young people whose legal status has kept them in limbo.
Advocates say the recent Obama administration policy change won't directly change a little-known visa program for young illegal immigrants, but it may make young illegal immigrants more comfortable coming forward for help.
Georgia's attorney general says illegal immigrants who are granted permission to stay in the country under an Obama administration policy announced in June will be eligible for driver's licenses in the state. In a letter to the governor obtained by The Associated Press, Attorney General Sam Olens says illegal immigrants who can produce proof of "approved deferred action status" will be eligible for a driver's license.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that parts of an Arizona immigration law are unconstitutional. The law is a model for a similar Georgia measure partly blocked by a federal court. The High Court ruling now means a federal court in Atlanta can rule on Georgia’s immigration law.
New data shows the number of Mexicans living in this country illegally has fallen significantly for the first time in decades. The drop nationwide and here in Georgia is tied to a dragging economy and tougher immigration laws.
Georgia’s top university official asked lawmakers Tuesday to table a controversial bill. It would bar illegal immigrants from attending any of the state’s 35 public colleges and universities. The bill would affect about 300 students or one tenth of one percent of students enrolled in the University System of Georgia.
University of Georgia President Michael Adams says the campus will continue to follow a state policy banning illegal immigrants from enrolling despite a vote by faculty and staff calling for its repeal.
Georgia's new immigration law is affecting businesses beyond those in agriculture and other industries that rely on immigrant labor. Shops catering to Hispanics say, their customer base is drying up, leaving them worried about their future. One such store owner says, she might close up shop -- leaving her town with one more shuttered small business.
Civil rights groups have filed an injunction to block a Georgia law that cracks down on illegal immigration. They’re asking a federal judge to halt the law before it goes into effect on July 1. The groups are also asking the judge to expedite a hearing on a class-action lawsuit filed last week.