Gwinnett County has renewed an agreement allowing its officers to enforce some federal immigration laws. Since 2009, Gwinnett County sheriff deputies have been able to check the immigration status of arrested people.
Georgia's Immigration Enforcement Review Board has received a complaint that many city and county government agencies are not complying with a key part of the state's new anti-illegal immigration law. Government employers with two or more employees must file annual reports certifying they and their public works contractors are using the E-Verify system.
A group of Democratic State Senators brought an immigration hearing to Savannah this weekend. A panel led by Tucker State Senator Curt Thompson is a Democratic version of an all Republican one that met last year. Both committees have collected testimony on immigration's impact on Georgia.
The leaders of the Georgia House and Senate have announced the creation of a 14 member panel to look into Georgia immigration laws ahead of next year's General Assembly. The Senate leader, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, says the aim is to use every option to lessen illegal immigration's impact in Georgia. His election opponent says, it's too little, too late.
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.