Georgia is now the home of 104 new U.S. citizens. On Nov. 14, candidates for citizenship representing 53 countries around the world stood to take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States. Vice President Joe Biden gave the welcome remarks at the naturalization ceremony held in the Freedom Auditorium of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center in downtown Atlanta. The ceremony was one of 120 naturalization ceremonies held throughout the nation between Nov. 7 and Nov. 13 to welcome approximately 8,000 new U.S. citizens.
Opponents of a state college system policy are still waiting for a response to their lawsuit challenging Georgia’s treatment of undocumented students. But they say the state has already granted some rights to the students who are suing.
Chancellor Hank Huckaby, head of the University System of Georgia, had planned to discuss a controversial policy on undocumented students attending state colleges, but decided against it because of a newly-filed lawsuit on the issue.
An Atlanta-based immigration attorney planned to file a lawsuit Wednesday against Georgia’s Board of Regents. Currently, a Regents policy requires illegal immigrants to pay out-of-state tuition at the state’s colleges and universities, even if they graduated from a Georgia high school.
A civil rights coalition will begin monitoring 28 jurisdictions after a federal judge ruled that Georgia law enforcement can ask a person to prove their legal status. Immigration advocates want to make sure officers don’t go beyond the letter of the law.
Two years after Georgia and Alabama passed tough laws to drive away people living in the country illegally, the states' agricultural areas are still heavily populated with foreign workers, many of whom don't have legal authorization to be here.
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.
The Congressional Budget Office released a report this week that says reforming the nation’s immigration system would cut the deficit and boost the economy. The report focuses on the economic impact of a sector of the workforce that’s also the subject of research by a nonprofit, bi-partisan group in Georgia called The Essential Economy. That group says Georgia’s economy *depends* on lower-skilled workers, many of whom are undocumented.
The U.S. Senate took the first steps toward voting on comprehensive immigration reform Tuesday. It’s expected to pass the Senate, and then it will move to the House, where a tougher battle awaits. If passed in its current form, the bill would affect a wide range of Georgia residents.