Posts Tagged ‘Georgia’

11th Circuit upholds most of Georgia’s illegal-immigration law

Friday, August 24th, 2012


(Atlanta Journal Constitution) UPDATE at 5:50 p.m.: Regarding the section of the law that makes it illegal to knowingly transport or harbor illegal immigrants, the court found not only that Georgia’s law infringes on the federal prerogative to make immigration law. The court further ruled that Georgia could not make it illegal to induce an illegal immigrant to enter the state once already present in the U.S. Those provisions remain blocked from taking effect by a court injunction.

To be clear, and to correct my inapt phrasing in the original post, the court did not say the other sections of the law are constitutional. A lower court had enjoined two sections from taking effect while the question of constitutionality is argued. The section of the law dealing with checking detainees’ immigration status is still being challenged, although the Supreme Court’s rulingabout a similar law in Arizona suggests that section is likely to remain in place until and unless there are specific challenges to the way it is applied.


The 11th Circuit has upheld the controversial section of Georgia’s 2011 illegal-immigration law that allows law enforcement to check the immigration status of people detained for certain crimes. The federal appeals court found 22 of the law’s 23 sections met constitutional muster and kept only one section blocked from taking effect. 

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Asian Americans now country’s fastest growing racial group

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

(Los Angeles Times) Increased immigration from South Asia helped fuel the rapid growth in the number of Asian Americans over the last decade as well as an influx of Asians to states such as Nevada, Arizona, North Carolina and Georgia, according to an analysis of U.S. Census data released Wednesday.

Growing numbers of Indians, Bangladeshis and Pakistanis and other South Asians highlight the increasing diversity of Asian Americans in the U.S. and the need for policymakers to understand that diversity, according to “A Community of Contrasts,” published by the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice.

Looking at Asian Americans as a single group masks the distinct social and economic needs of the various ethnicities involved, said Dan Ichinose, director of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center’s Demographic Research Project. For example, while 23% of Pakistani and Bangladeshi Americans lack health insurance, only 8% of Japanese Americans do.

And while 26% of Hmong Americans and 20% of Bangladeshi Americans live below the poverty line, only 6% of Filipinos and 8% of Indians do.

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Tensions rise as Latinos feel under siege in America’s deep south

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

(The Guardian)The mobile home that Nancy Lugo and her two children live in might not seem like much to many people.

It sits off a dirt road, by a slow-moving creek, on the outskirts of the tiny Georgia town of Uvalda. It is surrounded by thick forest and fields full of the local speciality: Vidalia onions.
But for Lugo, 34, it is a symbol of a better life in America. Here in Georgia, far from her native Mexico, Lugo has a solid job, sends her kids to school and loves the rhythm of rural life. "It is peaceful. I am happy here," she said.
The patch of land she bought for her trailer was vacant before she came. But she dug a well and sank septic tanks, carving a home from the wilderness in a grand American tradition. She got a job. She paid her taxes.
Now it is all under threat.

African American Woman Convicted Of Vehicular Homicide For Crossing The Street To Get Home

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

(Think Progress) The blog Feministing has flagged a troubling story from Cobb County, Georgia. An Atlanta-area mother attempted to cross the street with her children from a bus stop to her home, and lost her son to a hit and run:

On April 10, she and her three children — Tyler, 9, A.J., 4, and Lauryn, 3 — went shopping because the next day was Nelson’s birthday. They had pizza, went to Wal-Mart and missed a bus, putting them an hour late getting home. Nelson, a student at Kennesaw State University, said she never expected to be out after dark, especially with the children.

When the Cobb County Transit bus finally stopped directly across from Somerpoint Apartments, night had fallen. She and the children crossed two lanes and waited with other passengers on the raised median for a break in traffic. The nearest crosswalks were three-tenths of a mile in either direction, and Nelson wanted to get her children inside as soon as possible. A.J. carried a plastic bag holding a goldfish they’d purchased.

“One girl ran across the street,” Nelson said. “For some odd reason, I guess he saw the girl and decided to run out behind her. I said, ‘Stop, A.J.,’ and he was in the middle of the street so I said keep going. That’s when we all got hit.

An all-white jury has convicted the woman, an African American, of vehicular homicide, even though she was not driving a car. Jerry Guy, the man who struck the boy with his car and fled the scene, pleaded guilty to hit-and-run, and has already served a six-month sentence. As reporter Elise Hitchcock notes, the woman “may serve more time than the driver who hit and killed her 4-year-old son.”

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Hispanic Stores in Atlanta Close to Protest Anti-Immigrant Law

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

(Latin American Herald Tribune) Many Hispanic stores in Atlanta closed in protest against Georgia’s HB 87, a law sanctioning illegal immigrants that went into effect without two of its harshest provisions.

On Friday the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, together with other civil organizations, called on the Hispanic and immigrant community to go on strike to show their “economic power.”

As part of the “Day Without Immigrants,” activists urged the immigrant community not to buy, sell, or go to work.

Several of the Latino community’s favorite meeting places remained desolate Friday afternoon, while the few pedestrians in the area expressed their concern about the new measure.

“We’re upset about this law, but for now there’s nothing we can do but to keep fighting,” said Aurelio Charles, a Mexican immigrant who has lived in Atlanta for 10 years.

The 43-year-old immigrant, a native of Tamaulipas, seemed worried about the possibility of being detained for his immigration status and not being able to help his family in Mexico economically.

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