Posted on June 29, 2011 by SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center
Protesters gather outside the Georgia govenor’s office in May, when HB 87 passed.
CNN Wire Staff–June 28, 2011 5:58 a.m. EDT
Atlanta (CNN) — A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction Monday temporarily blocking key provisions of a new Georgia law that aims to crack down on illegal immigration, while allowing other parts of the law to move forward.
Most of the law, known as HB 87, was scheduled to go into effect Friday.
U.S. District Judge Thomas Thrash Jr.’s ruling blocks enforcement of two of the most controversial sections of the law.
“State and local law enforcement officers and officials have no authorization to arrest, detain or prosecute anyone based upon sections 7 and 8 of HB 87 while this injunction remains in effect,” Thrash ruled.
Those sections would allow police to inquire about immigration status when questioning suspects in certain criminal investigations. They also would punish people who, during the commission of a crime, knowingly transport or harbor illegal immigrants. Something like speeding or driving without proper equipment could constitute a crime. (more…)
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Posted on June 24, 2011 by SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center
From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Many major Atlanta area police departments have not started training officers to enforce Georgia’s tough new anti-illegal immigration law, which is supposed to take effect July 1.
Among them are the DeKalb and Fulton county police departments and the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the state police. Cherokee County
will start training Wednesday; the Atlanta Police Department refused to discuss the question.
Part of the problem is uncertainty over the fate of the law, which is being challenged in federal court. Some law enforcement agencies say they won’t train their officers until after the judge rules on whether it can take effect. Meanwhile, some local police call the law vague and various agencies are divided on the powers it would give them.
The prospect of uneven enforcement was on the judge’s mind Monday as he questioned lawyers for the state and the groups that are challenging the law. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Thrash said local authorities might pick and choose whom to target for investigation, favoring some people and not others.
Thrash said he will rule by July 1 on whether the law should be put on hold. (more…)
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