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Deal, Olens: Immigration ruling cites states' role

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and Attorney General Sam Olens say they see Monday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Arizona's immigration law as recognizing that states have an important role in enforcing federal immigration law.

Georgia was one of 16 states that filed a brief in the Arizona case. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a provision that requires police to check the immigration status of someone they suspect is not in the country legally.

It wasn't immediately clear how Monday's ruling would affect Georgia's immigration law, which is before the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Representatives for Olens and Deal said they wouldn't be available for interviews.

Monday's ruling also struck down key provisions of Arizona's law, including one allowing authorities to arrest people on minor immigration charges.

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kevin 2 years, 6 months ago

When are these stupid people going to go hide under a rock until they follow the legal process like all the others did? They have a nerve to openly yell for "rights." You aren't going to take mine away that I earned and fought for. Go back to your great world where you came from and stand in line. We have enough Americans still looking for work, including all the college grads. The young ought to be taking heed of this problem as long as Obama and the Liberals stay around in power. They have dong NOTHING for immigration in 3 1/2 yrs and now want to kiss-ass all you illegals. I hope you are stopped at the voting poll because you have no right to vote in this country either. You are no different the those in prison who are not allowed to vote.

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Cleanupguy 2 years, 6 months ago

The first step in achieving a solution would be to disconnect the issue from blind politics. As noted below, deportatations have in fact risen under Obama, and there has been no wholesale amnesty, like say the 2 million free passes that Ronald Reagan gave to illegals.

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JV 2 years, 6 months ago

Big Sis over at DHS immediately responded to the court ruling by rescinding the 287(g) program with Arizona police agencies. ICE will now be selective in responding to the expected increase in calls from Arizona police agencies about immigration status and will not respond to the scene unless the person in question “meets certain criteria”.

We can expect the same here in Gwinnett County when the Georgia law clears the courts. No reason for celebrating here. The States have won nothing.

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Cleanupguy 2 years, 6 months ago

Please try to be a little less misleading. Arizona had only a handful of Sheriff’s Departments with 287(g) programs operating at street level still in place - those have in fact been suspended. All programs like Gwinnett’s (where those already arrested and in jail are screened) are all still in place in Arizona. There is a HUGE difference between random stops on the street and screening those already arrested for other crimes. Gwinnett's 287(g) is expected to remain alive and well.

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notblind 2 years, 6 months ago

There is no way the feds can do the job on their own. If they actually wanted to do the job that hasn't been done since the 60's they would have to rely on local LEO assets so why not do more to give the locals the tools they need ? This is all the Arizona laws do. Namely give local LEO the tools to apprehend [ then detain and transfer to ICE ] people in this country illegally.

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FactChecker 2 years, 6 months ago

Obviously, the discussion is driven by emotion and not by facts. Kevin, the facts are that deportation of illegals have been continually rising during President Obama's, far exceeding President G W Bush. We have even tightened the borders so fewer are getting into the country. notblind, The part of the Arizona law that was struck down pertained to the would have allowed the police to stop people based on the assumption of the police that the person might not be legal and detain them if they cannot produce papers proving citizenship. Since American citizens are never required to carry papers proving citizenship, this would violate the rights of citizens. The courts did uphold the ability of the police to check the immigration status of people being detained for other crimes. Only Two justices believed that the entire Arizona law should stand.

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BuzzG 2 years, 6 months ago

Riddle: When is an illegal alien not an illegal alien?

Answer: When Dear Leader Obama says they are not.

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Cleanupguy 2 years, 6 months ago

Thanks, FactChecker. Why let facts get in the way of a perfectly good political argument? Another fact is that the public wants better enforcement of immigration laws, but it ain't free.

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JV 2 years, 6 months ago

Perhaps it is the Governor of Arizona that is being "misleading"?

Statement by Governor Jan Brewer

President Obama Once Again Abandons Citizens of Arizona

“As though we needed any more evidence, President Obama has demonstrated anew his utter disregard for the safety and security of the Arizona people. Within the last two hours, I have been notified the Obama administration has revoked the 287(g) agreement under the authority of which Arizona law enforcement officers have partnered with the federal government in the enforcement of immigration law.

“Of course, it is no coincidence that this announcement comes immediately on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the constitutionality of the heart of Arizona’s anti-illegal immigration law: SB 1070. It’s worth noting that 68 law enforcement entities in 24 states have functioning 287(g) agreements with the federal government. But it appears the only agreements eliminated today were those in Arizona, the state that happens to be on the front lines of America’s fight against illegal immigration. We are on our own, apparently.

“I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised. The Obama administration has fought the people of Arizona at every turn – downplaying the threat that a porous border poses to our citizens, filing suit in order to block our State from protecting itself, unilaterally granting immunity to tens of thousands of illegal aliens living in our midst, and now this. Still, the disarmament of Arizona’s 287(g) agreements is a new low, even for this administration.

“Since 2006, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security credits the 287(g) program with identifying nearly 300,000 potentially-removable aliens nationwide. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has trained and certified more than 1,500 state and local officers to assist in the enforcement of immigration law, including many in Arizona. In fact, even as the President was wiping out Arizona’s 287(g) agreements, the ICE website itself continued to herald the collaborative approach of the 287(g) program, noting, ‘Terrorism and criminal activity are most effectively combated through a multi-agency/multi-authority approach that encompasses federal, state and local resources, skills and expertise.’

“The President’s action should be of concern to all Americans. This fight is not over. President Obama may disregard Congress. He may target individual states like Arizona. He may generally act with impunity. But he is not above judgment – and the American people will have theirs very soon.”

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BuzzG 2 years, 6 months ago

One more reason to get Obama out of the White House. November 6 can't come soon enough for me. 10's of millions of Americans unemployed and more Latinos sneak across the border every day. $16 trillion in Federal government debt but we can still find money to pay healthcare, criminal justice and "public assistance" for illegal aliens.

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Say_that_again 2 years, 6 months ago

Yeah! Lets ignore the facts and stick to our positions. Prejudices should always outweigh reason!

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