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Clarkston Limits Cooperation With Immigration Officers

May 3, 2017
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The Clarkston City Council passed legislation that limits cooperation with federal immigration officers.

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City council members voted unanimously in favor of this measure that adopts a "non-detainer" policy, which means that federal immigration officers can still detain people for immigration violations, but the local police won't get involved. 

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It’s unclear whether some metro Atlanta counties would have faced funding cuts under President Donald Trump’s executive order to withhold funding from so-called “sanctuary cities.”

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Advocates in Atlanta's Somali community are speaking out against recent immigration arrests reported in the Atlanta area, including in Clarkston, Georgia.

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About 10 Somalis were arrested this month, according to Omar Shekhey, president of the Somali American Community Center in Clarkston. He said some have been in the United States for decades and said he fears it will be dangerous to deport them to Somalia.

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This week, a federal judge in Hawaii temporarily blocked President Donald Trump's revised order on travel and immigration.  The renewed legal battle comes at a time when Atlanta area religious leaders are working out their messages to their congregations, about the president's order--and about immigration in general.

On the day the judge in Hawaii issued the temporary block on the president's order, WABE's Denis O'Hayer spoke with Atlanta Catholic Archbishop Wilton Gregory at the archdiocese office in Smyrna.

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President Trump has signed a revised executive order, once again barring travel to the United States from six majority-Muslim countries and suspending the U.S. refugee program.

It's similar to the president's January order that was blocked by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. But this latest order leaves Iraq off the list of barred countries. The White House cites more cooperation with the Iraqi government in vetting people who apply for U.S. visas.

Closer Look: Welcoming America; 'We Stood Up'; And More

Feb 14, 2017
Protesters stand outside of the South Domestic Terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Sunday. The Atlanta airport protest was among several that occurred in airports across the country.
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Tuesday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

Closer Look: Immigration Raids; Refugees; And More

Feb 13, 2017
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Monday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

Protesters stand outside of the South Domestic Terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Sunday. The Atlanta airport protest was among several that occurred in airports across the country.
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Two metro Atlanta college students are among those unable to return to the United States because of the Trump administration's travel ban.

Reham Noaman is a third-year graduate student at Clark Atlanta University, while her sister, Rakhaa, is a sophomore at Georgia State University.

Both have student visas, according to their schools.

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At least four people were held at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Saturday following President Donald Trump's executive actions restricting immigration, according to a local immigration attorney. 

Sarah Owings, who chairs the Georgia-Alabama chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, said the original four people who were reported detained Saturday afternoon have since been released. She added that others were in custody, though it was unclear how many.

Advocates Call For Atlanta To Be A Sanctuary City

Jan 27, 2017
Azadeh Shahshahani speaks out against President Donald Trump's executive orders on immigration.
Miranda Hawkins / WABE

Immigrant advocates gathered near the state capitol on Thursday in protest of President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration.

Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday that will stop federal funding for sanctuary cities or cities that don't cooperate with federal immigration officials.

Azadeh Shahshahani is a human rights attorney in Atlanta. She was one of Thursday's advocates.

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A Georgia lawmaker says he's looking to pursue a measure to block state funding to universities that declare themselves "sanctuaries" for students without legal status. 

Elly Yu / WABE

About 100 immigrant families with their kids trickle into a community center in Carrolton, Georgia. It’s the Friday after Election Day, and they’ve come to hear how Trump’s win could affect them and their families.  

Gyla Gonzalez, executive director of Latinos United of Carroll County, leads the group in prayer before the information session begins.

“Our Lord, thank you for everything that you give to us, your love, your mercy,” she prays.

Elly Yu / WABE

President-elect Donald Trump has said he would end President Barack Obama's "unconstitutional" executive actions, including on immigration, once he takes office.

Obama’s deferred action programs have given temporary protection from deportation to thousands of young people who were brought to the country illegally as children, and now those in Georgia say they’re worried about their future.

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As Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence bounces around Georgia today and tomorrow, he'll continue to face questions about his running mate's shifting immigration policy proposals.

Donald Trump has said he plans to clarify his stance in a speech in Arizona on Wednesday, but until then, even one of Georgia's staunchest opponents of illegal immigration isn't clear about where the Trump campaign will land on the issue.

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On a hot Saturday afternoon a large trolley pulls out of the Doraville Library parking lot. It’s the kind of bus you see rolling through Midtown painted in the gold and white of Georgia Tech. But instead of ferrying college students to class, this trolley is filled with excited foodies ready to try new snacks.