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Illegal Immigration

Atlanta Police Chief George Turner answers questions about immigration enforcement.
Lisa Hagen / WABE

Law enforcement leaders across the country have been weighing in on how they plan to handle immigration enforcement under a coming Trump administration. Some cities have loudly declared they won't assist federal agencies in deporting people in spite of the president-elect's threats to block funding.

"We are not a sanctuary city,” said Atlanta police chief George Turner at a press conference Friday.

Andrew Harnik / Associated Press

Recent polls show the race for president tightening – at least in terms of the popular vote – with one, from CNN/ORC, showing Republican candidate Donald Trump slightly ahead. Meanwhile, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has bought some TV ad time in Georgia – the first time a Democrat has done that since the late stages of the 2008 campaign.

With the election just over two months away, the rhetoric from the two major party campaigns has only intensified.  But there's still the question of whether all that talk carries much truth.

Gerald Herbert / WABE

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.


Federal immigration officials say they have detained several families who were living in Georgia and other states as part of a nationwide operation targeting immigrants who recently crossed the U.S.-Mexico border, mostly from Central America. 

Officials detained 121 adults and children, primarily from Georgia, North Carolina and Texas, over the weekend, according to the Department of Homeland Security. A spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement did not provide the specific number of people picked up from Georgia. 

Jeffrey Tapia, outgoing executive director of the Latin American Association, talks with Rose Scott and Denis O'Hayer on A Closer Look on Tuesday, June 23, 2015.
Brenna Beech / WABE

The executive director of the Atlanta based Latin American Association, Jeffrey Tapia, is retiring.

For years, Tapia has held executive positions with LAA and has been on the forefront of immigration rights. During her time at the nonprofit she has helped new immigrants and their families gain access to a wide range of services. That access ultimately translates into much needed assistance and ultimately opportunity for new immigrants.

Atlanta Lawyer Details Awful Conditions Inside ICE Centers

May 15, 2015
an employee of Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Ga., waiting for the front gate to be opened so she can enter.
Kate Brumback / AP Photo, File

Immigrants fleeing gang violence in Central America have languished in federal detention centers – some for almost a year now – after traveling across the U.S southern border by the thousands last summer. The majority of the detainees are women and children.

After harsh criticism over prison-like conditions, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, announced new policy changes this week that could help improve conditions for the immigrants at the detentions centers.

Charles Dharapak / Associated Press

On Feb. 2, President Barack Obama presented his budget plan for the coming fiscal year:  a nearly $4 trillion package that includes increased spending for public works projects like highways and bridges, increased capital gains taxes for upper-income couples, and two years of free tuition for community college students.  

  Republicans immediately declared the President's spending plan dead on arrival.  But even some Democrats are not in step on every item in it.  

Martha Dalton / WABE

President Obama is expected to announce Thursday night he’ll expand his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA. The policy provides temporary deportation relief for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. WABE’s Martha Dalton asked some in Atlanta’s Latino community to weigh in on the issue.

At Plaza Fiesta, a shopping mall on Buford Highway, Roberto Jimenez stands at a counter selling items like t-shirts. He says expanding the DACA program is a good idea.