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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.

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The city of Norcross is partnering with Georgia Tech to study the city’s growing immigrant population.

More than 40 percent of people in Norcross were born in another country. According to the 2013 American Community Survey, Latinos and Asians make up about 60 percent of the population.

Mayor Bucky Johnson said there’s a gap between the city and its immigrant population and is hoping this study will allow the city to learn about serving its diverse residents.

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As the saying goes, there’s nothing more American than Mom, apple pie and baseball. So, it seems fitting that a group of more than 1000 new U.S. citizens may end their first day as Americans with a Braves game.

There may be citizens who emigrated from 120 countries in the stands for Wednesday night’s Braves game against the New York Mets.

During a naturalization ceremony at Turner Field Wednesday morning, Braves President John Shuerholz congratulated the new citizens.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed this week established the Welcoming Atlanta Working Group. The 21-person committee is tasked with developing ways to help immigrants integrate into the Atlanta community.

Monica Fuentes, who is heading the mayor’s initiative, says several factors led to the Reed’s decision.

“Metro Atlanta is actually the second-fastest growing foreign-born population in the United States right now,” she says. “So, the demographics are changing. People are here, people want to go to work, people want to go to school.”

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Georgia’s public high schools and colleges aren’t meeting the needs of students from immigrant families. That’s according to a recent report from the Migration Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.

The report examines how children of immigrants fare in Georgia’s education and workforce preparation systems. Michael Fix, the Migration Policy Institute’s CEO, says there’s room for improvement.