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Friday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, speaking with Denis O'Hayer at the WABE studios on February 17, 2017.
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As President Donald Trump prepares a revised version of his executive order on travel and immigration, he continues to promise tougher enforcement against people who are in the country illegally. Earlier this months, ICE raids in Georgia resulted in 87 arrests.

Closer Look: Immigration Raids; Refugees; And More

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

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Wednesday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

 Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Ga.
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Immigrants detained in Georgia’s immigration detention centers were deported at a higher percentage rate in the last fiscal year and were less likely to receive bond than immigrants in detention centers nationwide, according to an analysis by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The organization said it used data obtained from U.S. Immigration and Customers Enforcement that looked at data in fiscal year 2015 from October 2014 to July 2015.

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In December, Dora Hernandez was waiting for her son to come home, having prepared him food – eggs and refried beans.

Her son, Jaime Arceno Hernandez, had gone to the immigration court office in Atlanta that morning, like he had done several times since he crossed the border illegally two years ago when he was 16, she said. He, like many unaccompanied minors who were stopped at the border, were given court hearings to try to contest deportation.

As it got later in the day, she kept texting him about why he hadn’t come back yet. Jaime didn’t respond.

Courtesy of Marie

Update on June 23, 11:32 a.m.: The Supreme Court has ruled in a 4-4 tie vote, which leaves in place a lower court decision blocking President Barack Obama's DAPA immigration program.

Marie*, 21, has a lot on her mind.

“I worry. I worry all the time,” she said.

She said she worries that her parents will be deported, leaving her and her two younger sisters behind in their suburban Atlanta home.

“If they leave, it’s just – it would hurt the family,” she said.

 Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Ga.
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Federal officials said they’ll continue their efforts to detain immigrants who’ve entered the country illegally since 2014, including those who were part of the immigration surge from Central America.

Reuters recently reported that federal immigration officials are planning a series of raids in May and June over a month-long period. The raids have prompted some immigration advocates in Georgia to help prepare people with “know-your-rights” sessions.

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The Obama administration is openly stepping up efforts to find and deport immigrants who were part of the 2014 surge of illegal crossings by unaccompanied children and families.

The politically fraught endeavor is a follow-through on a nearly 2-year-old warning that those immigrants who don't win permission to stay in the United States would be sent packing. It comes at a time when Republican presidential candidates are pushing for tougher immigration action.

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Hall County is facing a lawsuit over the county jail's use of a federal immigration program known as 287 (g), which allows local law enforcement officers to identify undocumented immigrants in partnership with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Arturo Corso, a lawyer for two plaintiffs, sued the Hall County Sheriff’s Office in state court earlier this year, arguing the program deprives people of their right to court.  

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.
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Federal immigration officials say they've arrested 60 people in a targeted sweep in metro Atlanta, the Augusta area and in northwest Georgia. 

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.
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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.

A shackled illegal immigrant from El Salvador walks to an MD-80 aircraft for a repatriation flight with 79 other illegal immigrants back to El Salvador, Tuesday, June 26, 2012 from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa, Ariz.
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Nationwide, the number of law enforcement agencies using a controversial program for immigration enforcement has dropped by nearly half in recent years. On Tuesday, Los Angeles County voted to stop using a federal program known as 287 (g), which allows immigration agents in jails and trains local law enforcement to identify inmates who are deportable.

Currently, there are 33 counties across the country that have agreements with ICE. 

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Another metro Atlanta sheriff’s office announced it won’t honor detainer requests by  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). DeKalb Sheriff Jeffrey L. Mann joined Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill and Fulton County commissioners in refusing to comply with the requests.

ICE detainers ask jails to hold prisoners 48 hours past their release dates so the agency can check immigration status. Some recent federal court decisions have determined such requests violate the Fourth Amendment.

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President Obama’s executive action on immigration will provide temporary deportation relief and work permits for millions of undocumented immigrants. But some faith-based communities are split on whether it was wise for the president to take matters into his own hands.

Atlanta’s Catholic Archdiocese favors the president’s plan.

The initiative would offer an alternative to jail.

The Fulton County Commission wants the sheriff’s office to stop cooperating with federal immigration policies under a resolution passed by the board Wednesday.  

The resolution urges Sheriff Ted Jackson to bar U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, officials from using county facilities “for investigative interview or other purposes.”