Atlanta, Georgia. (PRWEB) August 15, 2014
A new report by advocacy associations has been published based on information released by government records obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. “This report shows an alarming increase of police involvement in immigration enforcement causing unconscionable results such as prejudice and mass deportations of non-criminals,” said Leslie Diaz, an immigration attorney in Georgia, “we are very concerned in light of this information,” added the Atlanta immigration lawyer.
According to the published data, nearly 18,000 Georgia families have been affected by the increase of police involvement in immigration enforcement, with one of their members being deported.
According to Leslie Diaz, an Atlanta immigration attorney, of Weinstock Immigration Lawyers, “this only shows an increasingly arbitrary system based on prejudice and appearances, where people are more likely to be pulled over by police if they are of color. It really is unfair.”
“The data reveals that the federal agency's practice of requesting the extended incarceration of an individual because of the suspicion of immigration status violations rose significantly, where those targeted being of “dark or medium complexion.” It is significant that 40% of the records are traffic or minor offenses which are not and should not be immigration enforcement priorities,” added the immigration lawyer in Georgia.
“This brings an opportunity to Georgia law enforcement officials to stop focusing on minor offenses and actually do some work to catch some hardened criminals and protect family unity by ending state and local involvement in federal immigration programs,” said the immigration attorney in Atlanta. “ICE, which is the agency responsible for enforcement, does not want to go after the non-criminals or those with minor traffic offenses; so many times they are released anyway. Why arrest them in the first place?” added the Atlanta immigration attorney.
“The police should just stop getting involved in immigration enforcement, unless someone is a danger to the public or committed a serious crime”, Immigration attorney in Atlanta GA Diaz concluded.
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The Report "Prejudice, Policing, and Public Safety: The Impact of Immigration Hyper-Enforcement in Georgia" was produced by the ACLU of Georgia, GLAHR, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, and the Immigrant Rights Clinic at the NYU School of Law and is available online here.