The ACLU of Georgia filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) seeking public records on Georgia’s involvement in immigration enforcement.  The lawsuit alleges that DHS and ICE have failed to comply with the Freedom of Information Act and demands release of the requested records.

The impact of Georgia’s experiment with immigration enforcement, through 287(g) agreements, the Secure Communities program, and HB 87, is largely unstudied.  The records sought will reveal who is being targeted for immigration enforcement and how increased immigration enforcement by police is impacting public safety and civil rights.

We were finally able to receive a substantial number of records to enable publication of a comprehensive report in July 2014 titled “Prejudice, Policing, and Public Safety: The Impact of Immigration Hyper-Enforcement in Georgia.” The National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and the NYU Immigrant Rights Clinic are cooperating attorneys.

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