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Clarkston Limits Cooperation With Immigration Officers

May 3, 2017
Charles Reed / U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via AP

The Clarkston City Council passed legislation that limits cooperation with federal immigration officers.

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City council members voted unanimously in favor of this measure that adopts a "non-detainer" policy, which means that federal immigration officers can still detain people for immigration violations, but the local police won't get involved. 

Haven Daley / Associated Press

It’s unclear whether some metro Atlanta counties would have faced funding cuts under President Donald Trump’s executive order to withhold funding from so-called “sanctuary cities.”

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Charles Reed / U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via AP

Advocates in Atlanta's Somali community are speaking out against recent immigration arrests reported in the Atlanta area, including in Clarkston, Georgia.

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About 10 Somalis were arrested this month, according to Omar Shekhey, president of the Somali American Community Center in Clarkston. He said some have been in the United States for decades and said he fears it will be dangerous to deport them to Somalia.

Al Such / WABE

This week, a federal judge in Hawaii temporarily blocked President Donald Trump's revised order on travel and immigration.  The renewed legal battle comes at a time when Atlanta area religious leaders are working out their messages to their congregations, about the president's order--and about immigration in general.

On the day the judge in Hawaii issued the temporary block on the president's order, WABE's Denis O'Hayer spoke with Atlanta Catholic Archbishop Wilton Gregory at the archdiocese office in Smyrna.

Alex Brandon / Associated Press

President Trump has signed a revised executive order, once again barring travel to the United States from six majority-Muslim countries and suspending the U.S. refugee program.

It's similar to the president's January order that was blocked by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. But this latest order leaves Iraq off the list of barred countries. The White House cites more cooperation with the Iraqi government in vetting people who apply for U.S. visas.