Mexican and Guatemalan laborers probably won’t see any of the back pay they’re owed by a Franklin-based forestry contractor. A federal Judge in Atlanta this week ordered Eller and Sons Trees, Inc. to pay $11.8 million to the guest workers, but neither side thinks that will happen.
Thousands of undocumented Georgians are applying for deferred access status under a controversial program Pres. Obama announced in June. It will spare some immigrants from deportation for two years. And it will affect many young people whose legal status has kept them in limbo.
Advocates say the recent Obama administration policy change won't directly change a little-known visa program for young illegal immigrants, but it may make young illegal immigrants more comfortable coming forward for help.
A three judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta ruled [yesterday/Monday] that police in Georgia can investigate a suspect’s immigration status and take illegal immigrants to jail. But another court considering the case must also rule before the so-called “show me your papers” law goes into effect.
University System of Georgia officials say, President Obama’s immigration order in June won’t change anything for undocumented students now barred from the state’s top colleges. But some immigration attorneys disagree.
A reporter for Georgia’s largest Spanish language newspaper is facing possible deportation back to El Salvador. Mario Guevara writes frequently about immigration, but now finds himself the subject of many of those same issues.