Taking a look back at 2017, we saw many immigration laws and policies being modified and enacted, many of which were the result of Donald Trump becoming the 45th President of the United States. With his promises to “make America great again” by means of tightening the immigration laws currently active, we saw just how much change he was willing to make. And over the course of 2017, the state of Georgia experienced some changes in policies, some of which are provided below for you to read about below.
- Changes to Sanctuary Policies- A city that follows sanctuary policies tend to limit their cooperation with federal immigration authorities. While there once were many cities that limited their cooperation in an effort to protect immigrants, with penalties increasing, many cities are less likely to comply with these policies any longer. In 2017, Georgia along with 35 states including the District of Columbia, “considered more than 100 bills this year regarding sanctuary jurisdictions or noncompliance with immigration detainers.” Georgia happened to be one state that enacted laws opposing sanctuary policies [Source: NCSL].
- GA H 268– While you once could provide a legible copy of your U.S. naturalization documents to apply to register to vote, now all individuals who apply in Georgia must provide a valid Georgia driver’s license, an identification card, or the last four digits of their social security number. This new law amends the existing statute. If you wish to learn about what requirements are needed to obtain a social security number or driver’s license in GA, our immigration and visa lawyers can explain this to you.
- GA H 37– If there were any postsecondary institutions that adopted sanctuary policies in the state, this law now enforces penalties for any institution that violates the current immigration laws. This means more schools will be obliged to cooperate with immigration officials rather than withhold information from them.
- GA H 452- This law requires that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation publish information on aliens who have been released from federal custody within 12 hours after receiving such information.
- GA HR 38- This resolution established Korean American Day, which now falls on January 23, 2017 and celebrates Korean Americans and their contributions to the U.S.
- GA HR 320- This resolution declares that the month of April is now recognized as “Genocide Prevention and Awareness Month” in Georgia. The purpose of this is to commemorate the several genocides that occurred in history and memorialize the victims and survivors, which includes refugees, to prevent such events from occurring again in the future.
If you would like to view the entire list of all the new immigration-related laws that have taken effect in the state of Georgia in 2017, you can visit the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) website do so.
It is important that all immigrants residing in Atlanta, GA become aware of the current laws that have taken effect as they could have an impact on your status or the changes you may want to make in the future regarding your status. If you would like more information on some of the other laws that have been enacted, you can always contact Kuck Baxter Immigration in Atlanta and meet with an Atlanta immigration lawyer.
Our firm is dedicated to helping immigrants living in Atlanta achieve their goals and provide them with the legal assistance they might need. If you are currently dealing with an immigration matter and feel you could benefit from some legal advice, call us at 404-816-8615 to get in touch with an Atlanta immigration and green card attorney.