© 2022 WUGA | University of Georgia
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Local News

Georgia City: Immigration Board Members Serving Illegally

A Georgia city wants the state attorney general to review whether most of the state's immigration board members are serving illegally.

Decatur City Attorney Brian Downs wrote that his public records requests suggest the terms have expired for five of the Georgia Immigration Enforcement Review Board's seven members.

Before he lost this year's GOP governor's race, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who appoints two of the board's members, accused Decatur of violating Georgia's law against "sanctuary" cities.

The board preliminarily ruled against Decatur just before the Republican primary, threatening its state funding, after the city put into writing its longstanding policy prohibiting police from holding immigrants without a valid warrant from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Decatur says it conforms with the law and is not a sanctuary city.