Civil Rights & Immigration

Annual MLK Capitol tribute draws parallels between King, Gandhi

BY: - January 14, 2022

A tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. at the Georgia Capitol Friday spotlighted the connections with fellow civil rights trailblazer Mohandas Gandhi. King family members, Gov. Brian Kemp, and the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus were among the guests at Georgia’s 37th annual Capitol celebration of King, who would have turned 93 on Saturday. Keynote speaker […]

U.S. Ag Secretary commits to help Black farmers get back to land during Georgia stop

BY: - January 11, 2022

A plan to provide debt relief to Black farmers championed by Sen. Raphael Warnock remains in limbo, but during a trip to Atlanta Monday, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said he’s hopeful a solution will come, whether through Congress or the courts. “We’re filing briefs, we’re filing motions, we’re doing discovery, we’re moving forward so […]

COMMENTARY

Opinion: Congress should keep fighting to support immigration reform in spending plan

BY: - December 15, 2021

It’s an important time of year, as our congressional leaders work to pass a budget that will build back our nation’s economy and workforce following the devastating effects of COVID-19. The power lies with Congress to determine funding priorities for the upcoming year through the budget reconciliation process that will ensure we remain competitive and […]

Immigration protections in Biden’s social policy bill face a new test in the Senate

BY: - November 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — Nearly 100 House Democrats are pushing the Senate to expand immigration protections in President Joe Biden’s massive social spending and climate bill, and advocates say that it may be a last opportunity for years to advance any reform. The letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and the chairman of […]

Jury finds McMichaels, Bryan guilty of Ahmaud Arbery’s murder

BY: - November 24, 2021

A nearly all-white jury in a Glynn County courtroom Wednesday afternoon convicted three white men of murder in the death of Ahmaud Arbery as the 25-year-old Black jogger ran through their neighborhood in February 2020. Travis McMichael, seen all over the world in a viral video that shows him firing a shotgun into Arbery at […]

Months after U.S. Afghanistan withdrawal, refugee resettlement effort sluggish

BY: - November 23, 2021

About 700 Afghan refugees have resettled in Georgia in the last several months and work continues to speed up the process of finding permanent homes for many more of them in the nation’s largest resettlement effort in four decades. The U.S. Department of State temporarily halted resettlement efforts from other parts of the world through […]

State Senators tee up redistricting map for speedy approval despite critics

BY: and - November 5, 2021

Georgia Senate Republicans defended their proposed redistricting map against criticism that it violates federal law at a Thursday Reapportionment and Redistricting committee meeting and ahead of a planned Friday vote. Dozens of people crowded into a Capitol meeting room to weigh in on the map before the committee considers passing it and it heads for […]

State House committee hears pitch to give Georgia DACA students in-state tuition

BY: - October 21, 2021

Georgia lawmakers are set to convene under the Gold Dome in January for the 2022 General Assembly, and that means a second chance for bills that did not cross the finish line this year. Immigration rights activists are hoping a proposed law that would allow Georgia’s so-called Dreamers — recipients of the Obama-era Deferred Action […]

Biden administration rolls out new rule to bolster DACA as lawsuit continues

BY: - September 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Monday unveiled a proposed new rule that would strengthen the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to protect undocumented people in the program from legal challenges. The proposed rule, announced by the Department of Homeland Security, would “preserve and fortify” the DACA program, an Obama administration-era initiative that protects from deportation […]

Immigration reform blocked from Congress’ reconciliation bill, Democrats vow to try again

BY: - September 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate parliamentarian has turned down a plan to include a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented people in the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, a blow for Democrats and immigration advocacy groups when the decision was disclosed late Sunday. “We are deeply disappointed in this decision but the fight to provide […]

Afghans likely to find Georgia a more welcoming place than prior refugees

BY: - September 17, 2021

Eleven-year-old Heval Mohamed Kelli thought his family was going on vacation after crossing the Syrian border into Turkey in 1996 as his father paid smugglers to fly them to safety in Germany. He was unaware at the time of the political persecution his father, an attorney, faced in Syria or of how life would change […]

House reconciliation package would provide path to citizenship

BY: - September 6, 2021

A provision tucked in the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package would direct Congress to chart a path for citizenship for millions of undocumented people. If passed, the House provision would provide a pathway to citizenship for those in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, often referred to as Dreamers; farmworker workers; those who hold a Temporary […]