14,000 Aliens Deported from Georgia and the Carolinas Over Past 8 Months

     United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and state and local authorities have deported over 14,000 illegal aliens from Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina in the past eight months, according to the Macon Telegraph. Barbara Gonzalez, a spokeswoman for ICE, told reporters that ICE typically becomes aware of illegals through screening of inmates by state and local jails, or through workplace raids. Any alien serving a sentence for a crime must complete their sentence before being removed by ICE. Once removal proceedings are final against an alien, the alien is flown back to his or her native country, sometimes with an escort if certain risk factors are present. Gonzalez said that each alien flown back to his or her country costs taxpayers between $600 and $700.

ICE Cracking Down on "Loco" Local Latino Gangs

    Georgia is home to a large Hispanic population. Unfortunately, various Latino gangs also consider Georgia to be part of their turf, including gangs such as "Mara Salvatrucha,"  or "MS-13," "Norteno," the "West Side Locos" and the "Vatos Locos."  Mexicans, Guatemalans, Hondurans and Salvadorans all have gangs within the state.
    According to the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) concluded a nationwide operation, operation "Community Shield," involving federal, state and local authorities, last Saturday. Community Shield has rounded up a total of 8,900 Latino gang members from more than 700 gangs since 2005. 122 gang members were arrested in Georgia, including in metro Atlanta, Savannah, Albany and Dalton.

Hall County Sheriff Now Extension of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

The growing anti-illegal immigration movement is showing increasing effects in Georgia, with growing consequences for illegals arrested for crimes. The Hall County Sheriff’s Department has finally implemented a new program which will allow deputies to initiate deportation proceedings against illegals in custody. Hall County deputies have undergone a Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) training course. Section 287(g) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act authorizes the secretary of the United States Department of Homeland Security , pursuant to a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), to enter into agreements with state and local law enforcement agencies, permitting designated officers to perform immigration law enforcement functions. ICE supervises all designated officers in the exercise of immigration enforcement. State and local agencies in more than a dozen states have entered into MOAs. Hall County joins Whitfield County and Cobb County as the only areas in Georgia which have entered into the 287(g) program so far.