Im­mi­gra­tion board mulls out­side help

Ga. group look­ing to move along back­log of com­plaints.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - METRO - By Jeremy Red­mon

Ge­or­gia’s Im­mi­gra­tion En­force­ment Re­view Board is con­sid­er­ing hir­ing a pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor or a para­le­gal to help it get through a back­log of com­plaints, most of them filed by long­time anti-il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion ac­tivist D.A. King.

Ap­pointed by the gov­er­nor, lieu­tenant gov­er­nor and House speaker, the seven-mem­ber board — which has a $20,000 an­nual bud­get — is now track­ing 14 pend­ing com­plaints. All but one were filed by King, the pres­i­dent and founder of the Dustin In­man So­ci­ety, a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion the South­ern Poverty Law Cen­ter calls a “na­tivist ex­trem­ist” group. Lt. Gov. Casey Ca­gle re­cently filed a com­plaint against De­catur’s po­lice poli­cies.

Ge­or­gia leg­is­la­tors cre­ated the board in 2011 to help en­sure state and lo­cal of­fi­cials en­force im­mi­gra­tion-re­lated laws. The board’s mem­bers serve two-year terms and are not paid, though they can be re­im­bursed for in­ves­tiga­tive-re­lated ex­penses. The board is set to dis­cuss hir­ing out­side help at its 11 a.m. meet­ing today.

“It is just re­ally an op­por­tu­nity to get some ad­min­is­tra­tive sup­port on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion side to help re­fine our process a lit­tle, get these com­plaints kind of mov­ing along to the next phase and so forth,” board Chair­man Shawn Han­ley said.

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